Celebrant profile:

Alan Ness

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Born and raised in Fife I moved to Edinburgh to study, and fell in love with the city, where I subsequently raised my two - now grown-up - children. I do, of course, regularly return to "the Kingdom" to visit family and attend the odd Raith Rovers match!
I'm extremely excited to have become a Humanist Celebrant as it feels like a culmination of so many aspects of both my ethical and professional lives:
I like to think of myself as a "people person" and most of my career until recently has been spent as a Community Education Worker, based mainly in the Edinburgh community of Wester Hailes. However, alongside this I have become a published novelist and have performed far and wide as a singer-songwriter and lead singer of various bands.
These activities have allowed me to develop the presentation skills, the writing skills and the people skills to do justice to a role I take very seriously - that of being a Humanist Celebrant. I think I bring professionalism, and some humour - where appropriate - to the role. It's a privilege to come into people's lives at what might be either extremely difficult or joyful moments and it's exceptionally rewarding to have the opportunity to bring comfort or enrichment at those times.
Please get in touch if you think I may be suitable and we can chat a bit to see if I'm the best fit for your ceremony.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

It’s your wedding! Or civil partnership! But I’m there to guide you every step of the way. It’s such a thrill to share this special occasion with happy couples of all kinds and I’ll help you create the perfect, bespoke ceremony to reflect your individual personalities. Whether it’s a ceremony for hundreds of guests in a grand castle, richly laden with symbolic gestures and beautiful poetry. Or some simple, meaningful words with a few friends on a windswept beach. Or anything in-between. It’s your choice, and I’ll help you achieve it with humour, patience and persistence if required! I’m looking forward to it already.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Since earliest days people have held rituals to mark the important times in their lives and what could be more important than the arrival of a child into a family?
And what's more: why should those who are not religious have to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion and formally give a name to their child?
Naming ceremonies allow for certain important formalities: parents can make promises to their child, and ask their chosen "Guide parents" to also make commitments. The naming part, itself, is of course given due emphasis.
However, a naming ceremony is also an opportunity for a great deal of fun and laughter! I can incorporate music - live or recorded, poetry, children's activities and a range of "symbolic gestures" such as those involving candles, balloons, sand, pebbles and more!
I aim to create a warm, inclusive, and most importantly, bespoke ceremony which suits you and your expectations. And, of course, it can take place where ever you want it to: in a hotel, a house, a restaurant, or just your back garden!
Please be in touch for more information and to see if I would be the right person for your ceremony.

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Funeral Ceremonies

It's a privilege to lead a funeral ceremony. However, it's also a great responsibility. We come into people's lives at a very difficult time and try to provide a professional but personal service which, hopefully, brings some comfort to them.
I take this responsibility very seriously, but I hope I do this with warmth and even some humour, when appropriate.
In common with all of my colleagues, I meet with the friends and family of the bereaved in their own home, find out all about the person and create a ceremony which is entirely personal to them and their loved one.
The draft script is then given back to the family to check and ensure that it's exactly what they want before being finalised.
The final ceremony incorporates poetry, music and comforting words as well as a full and warm history of, and tribute to, the bereaved.

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Ceremony fees:

Please note that there may be some additional costs, such as for travel.

Weddings £400.00
Naming Ceremonies £200.00
Funerals £200.00

Amounts shown are the fees charged by the celebrant - read more about what you can expect to pay for a Humanist Society Scotland wedding.


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