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 as an equal partnership that involves mutual love and respect, and our ceremonies are unique, dignified, and deeply personal. Whether a beach or a castle, your back garden or a grand hotel, you're free to marry 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, we eagerly look forward to conducting legally binding same sex marriages too. See this story from BBC News for more detail.
105 MSPs voted in favour of the bill, so to celebrate, the HSS is offering to conduct free wedding ceremonies for the first 105 couples already in a civil partnership who wish to be married. For more information, please write to our administrator, Maureen Kettle.To find a wedding celebrant please click here.
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: £375 in 2014, £390 in 2015, £400 in 2016
Rehearsal: £75 in 2014, £80 in 2015, £90 in 2016
Travel: 55p per mile
The Registrar General of Scotland authorises the HSS to conduct legal marriage on condition that the people we marry are members of a Humanist organisation. 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.