Natasha Johnson - Humanist celebrant and ceremony expert

Shouting from the wedding venue rooftops!

On blogging, love and doing it your own way When couples talk to me about their wedding ceremonies or I hear of friends becoming engaged, I am so happy for them, genuinely. For their excitement, their freshness, their enthusiasm for all the possibilities for their big day and beyond. I am so happy, but I am […] Read more…

wedding readings

What is your favourite wedding reading?

One of my brides asked me this very question the other day. Apart from looking at her blankly for a few seconds with my mouth slightly ajar, there was very little else I could do. It wasn’t that I didn’t welcome the question but simply that this question falls into the realm of those unanswerable […] Read more…

Beautiful wedding ceremony in a chapel

Him, her and a chapel full of love

Carol and Ollie were infectious. No, I don’t mean they were carrying some nasty bug that made my skin itch, I mean their very beings, their energy and presence. The minute I met them, I loved them and the buzz that they had for their wedding day was so catching! That’s exactly how it was for me. I don’t […] Read more…

Readings at wedding ceremonies

How to pick your wedding reading

Make sure to have the reading that reflects you best When my best friend got married she chose as one of her readings a tongue-in-cheek newspaper article about marriage. It was hilarious. Or should I say, I found it hilarious. A quick look around the room and I could see some elderly aunts perhaps could […] Read more…

A ceremony set in a tropical paradise

Where hints of Morocco fuse with a slice of paradise The gorgeous Aaron and Ahmet were model students for me. I did not need to persuade them about the merits of a personalised ceremony, the beauty of writing and saying their own vows or the love that you can feel when you involve your guests in […] Read more…

Ceremony in Spain

An intimate garden ceremony

A natural and rustic wedding ceremony surrounded by beautiful countryside Verdant and lush lawns and hillsides, beautiful clear blue skies and warm rays of the early summer sun. What more of a stunning setting for an intimate ceremony can you ask for? Read more…

children at wedding ceremonies

Children and wedding ceremonies

Wonderful ways to include children in wedding ceremonies We live in a world where many children have the pleasure of being at their parent’s wedding ceremony and get to see their mum or dad marrying someone who makes them happy. It is now very normal and very much encouraged to involve a child or children of the […] Read more…

personal wedding pledges

Wedding vows with a difference

Creative ways to deliver your wedding vows It doesn’t take much to notice that I am an absolute vow freak, in the sense that I can’t help but encourage (force!) my couples to personalise their vows as much as possible. From the bare minimum of taking an already existing vow and tailoring it to your own […] Read more…

memory box ritual

Ten fab things to put in your wedding memory box

The wedding memory box ritual is quickly becoming a popular way to personalise your wedding ceremony. I first had a couple include it in a ceremony a few years ago and I thought it was wonderful. Especially, as their box had been hand-made and decorated for them by the bride’s granddad, making it even more symbolic. […] Read more…

Pets at weddings

Pets at wedding ceremonies

Allow your furry friends to enjoy your wedding day too! I love my dogs. They were my first babies before my son was born. If we’d had our fur babies before we got married, there is no doubt that they would have been present at our ceremony, just the same way our son would have been […] Read more…

Rob Stark wedding vows

Game of Thrones inspired vows

I never thought that when I fell in love with Game of Thrones there would ever be anything that I could write about it in connection to my weddings. However, luckily for me, as any GOT fan knows, as well as the vast amounts of pillaging, debauchery, incest, backstabbing and treachery, we have also been […] Read more…

Alex Olson Photography

More than a best man

I was recently planning a ceremony for a lovely couple who right from the outset bought with them some wonderful ideas to the ceremony table. In their very first email to me, they explained how they wanted their best man to not only present their wedding rings but to have an active role in marrying […] Read more…

Photo courtesy of Kris McGuirk

The importance of vows

I must admit I did ponder on whether to call this post the importance of vows because I feel perhaps that I am stating the obvious, right? But on second thoughts, I have decided that just because the importance of vows is obvious too me, it doesn’t mean that it’s as obvious to everyone else. […] Read more…

Have you got the vow factor?

Your date is set. You’ve booked a venue that will take your guests’ breath away, a photographer who’ll capture your dreams and you’ve planned a day that no-one will forget. The invitations have been sent and your dress is locked away in your wardrobe. So it’s safe to say that you’ve taken full ownership of […] Read more…

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