Civil, Humanist & Spiritual Ceremonies


When you choose to have a civil ceremony, or any other kind of non-church ceremony, you can really have as much or as little music as you would like.

This can compliment readings, poetry and enhance popular symbolic elements such as hand fastening and sand pouring ceremonies.

Civil ceremonies can take place in a far greater number of venues currently than they could in the past. From a simple registry office, to a function room decorated complete with aisle and floral arrangements, your selection of music for your ceremony can be equally varied and is totally down to your own personal choice.

The table below outlines a typical layout of a Civil/Humanist/Interfaith/Spiritual ceremony. There can be variations within all of these except Civil, to include spiritual or symbolic elements such as prayers, blessings, hand fasting, sand blending, etc. and can be tailored to suit you exactly by your celebrant. Once this is finalised, the music will fit within the layout.

Civil ceremonies strictly do not include any religious content.

PROCESSIONAL – Entrance Music
Candle Ceremony (optional) – Music
Reading 2/Poem/Prayer (if ceremony is Spiritual)
Marriage Vows
(Spiritual or Humanist ceremonies may have symbolic element here, ie handfasting or sand blending ceremony)
Candle Lighting – Music
Declaration & Signing of Register – Music

Spiritual, Interfaith and Humanist ceremonies are now a firmly established alternative to traditional church weddings. While civil ceremonies are strictly non-religious, with other ceremony types you can have a wide range of music and as much or as little inclusion of religious content as you wish, determined by your chosen celebrant’s advice and guidance.

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