Highlands & Islands

Our fabulous team of fully trained, insured and disclosure checked Celebrants cover the length and breadth of Scotland (and beyond), so simply click on your location and read all about the Celebrants that cover your area.  Celebrants will travel up to 50 miles for no additional fee; however, mileage will be charged at 50p per mile thereafter.  The majority of our Celebrants are very happy to travel outwith their specified regions, so please feel free to get in touch and ask for an individual quote.

Anne Widdop

2020-06-04T08:28:27+01:00

Anne Widdop, Celebrant & Founding Director

"I love what I do... meeting people and working with them to create a ceremony reflecting who they are and delighting their guests.  My motivation is to help you to bring your family and friends together to celebrate a life event".

As the founding director, Anne is very busy running the Fuze but she is always happy to consider requests for Ceremonies in Skye, Lochaber and the Hebrides.

Anne has been conducting ceremonies since 2006.  She is happy to conduct ceremonies in any location but as an outdoor enthusiast, she is delighted to travel to more adventurous locations:  remote beaches, islands in the Hebrides, top of a mountains ... nothing is too much for Anne.

Anne left her job as a Global Director of a world-wide IT company and decided to take a new direction by establishing Fuze Ceremonies.

Anne lives in Arisaig and is more than happy to talk to you about your thoughts on your big day.  She also conducts Funeral Ceremonies, writes speeches, speaks in public, MC's at events and develops new services for Fuze.

She first became a funeral celebrant after giving a tribute at her mum’s funeral.  She said "We've had a lot of heartbreak in our family and when my brother, my sister and my dad died I felt short-changed by all of their ceremonies.  Little was said about them and I was left feeling sad and angry. So I wrote and read a 20 minute tribute to my mum, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am so happy I did"

Cindy Cosgrove

2020-03-27T09:50:34+00:00

Cindy Cosgrove, Celebrant

"My favourite part of the ceremony? The moment the couple’s eyes meet each other’s as they enter to walk up the aisle! It’s priceless and you can just feel the LOVE!".

I love the freedom having a Humanist Ceremony allows couples. We are so lucky in Scotland to marry pretty much anywhere. I have had the pleasure of marrying couples in some of the most unique and beautiful locations. From castles, to gardens, hotels, country houses, intimate restaurants and even Loch Side, it’s important to me that everything about the ceremony reflects the couple.

With a First Class Honours Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management Cindy has been working with Fuze Ceremonies and on behalf of the Fuze Foundation since 2012. She has a passion to make a difference and is always keen for a new challenge. When she’s not marrying couples and conducting ceremonies Cindy works for the charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). As part of the fundraising team Cindy looks after community fundraising across Scotland and supports individuals who want to fundraise to support Scotland’s mental health.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, in amongst fundraising and conducting ceremonies Cindy enjoys taking part in several events to support various charities. You can often find her racking up the mileage in her trainers and she has completed 4 marathons to date including the London Marathon, Edinburgh Marathon, Stirling Marathon and most recently Mhor Marathon!

All of this coupled with her Humanist beliefs and genuine drive for helping others, training as a Humanist marriage celebrant was a natural progression for Cindy and she feels honored to be able to help couples celebrate and commemorate life’s milestones.

Originally from the Highlands of Scotland but now based in Glasgow, Cindy is happy to conduct ceremonies in Ayrshire (North, South and East), Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, the Greater Glasgow area and Inverness-shire.

Alicia MacDonald

2020-03-27T08:52:12+00:00

Alicia MacDonald, Celebrant

"I want to use my experience, passion and professionalism to help create a meaningful ceremony that you both will remember forever".

Alicia is available to conduct Wedding Ceremonies.

Alicia’s passion is weddings!! She loves meeting with couples, getting to know them and helping them plan such a significant day in their lives. She has worked in the wedding industry for over ten years as an Events and Wedding Planner, working with couples to bring together the vision of their big day in to a reality.

