• Welcome...my name's Neil...I'm a Humanist Celebrant

    and I provide professional services for...

    Weddings & Civil Partnerships

    Vow Renewals

    Welcoming & Naming Ceremonies

    Humanist Funerals & Memorials

    07955 386512

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    email : neil.lynch@humanism.scot

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  • Who am I?

    I'm a sports-mad, globetrotting chap with a love of the wild, natural history and all the good things in life...

    an optimist, an all-round-believer in no such thing as an ordinary life. I like to have a laugh. 😅😆😁
    I've had a full and varied work career; 30 years in the Police, Solicitor's Agent, Sports Project Coordinator,Tennis Coach, Bus Driver, Tournament Referee, Transport Manager at London 2012 Olympics, (what an experience that was!) 6 years working in Iraq as a Forensic Programme Consultant, Barman, Course Instructor, Truck Driver...

    dog lover, wind-up Dad and irritating Granda too!...visited over 50 countries...lived in London, Edinburgh, Iraq & the Highlands of Scotland...the list goes on and on !

    Experience all you can in life!
    I am now a fully trained husband and dad to a girlie Welsh spaniel puppy (Tanni)! -

    - & Humanist Celebrant available throughout Scotland.
    My Humanist beliefs are coupled with my vast experience of working with people in various roles for over forty years and have added, not only to my caring nature, but strengthened my strong interest in helping people. I've experienced tragedy and triumph and always look for the positives.

    And if you want something different for your rehearsal night, - I even offer single malt whisky tasting presentations!

    Please contact me to discuss how I can make your day, your ceremony, extra special.

    You need a Master of Ceremonies?...yep, can do that too.

    Designed by you, for you. Your day, your say, your way. 💘

    Neil Lynch

    Humanist Celebrant

    I travel and am available Scotland wide


    our new addition to the family

    isn't she simply gorgeous?

  • What do I do?

    I design and deliver loving, sincere & personal ceremonies for you; your say, your way, for your day

    Why have a Humanist ceremony ?

    any time, any place, anywhere in Scotland !

    My non-religious ceremonies are a really happy occassion. Every ceremony is designed to your choices, to encompass your beliefs and requirements. Imagine a ceremony that marks a major life event in a way that is personal, sincere, and honest…

    Perhaps welcoming a much-loved baby to the world with a bespoke naming ceremony.

    Or celebrating a couple’s marriage in a way that is sincere, warm, loving and genuine, that’s about the two of them and their relationship, and is full laughter and perhaps a few tears too.

    Or a funeral that focuses on the person who had died and the life they led – not on the idea of an afterlife – but recalling the happy times, the loving times - and provides a dignified and sincere way of saying goodbye.


    Weddings & Civil Partnerships

    be different, be adventurous, be original !

    Your ceremony is designed especially for you, to reflect your

    individuality , your hopes and dreams.

    A humanist wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want and how you want. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music. From castles to beaches, from Scottish islands to candle-lit city hotels or even the intimacy of your own home, I can give you and your guests a wonderful Humanist wedding or civil partnership in Scotland. Scotland is one of only eight countries in the world where Humanist wedding ceremonies are legal, the others being Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Ireland and some parts of the US.

    Vow Renewals

    make it special, make it memorable, make it all about YOU !

    Your Vow Renewal Ceremony will be designed with you, for you, expressing your life, your love and your hopes for the future.

    You choose every aspect, every element, so that your ceremony reflects your individuality and uniqueness as a couple.

    Your Ceremony can be an intimate occasion with a small number of family and friends or part of a large celebration. It can be as formal or informal as you would like.

    You can hold your Ceremony where you wish. It can be an indoor or outdoor location of your choice: at a hotel or a village hall, in your home or garden, or at a special beauty spot. It is up to you!

    Welcoming & Naming Ceremonies

    let's all get together...:-)

    Naming ceremonies are increasingly popular as people recognise they can celebrate the arrival of a child not only with a party or celebration, but also with tradition, promises and sincerity. The arrival of a new child into a family is a very special time and you might want to celebrate with a baby naming. I would be delighted and honoured to assist you with some ideas which you may want to consider and aim to end up with a unique naming ceremony for your child or children that reflects you and you beliefs as well as incorporating an event which will be sincere, dignified and a lot of fun.
    I will provide you with lots of ideas and examples to help you decide what you would like to include in the ceremony as each ceremony is unique, tailored to your requirements.

    Humanist Funerals & Memorials

    recall the happy times, the loving times, the life to celebrate...

    The death of someone we know and love is often shocking and painful, even if it is expected.

    Humanist funerals and memorial services offer a personal and fitting way to say goodbye to those who have lived without religion.

    Humanist funerals bring people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the connections they made and left behind and the way they lived their life.

    Whilst a funeral director is the professional most likely to deal with the practical arrangements of a funeral, what type of ceremony you choose is entirely up to you. And since funerals themselves have no legal status, humanist funerals – like all others – can be held in a variety of places, although in practice most are held in crematoria, cemeteries or woodland burial sites

    a tongue in cheek article ; 22 Reasons You Definitely Shouldn't Get Married In Scotland

  • Client pics & reviews

    happy days, days filled with love 💘

    the wedding of Lynsey & Scott at Nigg

    17 June 2017 - History is made in a historical setting

    Nigg Old Parish Church was my interesting destination today - Nigg (from the Scottish Gaelic: An Neag meaning "the notch", referring to a feature of the hills above the parish church) is a village and parish in Easter Ross. It lies on the north shore of the entrance to the Cromarty Firth and I was there to conduct the wedding of Lynsey & Scott, a lovely couple who now live in Edinburgh. Simple ceremony with lots of family & friends participation, mums lit candles, some beautiful poetry read by a bridesmaid and more from a friend of the couple. Quaich ceremony with a quaich presented by an uncle, packed venue, lots of kids, loads of laughs and bundles of love.
    There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment. 😍

    The present parish church is an 18th-century building on an early Christian site dating back to at least the 8th century. The Nigg Stone, one of the most elaborate stone monuments of early medieval western Europe, is preserved in a room at the west end of the church. This late 8th century Pictish cross-slab formerly stood in the churchyard, but was moved indoors for preservation in recent years. The nearby manse is one of the oldest to survive in Scotland, dating back to the first half of the 17th century. It is now privately owned and no longer used as the parish minister's residence.
    Nigg Old has its odd and curious features. In the churchyard is the Cholera Stone, dating from the cholera epidemic of 1832. One of the elders, on coming out of the church, saw a cloud of vapour hovering above the ground. He believed it to be a cloud of cholera, threw a blanket or cloth over it and placed this large stone on top to keep it from escaping. And inside the church, according to one tradition, the beadle (church officer) allowed an illicit still to be kept in the space under the pulpit. I resisted the temptation to deliver the ceremony from the two-tier pulpit.

    Elaine & David elope to Tokavaig in Skye

    15 June 2017 - Tokavaig, Skye.

    And today's elopement wedding at Tokavaig on Skye: Elaine from Edinburgh married David from Peru. Bride's dad and sister were the witnesses, (bride's mum and dad honeymooned on Skye many years ago so quite a meaningful wedding location), we braved a heavy shower then the sun came out with a few sheep as spectators, Jonny Walker Swing for the quaich toast then Champagne. Gorgeous dresses of the ladies, they complimented each other's in design. Poignant wedding pictures of both parents at the signing of the Marriage Schedule. Happy couple, lovely day, delighted to be part of their special celebration. Life is a long journey, just hold my hand and be there with me always.
    "Neil, Thank you very much for coming and for helping us into making it such a memorable day. We are all very happy with how things developed and the fun we had.
    We wish you all the best and if at some point you come down to London, let's meet up and go for a coffee or a beer. David"

    w-a-y up north for Eva & Daryl's wedding on the peninsula

    11 June 2017 - at Skerray...

    furthest north I've travelled on the Scottish mainland for today's wedding of locals Eva & Daryl...Skerray is a remote, small crofting hamlet and fishing port on the north coast of Sutherland, and we had the simple ceremony outdoors on the peninsula, opposite the unihabited islands of Neave Island/Coomb Island and Eilan nan Ron. The weather was kind to us, sun came out. Handfasting and Jumping the Broom with the kids, a small group of friends and relatives from The Netherlands, Australia, Latvia & Surrey. But the time was significant; I had to declare them married at precisely 5.06pm; (that's another story)...not easy when you have a 20 minute ceremony and the bride is 15 minutes late because the car broke down! Some fast adaptations and script juggling got us to the required pronouncement with 15 seconds to spare...and then we relaxed and did the rest of the ceremony anyway. Whew!
    And, it was lovely to be part of their special day in such a dramatic landscape. Don't marry a person you can live with. Marry the person you can't live without.

    a tepee wedding on the village green

    3 June 2017 - Gemma and Andrew get married at Duffus

    just one of many lovely touches at the wedding of Gemma & Andrew. The thunder clouds stayed away, the sun shone, the buttercups were in bloom, the two families were so happy for the couple...When someone else's happiness is your happiness: that is called love. All in all, a lovely day.

    a beautiful summer's day...a super venue...a couple in love since they were teenagers get married...and they involve their lovely kids too!


