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ABOUT ME

Hello and welcome! I’m Janni, humanist and non-religious celebrant based in Belfast and delivering ceremonies for all occasions throughout Northern Ireland. Memorable and fun-loving ceremonies for all the times of your life are my speciality.

Our Humanist Celebrations

Funerals

I work with a range of funeral directors across Belfast and Northern Ireland to create personal, meaningful funeral services.

Weddings

The great thing about a humanist wedding is that you can have it anywhere and at any time too. You can keep to traditions or be as creative as you like.

Naming Events

I would love to work with you to create an amazing Baby Naming or Welcoming ceremony for your little one. These celebrations are informal ad full of love and laughter.

Humanism & Celebrations

Why Choose Me

For your special day, whether it’s your wedding, renewal of vows or a naming ceremony, you will be considering the venue, the flowers and your guest list. Exciting times! At the heart of your celebration will be your ceremony that sets the tone for the rest of your day.

You may already have an idea of your dream ceremony or you may like some guidance. We can chat about the many options available to you and create your perfect day.

I write and deliver meaningful non-religious ceremonies and, if you choose me, I’ll craft the ceremony you always dreamed of. I’ll tell your story however you would most like it to be told, and give you the opportunity to connect with people who are special to you. 

A humanist ceremony is a fantastic choice. There are no limitations or rules that we have to stick to! I’ll listen to your ideas and work with you to create a beautifully, bespoke ceremony that reflects you, as a couple, delivered to the highest standard. The process will be a lot of fun and together we can make sure that your memories of your perfect ceremony will be wonderful.

Frequently asked Questions

The first thing is to either complete the contact form on the website, or phone or email me. We can then arrange a meeting face to face or set up a Zoom or video call to discuss your requirements and preferred date.

UK Weddings – Weekends and Bank Holidays From £800

UK Weddings – Midweek From £700

Destination Weddings (outside Northern Ireland) – From £1000 

Commitment Ceremonies – From £650

Renewal of Vows – From £650 

Baby Naming – From £350

Funerals & Memorials – From £250

I am based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, my fees include travel. I am willing to travel across Northern Ireland

All prices include complimentary mini-rituals.

Once we have had our initial meeting, within 24 hours, I will email you an outline of what we have discussed, together with a booking form and supporting documentation.

Once these documents have been signed and returned, they will form the Professional Agreement between us. I will pencil in your requested date and this will be kept available to you for 7 days.

To secure and guarantee your booking please do the following:

  • Within 7 days of our meeting, pay a 50% non-refundable deposit using bank details provided in my covering email.
  • Sign and return the booking form and supporting documentation to me by email.

This date is then kept solely for you.

The remainder of the fee is payable using the bank details provided prior to your ceremony.

Happy Days NI Ceremonies would like to keep in touch with you. To comply with GDPR data protection regulations, you will be asked to complete a GDPR form to confirm that you are happy for Happy Days NI Ceremonies to communicate with you and hold your contact details and your preferred method of contact. This form will be included in the booking form supporting documentation.

Humanism is an ethical lifestyle. 

We try to be good, decent human beings because it’s the right thing to do. We don’t need praise or reward and we aim to celebrate this life in the best way that we can and to help others to have a happy life too.  

Humanism celebrates diversity and equality, and values the relationships we have with other people – in part by marking key life events such as birth, marriage, and death.

In Northern Ireland, a celebrant-led humanist wedding ceremony is legal. This means that you can choose where and when to get married at a place and time that suits you best.

I am accredited by Humanists UK to conduct legal marriages in Northern Ireland. You’ll lodge your intention to marry with the local registrar where your wedding venue is located and pay an administration free to Humanists UK. Then we will create an amazing personalised wedding ceremony that you’ll love.

It is important that everyone will feel welcome. Nearly every ceremony will have guests from different faiths or no faith. I feel passionately that everyone present should feel comfortable and involved and enjoy the day. We can make space in your ceremony to have a moment of reflection. Some people may use this time to pray, if they wish.

A humanist ceremony celebrates you, the couple, and everyone gathered is there for that very reason.

A humanist ceremony includes everyone. Guests often comment that the occasion is much more moving and meaningful than other weddings they have attended because it is so personal.

Registrars are employed by local councils and are responsible for the administration of registering births, marriages and deaths.

Humanist Celebrants are self-employed and can conduct legally binding marriage ceremonies.

The most important difference is that by choosing a humanist wedding you will have a ceremony that is unique and personal to you.

A celebrant will get to know you in advance and work closely with you on the script. Your celebrant-led ceremony can take place where and when you choose. A registrar will usually use a standard script and it is unlikely you would meet them before the ceremony day itself and timings are usually limited.

