So happy to read today that Ed Sheeran and his fiancée, Cherry Seaborn, are considering a humanist wedding ceremony, in a bespoke chapel (for “strictly non-denominational and for spiritual regeneration”) that they’re planning to build on their Suffolk estate.

Why do so many artists, musicians and comedians choose humanist ceremonies? Humanism comes from a long history of free thinkers. Creativity and free thinking go together like two people in love. Open mindedness and a willingness to explore diverse ideas are typical attributes of free thinking, creative people. So, it is perfectly natural that people whose professions are creative, or people who appreciate creativity in all or any of its diverse ways, would consider having a humanist wedding. And in creating a bespoke humanist wedding ceremony, the only limits are our own imagination.

Many couples choose to have their story told, in a way in which they feel represents them best. It is always a great honour to listen and write a couple’s love story for them, in a meaningful way which reflects them and will resonate with their family and friends. Ed and Cherry’s own true love story, of first meeting at school, then reuniting and falling in love again as adults, is a rare and serendiptous one.

I often research poetry, readings or sing lyrics that may resonate with the couple and their own story. Fortunately, for Ed and Cherry, he has already written beautiful lyrics that were inspired by her,
“Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home
I found a love to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own.”

And I really hope that they choose a celebrant from our network to listen to their wishes and create their perfect ceremony.