    27 May 2017 - Debbie & Michael get married in Elgin

    and today's wedding 💍at the Mansfield Hotel, Elgin with Debbie & Michael. Beautifully romantic words of love 💘 in their self composed ceremony, a sands of life symbolic gesture with the kids and a glorious day in the sun to top it all off. Love is just a word until someone special gives it a meaning.

    First off what a great guy Neil is...

    From the moment we met Neil for our first meeting we knew he was the right person to do our wedding ceremony. He made myself, now husband and our 2 children feel so at ease. He interacted with the children to let them know what a big part of the day they were going to play and be included which is very important to us.

    He took in all off what we were saying and scripted out something so beautiful but with some humour in there for good measure.

    Everyone commented on how great Neil was and to be honest he made the ceremony even more special, it was like having a friend there not just a somebody.

    Some of the touches that Neil added were amazing he gave us so many ideas/options in which we are so greatful.

    We would highly recommend Neil and again thank you so much for making our day extra special. Debbie

    a summer day at Faerie Pools, Skye

    25 May 2017 - wedding day for Jane & Jeff 😍

    Thursday's elopement wedding - Jane & Jeff from Derbyshire, high up at the Fairy Pools on Skye with the Cuillins as a backdrop. It was a gorgeous day, ☀23c, blue skies, no fairies to be seen, but lots of love. 💞👰Every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale. Maybe there are some fairies about, bewitching the many walkers to throw off their clothes for dips in the pools! A magical day. And it was a delight to work with Norma & Roz of Euphoria Photography too.
    Thank you for a brilliant ceremony Neil, the whole event was perfect and the hand tying was a beautiful memory to take away! I am pleased you weren't attacked by midges at this ceremony but a little less heat would've made everyone a tad more comfortable I think! Well, almost everyone, poor Norma fell into the Pools bless her..she was pouring the water out her wellies!

    Kim & Bernie...bitten by more than the Love-bug

    23 May 2017 - Fairie Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye

    Tuesday's Skye elopement wedding...we were assailed by midges between soakings by the rain, after climbing through the rocky & muddy paths of the Fairy Glen at Uig on Skye; a bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Fairy Glen (sometimes spelt Faerie Glen) is a mystical, fascinating and otherworldly place to elope to...but that's what Kim & Bernie did today and I was delighted to be part of their special day...congratulations to Mr & Mrs Blocher!😍💑🌧🇺🇲🇩🇪️...Kim's smile is as beautiful as her dress and Bernie was the coolest groom to date...and soon they'll be 3 ! 👶
    Thank you so much, Neil! It was unforgettable, and the ceremony was absolutely beautiful." Kim Kidwell
    Note to self; reconsider wearing kilt in midge country!

    A garden wedding in Fife...

    21 May, Carol & Danny in Leslie, Fife

    Carol was so organised, did all the planning, Danny happy to leave it to her...the garden was beautifully decorated, a small, intimate guest list, Carol looked fantastic, she made her own lovely handfasting cord...their 3 things were just lovely - and quite unexpectedly romantic from Danny! A super day.

    "Hi Neil,
    We wouldn't have had anyone else, you done an amazingly good job & everyone was saying how funny & special the service was." Carol

    all the way from Canmore in Canada...lets elope to the Isle of Skye

    17 May 2017 Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

    A short boat trip from Elgon to Loch Coruisk, after a short 30 minute hike over bog and rocks to an idyllic spot recommended by the photographer. It was indeed a magical place, very intimate and loving ceremony, 2 x Handfasting and a quaich ceremony, my wife was a witness and my dog Tanni escorted us.

    "Neil & Ann, so great to met you finally after all the emails (80!). What a memorable day, a little breezy! Thanks so much, the ceremony was perfect. Wendy & Steve"


    the wedding of Lyndsey & Sandy

    13 May 2017 Bogbain Farm, Inverness...the bride had been counting down the months, weeks, day, hours, even the minutes...and NOW was the time. And then...

    Lyndsey and Sandy. Beautiful and excited bride, (forgot the Marriage Schedule!...a minor blip, we're flexible)...nervous but normally laid back groom = lovely couple. The new Mr & Mrs Leitch. I wore my late father's kilt for the occassion.
    "Neil u were amazing! The Ceremony was everything I expected it to be and more! Was so relaxed and funny and just felt perfect! Thankyou so much again for been part of our special day! Lyndsey Leitch"

    a giggling wedding throughout...😂😍

    29 April 2017 - a fun-filled wedding with laughs throughout for Laura & Ross at Lossiemouth

    it was a laugh-a-minute kinda day...bride Laura looked absolutely stunning, groom Ross was so relaxed, a lovely romantic ceremony with just a small group of family & friends...then the night time guests arrived in droves. I doubled as Master of Cermonies, everyone had a blast and the lovely couple loved every minute of it.

