I'm Andy and I've been a celebrant since January 2011.
I was born and brought up in the east-end of Glasgow. My educational background was firstly in Electronics then later Law. I have served in the Army where I completed two tours of duty in Bosnia in the 90s, been a civil servant, worked in investment banking in the City of London and spent some time as a commercial diver mainly in the murky, freezing depths of lochs in the North of Scotland. I am now a full-time celebrant and my experiences enable me to relate to and connect with people from all backgrounds. My personal interests include reading, messing about with computers, spending time with family and friends and watching the football on the television.
A Humanist Ceremony gives you the freedom to really put your stamp on one of the most important days in your life. The nature of the ceremony is dependent entirely on what you feel comfortable including. It can be short and simple, or it can be more expansive. It can be formal or informal, or a mixture of both; for example the light-hearted telling of the story of how you both came to be standing there on the day, contrasting with the solemnity of the vows.
What will be apparent no matter what, is your love for each other; the affection and friendship that you share and the deep and the binding commitment that you are making to each other, in the company of those you love the most; your family and close friends.
If you are considering asking me to conduct your ceremony, you may find it useful to have an appreciation of how I would work with you from first contact right up until the big day itself.
The first stage is contacting me to confirm availability, having a chat on the telephone then, if you are happy to proceed, confirming your booking.
Once we have done that, I would send you some ideas for the content of the ceremony, in order that you can begin the process of personalising the ceremony to your requirements.
When you have had the opportunity to decide on the content (some brides to be even include their partner in this stage!), even if it is only rough ideas, we can then meet up and discuss how the ceremony will unfold. This would normally be 2 to 3 months before the date (this timescale can be adapted to suit the circumstances).
Approximately 2 to 3 weeks before the big day, I would send you a draft ceremony and you can advise of any changes. Once we have the final draft, all you then need to do is: