Celebrant profile:

Mark Archibald

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I grew up in Biggar and live with my partner Donna, our two (now not so wee) kids, my mad dog Ziggy and very chilled-out cat, Jeannie.

I first became aware of Humanism through my work as a wedding photographer. After finding out more, I quickly came to realise that I have actually been a Humanist all my life. Humanism is really about respect for others as well as ourselves. We only live this one life, so why not live it in as positive a way we can? Savour as much of it as we can...

Along the path to becoming a Humanist Celebrant I have travelled extensively and worked in a number of countries doing some really interesting and varied jobs, perhaps a little outside the norm (whatever that is). Puppeteer in Tokyo. Bicycle Courier in Sydney. House Mover in New York. You know...the usual job choices offered in careers advice at school. I also was a performing member of a theatre company touring home and abroad for a number of years. I did a University degree in Geography in Glasgow and then an HND in Photography...so that's a bit more conventional. For the past 15 years I have been a photographer and I continue to photograph weddings (over 850 to date!) and other events.

All of which leads me to be a Humanist Celebrant, somehow. Between weddings, naming and, of course, funerals, it seems like an important thing to be involved with.. and the ethos of Humanism, where everyone is considered and treated as an equal and with respect, is a code which has always guided my life. So, that's me! You can find out more about my thoughts on the ceremonies I offer below. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Weddings! I love them. Big weddings. Wee weddings. Elopement weddings. Weddings up a mountain. Weddings in a country house. Weddings in a garden. Weddings in a castle...you get the picture!

My style of wedding celebrancy is really very relaxed and it is important to me that you enjoy the experience. My ceremonies, typically involve humour and we'll work together to make it really memorable and enjoyable for your guests as well!

As a wedding celebrant my role is to help guide and deliver the ceremony and the experience you want. Every wedding is different...that's half the fun! And every one of my ceremonies is created individually to reflect you both as people.

Throughout the creation of your ceremony, I will guide you through so you have the minimum of stress to worry about. There are so many elements to a wedding and it can seem overwhelming...but the most important elements are that you have someone to marry you, somewhere to be married, legal documents, two witnesses and of course two folks in love (that's you, by the way...).

Get in touch through e.mail, facebook or phone and we can organise a meeting or a chat over Zoom, Skype or Phone, where I will take you through everything you need to know, listen to your ideas and offer advice. Please feel free to call if you would like a relaxed chat.

Weddings have been a huge part of my life for almost two decades now. As a wedding photographer I have photographed over 850 weddings (phew!) and have learned from experience what works and what sometimes doesn't work quite so well!

I love working with couples to bring their ideas to life or guiding you with suggestions if you prefer. Whether you are tying the knot in your garden, in a castle, half way up a hill, in a byre or on an island, I'd love to be there too!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

I'd love for you to get in touch and tell you more, so please do.


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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

A Humanist Naming and Welcoming Ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome and celebrate a new addition to the family, introduce an adopted child to the wider family or officially welcome an older child. In fact, there are many reasons for deciding on a welcoming celebration and it is a privilege for me to create each ceremony individually to reflect this and involve family and friends. It is also a wonderful chance to get the people you love gathered in one place…which can be a rare thing as we all live such busy lives.

First of all we would have an informal chat to discuss the different ways we can make your celebration special and unique. It can be as formal or informal as you like and can take place at home, in a local hall, a hotel, in the garden, on top of a hill, on a boat, quite literally anywhere.

We can include music, readings and a symbolic gesture such as candle-lighting or a sand ceremony. We can also discuss who, if anyone, you have chosen as Guide Parents. I will ask you a bit about how the new addition has fitted into the family, the story and meaning behind their name and what characteristics they have which make them individual. We will also discuss the promises or pledges which you would like to make. The ceremony will centre around an “official” naming.

Once I have all the information I need, I will draft a script and send it to you for approval.

The main idea on the day is to have fun. My ceremonies are very informal and centre around everybody feeling comfortable. A Naming/Welcoming celebration can also be an important step in a person’s life within their wider family. Lets work together to make it memorable for everyone.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.

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Funeral Ceremonies

I consider conducting a funeral to be a great privilege. It provides the opportunity for families and friends to say a meaningful and personal goodbye to those they love.

The loss of someone you are close to can be a stressful and upsetting time and my aim is always to make the process of providing a tribute as simple as possible. The tribute should be a true reflection of the person the deceased was in life and should also provide comfort to those they leave behind.

Normally I will visit your home to talk through the story of your loved one's life and get a sense of how you would like them to be remembered.

I will then put together a fitting and meaningful tribute which I will share with you for approval before the ceremony itself.

A funeral ceremony is not just for the deceased, it is a comfort for the living as well. After the funeral, I will provide you with a copy of the tribute to keep as a memory.

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