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Humanist (non-religious) wedding ceremonies, custom-made for you, your way

Planning your wedding ceremony or, maybe a renewal of vows and looking for a humanist wedding celebrant? You have come to the right place!

A humanist ceremony is all about your love and your commitment:  a joyful, deeply personal, one-off occasion designed to reflect who you truly are as individuals and what you care about most.


I will create a personalised ceremony, exclusively for you. 


We will collaborate, getting to know each other over time, creating an unforgettable celebration that will provide happy memories for you, your family and friends to cherish for years to come.

Image (above) of Craig and Hayley on their fabulous day, kindly supplied by Sarah Fitzgerald Jones Photography

 

About Johnny Coleman Weddings

Johnny Coleman

Humanist Wedding Celebrant

Trained, accredited and fully insured by Humanists UK

I love writing, I love weddings and I love meeting new people so, being a celebrant is a perfect fit for me! 


I live in the Vale of Glamorgan (near Penarth/Cardiff) in Wales, and provide bespoke, hand-crafted, humanist / non-religious ceremonies for weddings, partnerships and renewals of vows in and around south Wales and south west England. (I'm also delighted to travel further afield, even abroad so, do ask!)


I am proud to be a fully inclusive celebrant, writing and conducting ceremonies for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability/disability #loveislove #YouDontNeedToAskHere

Interested? I’d love to hear from you!

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Making your wedding ceremony unique

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said,

people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

~ Maya Angelou ~

Do you recall all the details about weddings you have attended? Everything that was done and said, what you ate and what people were wearing? Or, do you remember more how it made you feel at the time?

Personalising your ceremony, making it your own, involving your family and friends and reflecting your values, culture and interests is important; choosing the right music and readings; incorporating symbolic actions (like handfasting, tree-planting, sand blending etc). They are great fun to plan, and I can help you with them all.

But, the one thing that makes your wedding truly unique is you.

Your ceremony should be crafted around you, with you and about you, as individuals and as a couple. A ceremony that truly reflects your love for one another, is authentic and personal, that expresses what’s most important to you and what marriage means to you. 

And this is the key to a great ceremony. A ceremony that will kick-start, and set the tone, for the rest of your day.


What will your guests take away with them and remember? 


They will remember how it made them feel.

(Photo of Jool's & Adam's woodland wedding supplied by Paul Athey at Lemonhouse Photography)

 

How we'll work together

Developing a humanist ceremony is a true process of collaboration: we will get to know each other over time, so that I can get right to the core of your story. I will want to know as much about you as possible: your likes/dislikes; your highs (maybe your lows); the fun stuff; the big stuff; the everyday stuff; how you met; how you get on (how you don’t); your dreams; where you’re heading … well, you get the picture.


As well as the personal things, we will design how the ceremony works and all the elements you want to include to make it perfect – the music, the readings, the vows, the rituals. We will talk and write and edit (lots!) until you have the best ceremony ever. 


It’s a lot of work but I can promise you it will also be a lot of fun! 


If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then read on…

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First contact

I love meeting new couples for the first time! We will have an informal, no-obligation chat over tea and cake. 
We can do this in person, remotely via the internet or, we can have a conversation on the phone. 
(Even if we don’t meet in person, obviously we should still have tea and cake!)

You Book me

After we meet, and you decide you want us to work together, I will ask you to pay a booking fee, which will confirm your date in my diary.

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We plan

Now the fun starts! We will get started with a simple questionnaire for you both to complete, giving me all the information I need to start building the structure and content of your ceremony. 


Next, we will meet to collaborate on the planning. This can be face-to-face (over more tea and cake - naturally!) or, for couples who live too far away (i.e. abroad) we can use video calling, like Skype or FaceTime.


We will discuss everything from who you are as people, your stories, plans, hopes, dreams and aspirations through to practical details such as the location, timing and size of your wedding, what you would like to include and who the main people are who will perform a role on the day.

