Hi there – I’m Alison. I’m based in Glasgow but will travel anywhere for your big day.
Careerwise, I was a sports reporter and presenter at the BBC for twenty years before setting up my own freelance media business. Friends of mine will tell you I have been thinking of becoming a Humanist Celebrant for a long, long time. Pre-celebrancy, family – elderly parents and children - was a priority. Working for myself allowed some flexibility but now that I am not travelling as much around the world, I have seen the light and it is time to, I suppose, indulge myself a little bit in what I really want to do – play a small part in joyous occasions. Writing and presenting is an important skillset for a Celebrant – and it’s something that I have developed over the years. Doing interviews on TV and Radio for more years than I care to remember, has also helped me learn how to put people at ease. All those communication and storytelling skills are essential in creating the perfect ceremony for you.
I was attracted to Humanism after attending several weddings and funerals. Humanism just feels right – it’s about what’s important in life. Family, friends and respecting everything that life brings you. We’re human. The weddings and funerals I attended, just felt more meaningful and more relevant. I loved the way they were about the individuals, about the couples, about their stories. I loved the bespoke aspect of the day, the fun side as well as the formal side and the flexibility. Getting to know couples beforehand, sharing ideas about content – and guiding them on the day is an honour and a privilege.
We start with a blank canvas and create a day that will be talked about by family and friends for years and years to come.