    "Just wanted to say thank you for all you did in making our day so much fun Neil...it was wonderful, everbody loved the ceremony. Laura"

    Wedding of Louise & Mark

    22 April 2017 - at Aswanley House, Huntly

    a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple in a beautiful setting - a great pair to work with, kept their ceremony loving and simple, intimate venue, family & friends loved it.

    "Thank you so much for last Saturday- independently, we both had so many compliments on the ceremony, people really loved that it was relaxed but both personal to me and Mark. I was so delighted with the whole day- it just passed far too quick." Louise

    Click on the link for the beautiful wedding video by Orchard Wedding Films, Peterhead; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5JhuvG1ync

    Cas & Mike's wedding

    16 April 2017 - Gruinard Bay beach, Wester Ross

    THIS is what's so great about doing Humanist weddings; a marvellous day out to Gruinard Beach, the rain stopped, the gale force wind abated and the sun came out...for the lovely Cas & Mike's wedding on the beach with stunning views and a wonderful backdrop. And Tanni's first wedding too! She was a good girl...had her special wedding collar on. Lovely couple, wonderful families & friends, gorgeous dress worn by the bride, rare single malt for the quaich toast...what more could you ask for?

    "We have to say, of all the fun and festivities over the last couple of weeks, our time on the beach is the best. That might sound obvious, but so many people have said their ceremony was over so fast, or they didn't remember it. But we remember the whole thing, perfectly. It was marvellous Neil, thank you." Mike

    wedding of Erin & Daniel (with slideshow)

    13 April 2018 - Cortes House, Fraserburgh


    I recently married this lovely couple who composed their own vows in their entirety; they read them to each other, holding hands and looking lovingly into each other's eyes...we had Shakespearian quotations, poetry from a Bridesmaid, 3 things the couple love about the other, symbolic gestures and this... (almost brought a lump to my throat)...(reproduced with their kind permission)

    "Daniel - you are the person I want to build my life with.
    You are a kind, loyal, passionate person who I love laughing with.
    Your friendship and unwavering support is something I know I can rely on through good times and bad.
    I promise today and always to share your dreams and help you achieve your goals, working with you and never against you.
    I will care for you as you care for me, sharing equally in the responsibilities we both bring to our marriage.
    I understand that marriage will not always be easy but promise to celebrate the highs and am committed to working with you through the lows.
    I cannot wait to continue life’s adventure with you by my side.
    It is with a joyous heart that I take you as my husband and pledge my whole heart to you in front of our friends and families.
    I Erin accept you Daniel, in marriage to be my lawfully wedded husband."

    "Erin - You are my best friend and the person who makes me the best that I can be.
    I will always believe in you and be your biggest supporter in all things, to help you achieve everything you want to in life.
    I promise to laugh with you, have fun with you, play games with you, dance with you and share all of the good things that we have ahead of us.
    And, when you are tired, I even promise to rub your legs when you need.
    I will love you whenever we are together, and when we are apart.
    I cannot wait for us to start the next chapter of our lives together, building a home and a family together, wherever in the world our journey takes us next.
    You are all I could ever want and I love you with all my heart - and I promise to always be by your side as we face life’s challenges together.
    I Daniel, accept you Erin, in marriage to be my lawfully wedded wife."

    Now isn't that just beautiful! 😍

    Thank you to David Grant Simpson for the pictures. Click on the link to view the beautiful wedding slideshow.






    Kristi & Robbie's wedding

    18 March 2017 - Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

    A lovely couple (they are just SO in love 😍)who put so much work into designing their own ceremony, with guests from Canada, Australia, the US and Cyprus. I believe there was even a few from deepest darkest Evanton! And Kristi was escorted up the aisle by her Mum Michelle to the strains of Ed Sheerin's Tenerife Sea. And a nice moment of reflection too.https://vimeo.com/209472118

    "Hi Neil, we can't thank you enough for such an amazing ceremony and a perfect day! It's a blur to me now it went so quick and I would do it all over again so would Kristi (I mean the wife)
    All the guests were telling us how great the ceremony was and we will all be recommending you! Will need to pop in and see you and this new puppy sometime!! Robbie "

    "Thank you so much Neil for marrying us, the ceremony was just what we wanted! Couldn't post this picture on your humanist page; just sums up our ceremony - lots of laughs! Everyone commented on how good it was. Thanks again, so much! Kristi"

    back to Achnagairn again - twice in a week!...for the wedding of Victoria & Craig...💖 the new Mr & Mrs Moffat ! 16 February 2017

    a beautifully simple & loving wedding cermony; the couple loved it, the guests loved it, there were many laughs and lots of enjoyment. Mother of the bride made their handfasting cords. It was just a perfect day.