I write

Taking the information you have shared with me, I will get on with developing the first draft of the ceremony. I have a straightforward writing style and, whilst never neglecting the importance of the occasion, I will add the odd splash of humour here and there, to reflect the happy nature of your day!


We can review as many times as you want, until we get it exactly how you want it to be.


(I will always be available at the end of the phone or via email/WhatsApp/text to discuss and lend ideas and offer support.)

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We rehearse

Soon before the wedding, we can meet for a rehearsal. This is quick and relaxed, always fun and a sure way to deal with any nerves, ensuring everyone involved has an opportunity to practice before the real thing.


We won’t go through the entire ceremony. (Better to save that excitement for the day!) Instead, we will focus on choreography and any 'pinch points', like practicing the entrance and exit; who needs to sit/stand where; who has responsibility for what and how any symbolic rituals you might have chosen (e.g. hand fasting/candle lighting/tree-planting etc.) will work. 

So, you will be able to relax on the actual day, feeling confident that everything will run smoothly.

The Big Day happens!

I will arrive early (usually about an hour before your ceremony starts), just to make sure that everything is properly arranged and in place. 


Then, I will guide you and your guests through the ceremony, supporting you all through the whole process. My style is warm, relaxed and inclusive, and I will ensure you have an enjoyable, stress-free and memorable experience.

Afterwards, I will stay for a short time, to check that you are happy with how it has all gone and to meet any family and friends who want to say 'hello'.

I'm delighted to be in any pictures - just let me know beforehand, so I can make arrangements to stay a little longer. 


(And, I'm very easily persuaded to share a glass of something fizzy with you before I leave!)

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Kind messages from happy clients

“I struggle to describe just how perfect our wedding ceremony was. Johnny did an absolutely wonderful job. It was so special and personal He had all our guests in tears of Joy! 

Not only is he an incredibly gifted celebrant who made our ceremony better than we could have ever imagined, he is also a lovely man who really puts his heart and soul into his role and genuinely cares for your dreams of your day and helps to turn it into a reality!”

(Lucy & Spike)


“We are honestly still on cloud nine from the happiest day of our lives. ‘Thank you’ does not come close to what we would like to express to you for helping us realise all of our dreams and create for us the most beautiful and most special ceremony imaginable. It was everything and more.

Every single person commented on the magic and the specialness of the ceremony! We are so grateful to you. 

Tons of love and forever gratitude,

Julia and Keir xxxxx”

“We chose Johnny on the recommendation from our venue, and it is one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! From the start we loved his personality and always found him very comfortable to talk to… he gave us lots of great ideas for the ceremony, including choosing our baby niece as a ring bearer, and including a guest endorsement. We absolutely loved the script he made - it even made us cry - as it was so touching.

On the wedding day, Johnny delivered the ceremony so perfectly and so beautifully. It was so nice to hear our guests laugh a lot as well as seeing them become emotional. We got loads of compliments about our ceremony, they said "The ceremony was beautiful, what a great idea to have a humanist ceremony too, it made it so personal.”


We can't recommend Johnny enough. He did his job very professionally… his response was always very quick and thorough, so even though we had tons of things to do for our wedding, the ceremony was the one thing we didn't have to worry about, as we were so sure that it would be fantastic and that he would do an amazing job.


The whole day of our wedding was so magical, but the ceremony is obviously the heart of the wedding, so we are so happy we had such a beautiful ceremony that we will remember forever. 


Thank you so much for everything Johnny!”

(Hazuki & Charlie)


“Rod and I would like to thank you for the wonderful ceremony that you conducted at Charlie and Hazuki’s wedding! It was perfect and it was so very clear how much preparation and thought you had put into the service and the trouble you had taken to get to know both of them. 

The ceremony was such an excellent start to the day, and your engaging touch provided such a warm and relaxed atmosphere that was also emotionally and spiritually charged and thought-provoking.”

(From the parents of the groom)

"We really enjoyed working with Johnny to plan our ceremony and found him to be very responsive, friendly and easy to work with. He was also very patient and accommodating when our wedding date had to be changed twice. He was available to discuss our wedding when needed, including through an in-person meeting, a couple of phone calls, lots of emails and a rehearsal, and was always happy to offer advice, including on other aspects of the wedding day too. We were delighted with our ceremony, which was beautifully written, very personalised and confidently delivered.

