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Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies

Scotland is one of the few countries where Humanist marriage ceremonies are fully legal, and recognised throughout the world. The others are Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and certain states of the USA.

Humanists see marriage and civil partnerships as relationships which involve mutual love and respect, and our ceremonies are unique, dignified, and deeply personal. Whether on a beach or in a castle, your front room or a grand hotel, you're free to have a fully legal humanist marriage or civil partnership wherever you want, and declare your love in a way that feels right for you.

Some couples choose to have a Humanist Commitment Ceremony, or to restate their commitment in a Renewal of Vows. These ceremonies are not legally binding, but they give you the freedom to speak of your love in words of your choice.

Now that the Scottish Parliament has approved the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill, from 31st Dec 2014 we will be able to conduct legally binding same sex Marriages and Civil Partnerships too, as featured in the Scottish Government video here.

To find a wedding celebrant please click here.

Because 105 MSPs voted in favour of marriage equality, to celebrate, the HSS is offering to conduct free wedding ceremonies for the first 105 couples already in a civil partnership who wish to convert them to marriage. See this story from BBC News for more detail.

For more information, please write to our administrator, Maureen Kettle.

Our fees

The HSS is transparent about the fees charged by our celebrants, which cover the time to arrange the ceremony, a meeting to discuss it, and its preparation, which includes all correspondence and communication, and of course its delivery on the day. HSS celebrants donate 10% of their fee to the society, to support our campaigning on issues of equality and social justice.

Wedding: £390 in 2015, £400 in 2016 and £410 in 2017

Rehearsal: please discuss fee for rehearsal with your chosen celebrant

Travel: 55p per mile

If you live in Scotland, then we ask you to join the HSS, but if you live elsewhere, you should join your local or national organisation. HSS membership is currently £40 for a couple, initially for two years, or £25.00 if you are on a low income. You can join or find out more here.

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