On Christmas Eve, I was delighted to marry a couple who had made the long journey from the North of England to marry in Fort William, the capital of the west Highlands. It was a small gathering – just the 3 children and the couple’s witnesses.
They married in the front room of their close friends. They wanted a meaningful ceremony which reflected their beliefs. As they had 3 children I had suggested that they include them in the ceremony. The day was not just about bringing them together as husband and wife but about bringing the family together as one and about their future together. During the ceremony I told the children how important they were and how proud the couple were of them and then asked them if they would all join hands for the vows. It was very emotional, very personal and just about them. They did not want a lot of fuss with a large wedding, the day was all about the marriage and the commitment they were making to each other. A humanist marriage was a perfect choice.
What better way to describe the love they had for each other than to include the poem ‘Today’ by Bertrand Russell.
Today I marry my friend
The one I have laughed and cried with,
The one I have learned from and shared with,
The one I have chosen to support, encourage,
And to give myself to, through all the days
Given to use to share.
Today I marry the one I love
Conducting Humanist marriage ceremonies is an honour and a privilege.
At Fuze we pride ourselves in having Scotland’s top team of writers and speakers. What makes us different is the amount of time that we spend on creating the perfect ceremony. The work we do as Marriage Officers helps people to express their feelings and celebrate the love they have.