Johnny was a calm and reassuring person to have delivering the ceremony and we had lots of comments on how lovely our ceremony was, including from people who hadn’t heard of humanist weddings before.

Thank you Johnny!"

(Louise & Chris)

"We feel incredibly fortunate that Johnny was our celebrant. He took so much care and time to understand the vibe we were looking for and delivered an entertaining, heartfelt ceremony that exceeded our expectations. We had so many guests compliment us on the ceremony, its delivery and how much it resonated with them. Johnny really set the tone for the rest of the day and we're very grateful. Very highly recommended!"

(Anu & John)


​“Johnny officiated at our son’s wedding recently and he was, quite simply, superb. A calming influence on the ceremony, Johnny’s words & their delivery were perfect for the occasion.

A kind, eloquent man – and a sharp dresser with immaculate manners – Johnny is every inch the English Gent.

He left a very favourable impression indeed on the whole congregation. We could not have wished for a better celebrant. Cannot recommended Johnny highly enough.

He’s your man!”

(John Stephen – father of the Groom)


"Dear Johnny. We could not have been more thrilled to have the chance to meet you. Thank you for your warmth, kindness and for understanding us and our ways so well, as well as articulating all of that so perfectly and effortlessly.

We could not be happier or more grateful for having met you, truly. Your ceremony was definitely the highlight of the wedding, for us but also for many of the guests who remarked on it."

(Anita & Karl)


"Johnny was such an integral part to our day that we feel so lucky to have had him conduct our ceremony. Having come to him very late on in the process, he did everything possible to help design the perfect ceremony and delivered it in a way that perfectly suited the atmosphere we wanted for the day. 

We couldn't recommend Johnny enough for anyone that wants to create the perfect ceremony."

(Nick & Emma)

"Thank you so, so much for Saturday. We absolutely LOVED it! 

The ceremony was just such an amazing, intimate, personal and special way to formalise our commitment to each other. We absolutely loved working together on the script with you. Everyone was commenting on how brilliantly you did it and how personal it felt compared to other styles of wedding they’d attended. It just felt so ‘us’, in line with our values and beliefs. It also set the tone so well for the day! And what a joy to be able to do it outside.

I will forever be recommending Humanist ceremonies - and of course yourself, should friends be getting married in the area!"

(Lucie & Tom)


“We would like to thank you for all your work on the script and the ceremony as a whole, as we both feel it was a really lovely ceremony that helped bring a focal point to the day. We have heard a lot of nice comments from friends and family about it as well, who said the ceremony was a really personal and meaningful occasion.”

(Callum & Natalie)

 

Gallery images kindly supplied by Teme Valley Photography, Guy Collier Photography, Sarah Fitzgerald Jones Photography, Darren Gerrish Photography, Dan Morris Photography, Ben Roberts at Blooming Photography, Phil Webb Photography, The Lemonhouse Wedding Photography, Neil Atkinson Wedding Photography, Pixidrome Photography, Courtney Louise Photography

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Fees & FAQs

I know there is plenty of information you need before making the decision to go ahead with your ceremony so, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions

Do you still have questions? Call me today, I'd be delighted to help!

 

How much do you charge?

My current fee for a wedding/partnership ceremony is £650. (This includes travel up to an hour's drive from my home near Cardiff).

To secure your date, I ask for a non-refundable booking fee of £200 on appointment, with the balance being payable 30 days before the ceremony or on completion of the ceremony script (whichever happens first).

I would be delighted to discuss working further afield, including overseas, for expenses at cost. If I am staying away from home for longer than a day, there will be an additional fee and I can provide an estimate for you before you agree to engage me.

Get in Touch

I would love to hear from you. 

(Call anytime - evenings and weekends are fine!)

Johnny Coleman Weddings

(Humanist Wedding Celebrant)

+44 (0)7792 357212

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