When I first met Meg Senior, I was bowled over by her positivity, bubbly personality and hilarity. She’s like a ray of sunshine and even her Instagram feed cheers me up on a blue day!
Plus, when I found out that she often goes for walks in the same park that my parents had their first date in, I knew we had to chat more!
Meg Senior is a celebrant based in Sheffield, England. She worked in charity events for years but looked for a change in career when she felt she needed something more uplifting.
Enter – weddings and naming ceremonies, the happiest occasions!
Meg herself had a humanist wedding, and says she is not religious but tries to live an ethical life. She trained with Humanists UK who are the “Gold Standard” of humanist training and accept people on an application basis. She is now trained in humanist wedding ceremonies and naming ceremonies.
So I asked Meg, what exactly is a celebrant?
A wedding celebrant is somebody who creates your ceremony and hosts the day you want. If you’re not religious and opt for a civil ceremony you might only meet the person marrying you in the minutes before your wedding. But, with a humanist ceremony, you really get to know the celebrant who is performing your ceremony.
A celebrant wedding ceremony is fun, personal and you can include whoever you like in the proceedings. Meg describes it as the “jewel in the crown of your day”, isn’t that lovely?
Meg works with all different types of couples, venues and budgets but above all, people who want to express themselves through their wedding day. She loves couples who are a little bit geeky or quirky, they could be massive gamers, or heavily into motorcycles or music. If you have a pet, even better – Meg adores animals and says “you have to meet the dog or cat before you write the ceremony”.
Having had a humanist wedding herself, Meg remembers how it felt when she got married, being part of the preparation with her celebrant and now loves giving that feeling to her couples. Everything people say to you on your wedding day swells your heart, people you love tell you you’re amazing and that FEELS amazing! Why not start the positive vibes early, because Meg will certainly make you feel awesome about yourself and your wedding!
Every celebrant is unique because it’s personality based, it’s a connection between the celebrant and the couple. The celebrant has written the words of the ceremony about you PERSONALLY and is delivering them as a human being, not a script that someone else has written and verified.
As for where the ceremony can take place – anywhere! A humanist ceremony is not currently recognised by law as a legal marriage, so you’ll need to go and register your marriage with the council. But this also gives you a huge amount of freedom in choosing your wedding venue – your back garden, up a hill in the Peak District or a venue that doesn’t have a wedding licence. Meg would love to perform a ceremony at a festival or on an old steam train – and I would totally be in board with that!
Outside of work, Meg is trying to spend more time outside; swimming, open water swimming or spending time in her allotment. She also takes her dog Nergal out on walks, and runs through Sheffield and its parks. She loves to read comic books and even runs a book club.
I don’t think any blog could do justice to Meg’s energy that just radiates off her when you’re with her – any interaction with Meg makes you feel amazing and I urge you to channel that energy into your wedding day!
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