Having been involved in many weddings over the years, Alicia has always enjoyed the wedding ceremonies performed by Humanists. It seemed to resonate with her more, she enjoyed how personalised they were and how they opened up a more open, capturing wedding ceremony.

Having met Anne from Fuze Ceremonies through working in the weddings Industry, Alicia knew the exact person to contact when it came to organising her own wedding. Anne married Alicia and her Partner in October 2014, performing a beautiful, personalised ceremony, one that they will always cherish.

Now working as a Humanist celebrant, Alicia wants to use her experience, passion and professionalism to help create a meaningful ceremony that a couple will remember forever.

Her other passion in life is travel!!! It is something she gets extremely excited about. She loves researching new places to visit, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.

Alicia and her husband are fortunate enough to have travelled across the world together and visited some truly amazing places. They spent a year living and travelling around the whole of Australia, they have backpacked through Thailand and Indonesia, spent a Summer Island hopping in Greece and have visited many European countries and other World-Wide destinations in-between. Their most recent adventure took them to New Zealand where they had an incredible two years working, travelling and living in this amazing country.

During their time in New Zealand they found out they had a mini hitch-hiker travelling with them. So they returned home to Scotland in summer 2016 and their beautiful baby girl, Fearne was born soon after.

Alicia say that Fearne changed their whole lives the day they met her, her presence has encouraged them to be the best possible versions of themselves. She can’t quite talk yet but already her influence on them is incredible. What she hasn’t changed is the couple’s passion to travel, thankfully this little addition to their tribe loves to travel too. At eight weeks old she flew back to New Zealand with them to live for six months. They had a great time living and travelling through this country making memories they can one day share with her. During the trip they spent some time travelling in a campervan were she was truly in her element.

So as you can tell, Alicia’s three passions in life are weddings, travel and being a mummy. Weddings have taught her to be approachable and organised, Travel has taught her to be open-minded and laid-back, Parenting has taught her that she can function as a fairly ‘normal’ human on very little sleep.

Alicia’s passions aside, she wants to hear about what makes you happy, what your adventures have been as a couple and the love that’s brought you to this stage in your relationship.

It is her goal to make you feel at ease, to ensure your plans are put together with care and efficiency to create wonderful memories to start this new chapter of your life together.

Alicia is based in Inverness and is happy to conduct ceremonies across the whole of the Highland and Islands area.

Elizabeth McConnell

2020-03-27T08:38:01+00:00

Elizabeth McConnell, Celebrant

"Creating wonderful memories when planning your wedding and preparing for marriage is something that’s so important and I enjoy working with couples to help them develop something personal and unique. I also want to help families arranging a funeral to make sure their loved one’s story is told and celebrated at what is a very difficult time".

Elizabeth is available to conduct Wedding Ceremonies, Baby Namings &  Funerals Ceremonies.

It’s all about you! Whether that’s creating the most wonderful day to celebrate your wedding or capturing the essence of a loved one when it’s time to say goodbye, Elizabeth believes that everyone has their own unique story to tell.

She will work closely with you to develop the perfect ceremony, helping you to choose the best way to reflect your personalities. From choosing your vows to deciding how you want to share your story, Elizabeth will be with you to make sure you create wonderful memories. She will help you to make your day as personal as possible and it can be as formal or as informal as you are.

When it comes to the end of life, Elizabeth feels that it’s just as important to have a personal celebration that captures the essence of your loved one. Attending funerals the last few years, she was struck by how impersonal some of the services were, even when the person was known to the celebrant. When reflecting on this, Elizabeth’s friends suggested to her that she would be ideally suited to spending time with bereaved families and sharing the story of their loved one.

She was attracted to the Fuze Foundation because of their commitment to reflect the wishes of the family and their contribution to addressing funeral poverty and funeral affordability.

Elizabeth lives in Cumbernauld with her 2 grown-up children and is happy to conduct weddings and funerals across North and South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Stirling or throughout Scotland.

Paula Wilkinson

2020-03-27T08:34:02+00:00

Paula Wilkinson, Celebrant

"No matter what your journey as a couple, it is a one of a kind love story".

