Bespoke 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
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.)
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!)
Kind messages from happy clients
"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, it's 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)
“Johnny was an exceptionally valuable asset both in the run up to our wedding, and on the day itself. We loved the fact that he was entirely willing to sculpt a ceremony around us, our preferences and our message. There was a genuine spirit of collaboration in evidence from start to finish, with zero preaching!
Perhaps most appreciated was a calm voice and copious reassurance during occasionally fraught moments. He was also great with our friends and family, and very organised. Communication was frequent and generous. Thank you so much for everything!”
(Nick & Chantelle)
“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)
Johnny, thank you so much for being there on our day. You really did an amazing job and we are so grateful for you being there. You made it really personal – thank you!
(Craig & Hayley)
“To Johnny. Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding ceremony! We hope you successfully avoided all the sheep poo on the day!”
(Explanatory note from celebrant: we were sharing a field with a bunch of woolly animals).
(Jo & David)
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
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.