Weddings, Partnerships, Elopements, Commitment Ceremonies & Renewal of Vows


Baby naming & welcoming ceremonies


Celebration of life ceremonies /memorials

What's the difference between a ceremony led by an Independent Celebrant, a Humanist or a Registrar?

I am an Independent Celebrant. I am not restricted by any belief or faith and can, therefore, include in a ceremony what is important to you whether that be religious, non-religious, spiritual, or otherwise.


Neither am I restricted by location, time, content, or style. A celebrant-led ceremony has much more flexibility and is created around your wishes, your story, and what is important to you. You get the best of all worlds!

Ceremonies do not include the legal part. If you wanted to legalise your marriage or Civil Partnership you will need to organise this separately.

Humanism is a belief system and a Humanist Celebrant creates purely non-religious ceremonies in line with their own beliefs (not necessarily yours)


They don’t believe in the supernatural (Gods/Deities) so cannot include rituals, anything spiritualistic or religious in a ceremony.

Ceremonies (in England) do not include the legal part

A Registrar led civil ceremony is prescribed by law and is restricted in content and is more or less standard for all couples, only the names are changed.


Religious elements cannot be included (e.g. hymns, poems, readings or music) and you are limited to time and place (i.e daytime, and venues must be ‘approved/licensed’ for weddings)

Ceremonies include the legal part

If you are undecided about using an Independent Celebrant for your wedding or partnership check out this page to help you make up your mind

Mary Richards - Independent Celebrant

Tel:07944 801 696


Cumbria based, but covering all Northern England & Scottish Borders

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