    (like the new trews?) 😁

    Howdy! & how ye' doin?😁

    14 February - Valentines Day - 2017 at Achagairn, Inverness

    Ashley and Kieran, Valentines Day wedding at Achnagairn. Super day, 🌞lovely weather, fabulous couple and a lovely ceremony with some unique and innovative symbolic gestures, lots of Scots & Americans, single malts, tartan = a perfect day for a lovely couple.

    "You performed a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony...thank-you for adding so much to this very special day! Nancy, (Mother of the bride) Oh and the scotch tasting was fabulous!" https://www.harperscottphoto.com/blog/2017/3/20/achnagairn-castle-wedding-photography

    a snowy wedding day at Aviemore...👰🎩

    Christine & Kevin, now Mr & Mrs Smith 💞

    A beautifully simple and loving, family orientated ceremony. The couple wrote their own vows and designed a lovely original quaich ceremony involving their dads. It was a mid morning wedding, leaving plenty time for the bacon rolls, sledging a loads of fun afterwards. 😀

    Wedding of Danielle & Robbie

    23 December 2016 - Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurcus

    "well, that's my last wedding 💍of this year done; Danielle & Robbie's elopement wedding💖, outdoors at Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurcus Forest 🌳, ❄4c, under umbrellas some of the time, heavy rain & wind, absolutely wonderful couple so in love, 😍baby due any day and kicking during the ceremony...with only my wife and daughter as witnesses and my wee grandsons as helpers! The couple used their own handmade handfasting cords in their family tartans.
    "It was magical. Thanks from both of us for making our dream come true" they said. It was certainly magical. Best wishes for the future Danielle & Robbie.

    Wedding of Dawn & David

    29 October 2016 - Tulloch Castle, Dingwall

    "Neil recently conducted the wedding of my sister and the service was perfect. It was very personal and gave a great account of the happy couple. The whole service felt relaxed and was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. Highly recommend Neil to anyone looking for a Humanist Celebrant to deliver any kind of service." Claire Smith

    Funeral for simply a nice bloke...


    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely service you gave my dad yesterday, you spoke so eloquently about him, I think if you had met my dad the two of you would have got on, listening to all his stories and local historical knowledge. Love fee xx"

    it's always a honour to deliver a funeral tribute

    a lovely casket reflecting the lady she was; fun and cheerful.

    "A tall, elegant and quite beautiful woman, she had this quiet dignity about her…but was more often than not in wellies and smelling of the byre! As her son often said, she was never far from her farming roots."



    “I can’t thank you adequately for yesterday Neil. The ceremony was absolutely perfect – celebrated the happy times, the good times of my wife’s life and was commented on by everyone. And thank you especially for your warmth and understanding.”


    “Dear Neil, Just a short note to say that we very much appreciated the service for Mum this afternoon. We felt it hit exactly the right note. A lot of people came up to me at the reception to say that they thought it was a brilliant service and just right for her. So thank you very much indeed for that.”


    "Hi Neil,

    I just wanted to send on the family’s thanks for putting together and running such a lovely service on Friday for Grandma’s funeral. You really did make what is a very sad time that little bit better.Thanks again,

    Sonia (and family)"




    Naming & welcoming ceremonies...

    08 August 2016 - Alfie...

    "Neil, thanks so much for performing Alfie's naming ceremony, we all had a fantastic time. Thanks a million, Robyn & Chris."

    01 April 2017 - an Edinburgh ceremony for Arran...

    !!..."Neil, thank you for making Arran's Naming Ceremony so special.
    The day was everything we wanted it to be, Caroline & Richard"
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  • Photos & Videos

    My Humanist Heroes - enjoy!


    Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster, world leading & inspirational naturalist - and a Humanist.


    Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. And a Humanist.


    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. And a Humanist.

  • audio files

    Have a listen and enjoy!

    a short audio on Humanist Ceremonies...

    one on Humanist weddings...

    another on civil partnerships...

    vow renewal?...listen here...

    another on welcoming & naming ceremonies...

    and finally, one on Humanist funerals & memorials

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