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Hi! I'm Karen Lewis. I am a wedding and funeral celebrant accredited by Humanists UK...

Humanism is a philosophical stance that emphasises the value of human beings, both individually and collectively...

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 22  /   02  /   2021

Covid 19 UK Government Coronavirus Guidance:

 

Lockdown regulations are currently in force in England.

Humanist weddings are included equally in the guidelines, along with legally recognised marriages. Under current restrictions only weddings / marriages where one of the parties is terminally ill are allowed to proceed. Six people are allowed to attend.

 

Humanist funerals continue to be permitted and are allowed in venues and public outdoor spaces with a maximum of 30 people. 

Face coverings must be worn at funerals by all mourners.

Covid Secure guidelines for track & trace must be followed for both wedding and funerals.

*8 March:

 No changes, as above

*29 March, STEP 1:

If all is going well, funerals as above (30), wakes = 6

Weddings = 6, but no longer limited to exceptional circumstances

*12 April, STEP 2:

If all is going well, funerals as above (30), wakes = 15

Weddings 15, receptions = 15 (in venues which are permitted to open)

*17 May, STEP 3:

If all is going well, funerals, wakes, weddings, receptions = 30

*21 June, STEP 4: 

If all is going well, no limits!!! 

Please contact me if you need support to interpret how the guidelines impact on your ceremony. 

If you are in Wales, please contact me for separate guidelines. 

 


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05 /   11   /   2020

Humanist Wedding Ceremonies:

Please contact me if you need support to interpret how the guidelines impact on your ceremony.

Some couples are currently opting for the 2+2 registrar option and then appointing me to conduct their 'real ceremony' at a later date. 

Despite the successes of the vaccine rollout, it is expected that small, intimate weddings will still remain popular for some time yet.

Elopements and online zoom weddings are also increasingly popular for couples who are tired of waiting for restrictions to lift & just want to begin their married life together. 


Availability for 2021/22:

I have a few dates remaining for late Summer and early Autumn 2021.

 

Booking for 2022 are proving popular. Contact me to check which dates are still available and get the ball rolling - we can do this!

Contact me as soon as possible if we've  booked your date for Spring / Summer 2021 and you want to discuss moving it.

03

06   /   11   /   2020

Legal recognition of humanist marriages -

   not IF but WHEN!

 

In July 2020, six couples went to the High Court seeking legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales - as is already the case in Scotland, NI, Ireland and Jersey.

High Court judge Mrs Justice Eady DBE ruled that the current law gives rise to discrimination, but she expects this to be rectified in a current review into marriage law by the Law Commission.

The Law Commission Review was published in Sept 2020 and will now be considered by parliament.

As a Humanist Celebrant, I attended the online Law Commission consultation on 6th November. Humanists UK will now feed in their response to their proposals for changes to marriage laws in England.

Watch this space!