I trained as a Humanist Celebrant after a career in Community Development and Teaching and love it! What I hope is that I bring the same qualities to my role as a Celebrant as I do to every other part of my life.... and these are a care for and interest in people and community, warmth and a good sense of humour !
I first came across humanist ceremonies on two separate occasions.... The first was a beautiful wedding near my home up at Comrie Croft - the location was (and is) stunning but for me, the very personal nature of the ceremony itself made a big impression on me - I found it really moving but also happy and celebratory for all involved!
And the second was when I organised my father's funeral - I chose to use a humanist celebrant and it was one of the best decisions I could have made - Joe was 93 years old and his wonderful long life was truly celebrated and his story was heard.
So, now I'm a trained celebrant and I'm loving it... and just wish that it hadn't taken me so long to find my new career! HSS is a great charity to be part of and all celebrants pay back part of their income to the charity which in turn does a lot to support important issues such as human rights amongst others.
I'm based in the Perthshire village of Comrie, between Crieff and Lochearnhead - it's a beautiful location with a thriving active and creative community - we have lived here for over 20 years ( from Glasgow originally) and it just gets better and better... Our two grown up children are in Glasgow and in British Columbia Canada... living their lives as an artist and downhill mountain biker! That leaves, my husband, myself and Teddy the terrier in Comrie.
When not conducting ceremonies i'm at my happiest outdoors -I love Scotland and I'm very happy to conduct ceremonies across the country, whether in a hotel or up a remote Munro!
I'm told I have a warm, relaxed and calm approach to ceremonies... if you think we might work well together, please do get in touch.
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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Any wedding should bring to mind a joyous and happy occasion. I love weddings and being fortunate enough to be able to conduct weddings, is the proverbial icing on the cake!
If you are thinking about having a Humanist Wedding, then you have probably taken some time together, to consider just how you would like to make this special commitment, to each other. And how you can create a ceremony, which best reflects how you both feel about life and marriage?
For me and many others who have experienced or witnessed a humanist wedding...there is a lasting memory of a ceremony which places both yourselves (the couple), your loved ones and family at the very centre of a day of celebration. Where you will commit to spending your lives together, promising to be the best people you can be - to each other and to others, whether that be your family or community....and having a lot of fun in the process.
A wedding should of course be a solemn occasion but it should also be enjoyable!
As a celebrant, conducting a humanist wedding, it is both a wonderful honour and privilege.
So what's involved?
Well, we will usually meet, a couple of times and there will be a lot of corresponding in-between by phone or electronically. Our initial meeting will really be about having a chat -about your wedding. With me listening to your ideas and thoughts, answering questions where I can and offering advice where requested.
Also though, it's an opportunity for you to think about whether we'll work well together?
If you do decide to go ahead and use me as your celebrant, a second meeting will be planned a few months before your wedding, to plan the ceremony in much more detail.
Don't worry though, prior to this we will have been in touch with advice on wedding vows, choreography, advice on symbolic gestures (if you are planning to include any...) readings and paperwork - yes, there is some!
Some of our discussion will be about how much of 'you', to put into the ceremony..... many couples choose to have 'their story' told as a central part of their ceremony, for friends and family to have the opportunity to share in their journey together, how you connect and why marriage is going to be important to you... this obviously various enormously from one couple to another and is all part of the personalisation of your ceremony.
Preparing for your wedding can and should be an enjoyable part of the process of building toward the big day. A few messages from couples....
From Hannah and Alex....
"We chose Vivienne to be the celebrant at our wedding. She was an absolute dream to work with and made our service so personal. We booked our wedding at relatively short notice and she really helped us to make it special. She's also a truly wonderful human being and we were so happy to be married by someone we really felt we connected with, and who shared our values. Our guests really enjoyed the ceremony and it wouldn't have been the same with out her" !
From Maggie and Fraser....
"When our celebrant had to cancel last minute, Vivienne didn't hesitate for a minute to jump in and help us out. She took away any stress and managed to write up a beautiful story within a short space of time. We wanted a personal but lighthearted ceremony, with lots of laughter and this is exactly what Vivienne delivered. We can't thank you enough and would highly recommend her!"
From Suki and Neil.....
"Just wanted to say thank you Vivienne for making our ceremony so personal and fun. We had a lovely time, it was really nice to meet you and we really couldn’t have done it without you"
Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies
Naming Ceremonies are a wonderful opportunity to welcome a new arrival to your family - a non-religious ceremony conducted in a relaxed, informal and personal atmosphere.
A naming ceremony may also be the right event for you - if you would like to celebrate with family and friends a change in your name - celebrate and mark the occasion!
First steps - are to meet with you and discuss the type of ceremony you are you interested in; where will it be held, who do you want to be involved...? You might be considering choosing Guide Parents who will make pledges at the ceremony to take on some form of responsibility and guidance during your child's formative years. I can help to advise you and hopefully answer any questions you have around organising and staging a ceremony. I
From Helen and Colin.....
"in March 2018 we had our twin girls naming ceremony, Vivienne helped us have a lovely day, she was kind and careing in everything she done and we can't thank her enough for the support she gave us in a very sleepless time in our lives. We all had a lovely stress free afternoon and that's mostly due to Vivienne and the service she provided xx"
I feel very much at home in my role as a Celebrant. Meeting, supporting and guiding people through what is often a very difficult time. I hope that my own skills and experience help to bring not only professionalism to the role but also respect, consideration and compassion.
I aim to support and guide you as you contemplate and begin to make decisions about how you would like the Ceremony to be conducted. Normally I meet with family or friends prior to the ceremony to listen and learn more about your loved one. I will then construct a Tribute on your behalf and sometimes with input from yourself which reflects not just the life lived - but which also talks about who your loved one was in person, in character and friendship.
A Humanist Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to experience a very personalised celebration of someone’s life, no matter how long or short lived that life was.
I am based in South West Perthshire and I am happy to perform ceremonies across central Scotland if requested.
"Vivienne provided an excellent service at our beloved Grandad's funeral. She really was a lovely lady who had a good rapport with my mum and uncle in preparing a very fitting and personal tribute. Her delivery was faultless. Would highly recommend. Thank you Vivienne! "