Paula lives in the beautiful Highland village of Arisaig on the northwest coast near the Isle of Skye and qualified in 2018 as a Marriage Officer with Fuze Ceremonies.

After conducting a number of wilderness elopements, Paula was so hooked on delivering intimate ceremonies for two in the wilds of the western Highlands that she and Trevor Wilson from Silver Photography decided to start Bog Cotton Scottish Elopements, a company specialising in bespoke adventure elopements throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Paula graduated with first class honours in English Literature and Journalism and she loves the creative element of writing and delivering wedding scripts. She firmly believes that no matter what your journey as a couple, it is a one of a kind love story and she is eager to tell the tale.

Paula is happy to travel throughout Lochaber and welcomes the opportunity to meet couples looking to embrace all that the western Highlands has to offer as a location, both indoor and outdoors, for personality-packed weddings with a twist!

"Paula was the celebrant for our wedding last weekend at Camusdarach Beach in Arisaig. She was so lovely and helpful on the lead up to the wedding, answering all of our questions and making great suggestions for the ceremony. On the day, the weather turned terrible and but Paula helped us set up the location so we could stay out of the rain. The ceremony was amazing, so beautiful and we were blown away by Paulas care and attention to detail. We felt very relaxed as she kept us calm and organised. Thank you Paula for giving us such a perfect day which we will cherish forever".  Ayden & Pete, March 2018

"Paula did an excellent and so very personal humanist ceremony for us in such a beautiful spot. Prior to the wedding Paula helped us with vow suggestions, music and the ceremony itself. She did an excellent job organizing the guests in such a wild spot. It was clear Paula was enjoying events as much as we were and her steady hand through the ceremony kept our nerves in check! We have no hesitation recommending Paula and Fuze".  Gordon & Magda, September 2018

Brian Baxter

2020-05-27T08:44:22+01:00

Brian Baxter, Celebrant

“I take enormous joy in helping others to create their own unique ceremony and to assist them in having the most memorable day of their lives.”

Brian is available to conduct Weddings, Vow Renewals, Baby Naming Ceremonies and Funerals.

Over several years, Brian has witnessed and ably assisted well over 1000 Celebrants in Humanist Wedding Ceremonies across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, particularly so when delivering his Highland Wedding Master of Ceremonies (Toastmaster) provision. Brian is a highly skilled public speaker and has a Robert Burns recital gift. He has an impressive Master of Ceremonies CV. Some clients have said that he is “the calm in the storm”.

He takes great joy in witnessing the freedom that a Humanist Ceremony gives to clients, making the occasion even more memorable for the newlyweds, family and guests. This extensive wedding experience triggered his thought process and it did not take him long to decide to study for and gain the Diploma in Humanist Ceremonies and become a Humanist Celebrant with Fuze Ceremonies.

Brian has been married to Val for over 30 years and have one son, Steven, who has recently “flown the nest”. Steven’s room is now being used as a “Walk in Wardrobe”, in which Brian is not permitted to hang or store any of his Highland clothes!  When not working, Brian and Val like to take Cruise Ship holidays.

Since age 16, Brian has had a staggering 40+ years military experience. At age 40, he took some time out from the military and worked in the Chamber of Commerce, Dundee, as a manager delivering learning & development to clients in a variety age groups. He also had a 3-year spell working for Local Government, as Team Leader of an Anti-Social Behaviour Team! which he says, “made his transition to becoming a celebrant very easy”! These past working experiences have aided him in developing his consulting, listening and toned communication skills and ensure that he always listens to his clients and guides them in their aspiration to create a unique, special, unforgettable, dignified, touched with fun, personal ceremony.

Brian is based in Scone, the biggest village in Scotland! He is enthusiastic to work, guide and inspire you, and is very keen to conduct your unique ceremony, anywhere in Perth, Dundee, Angus and the Tayside surrounding areas. He is more than happy to travel to the far reaches of the Highlands, including Aberdeenshire, Moray and Inverness if required.