Many people discover they have a humanist outlook and they didn’t realise it! If you are non-religious and have empathy and compassion in your life, if you look to science, reason and try to live an ethical and meaningful life, then you’ll find that you share a humanist philosophy. 

Your wedding ceremony will be a personal, and meaningful way to celebrate your marriage without the constraints of a religious ceremony.

A humanist ceremony is entirely centred on the people involved. Each ceremony is designed and written for the couple, their family and friends, so no each ceremony is as unique as the couple it celebrates. Everything about it is determined by you – your wedding script is relevant, personal and genuine to you to create your happy day.

Of course. Humanist ceremonies are non-religious and there are rituals from other cultures that can be incorporated. Symbolism or rituals can be hugely enriching to your ceremony. They can be visually captivating and create an incredibly strong physical representation of your intentions for each other as a couple and if you like, you can also include your wider family and friends.

As a humanist celebrant in Northern Ireland, I’m more than happy to discuss any ideas that you have. 

There are lots of symbolic rituals to choose from or we can create one especially for you. I love the drama of ritual – it is a piece of theatre and I love that! 

Personal vows are often one of the highlights of a humanist wedding. 

I can give you as much help and support as you need to write your own vows.

If that’s not your thing, I can provide a range of sample vows and you might want to use some of these or adapt them to suit – it’s entirely up to you.  

Many people like to take a more traditional approach, these can be adapted to fit a non-religious ceremony. 

If you don’t want to speak at your wedding you don’t have to. We can create a ceremony that works for you.

I think music adds a real poignancy especially when it means something significant to you as a couple. 

From contemporary to classical, you can choose to have a live performance, or listen to something recorded. Maybe you would like something that everyone to sing along to. I can work with you and suggest some choices for you to consider.

Love is love and we welcome all couples; we will celebrate you for being you. The current laws in Northern Ireland are changing and if you would like a same sex wedding, you can have one from February 2020. From 13th January 2020, we can begin to register same-sex couples, and the first weddings can take place from 10th February onward. Yay!

That’s where I come in!

It definitely takes a wee bit more time and thought to arrange a humanist ceremony and, with my guidance, you’ll discover you have loads of ideas to include.

Personally, I think having a bespoke wedding is totally worth the effort. Most couples find the planning process fun to do and really interesting. Remember – you are the expert on you, so the end result will be a ceremony that reflects the two of you, your values, and your love story – a truly personal and unique wedding created around you.  

It’s lovely to include family and friends in your ceremony if you would like to, but you don’t have to. It’s all up to you and I am happy to guide you through it and make sure it is stress-free and enjoyable.

That’s entirely up to you. Your ceremony can be as short or as long as you choose.

Usually, they tend to last between twenty and forty-five minutes.

I will work with you to craft a ceremony that is special and that you will bring many of the values you identify into your married life together. Due to the close relationship I have with my couples, I only take on so many every year.  

It is virtually impossible to calculate the hours of work I put into each ceremony. There are no hidden extras, and travel within Northern Ireland is included. If you are unsure about what my fee includes, don’t hesitate to contact me.

One of the reassurances of choosing a Humanists UK celebrant is that we are part of a network of accredited celebrants – there is always a top quality celebrant who could stand in and deliver the script we’ve created together. 

I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland but don’t worry, I love to travel, so wherever you are, we can meet up to make plans and, of course, to be there for your big day and a rehearsal too, if you would like one. I’m lucky enough to have visited some of the best wedding venues in Northern Ireland, definitely check out my recommendations if you are yet to book your wedding venue!

Yes! It can be a relief to have your unique and meaningful ceremony already planned out so that you know the kind of send off you will have.

I can chat to you about the type of memorial or funeral service that you want. This can be traditional or something that is totally unique. There are all kinds of venues to consider if you would like to.

We’ll discuss, who will be involved, the music you would like played, what poems or readings to include, and if you would like to include tributes from friends and relatives.

If there are no plans in place for a funeral ceremony, loved ones may have to guess what your wishes might be. Avoid confusion and possible disagreements by pre-planning your service and have your wishes recorded in advance.

Celebrating the person who has died is a chance to share the music that was important to them, whether it’s classical music, folk or rock, or a combination of all of them, we can include their musical tastes.

In some of my ceremonies the music has been live, from a soloist, a traditional ceilidh band, or a sing-along it has been truly memorable.

There are other options of playing recorded music.

If required, I have a portable amp and mics so can play music for your ceremony.

There are some really beautiful poems and readings that you can choose to include in a funeral ceremony. Get in touch with me if you would like some recommendations.

These ceremonies start from £350.

I am based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and my fees include travel within one and a half hours from my home. I’m willing to travel throughout Antrim, Armagh, Down, Derry / Londonderry, Fermanagh, and Tyrone.

All prices include one optional, complimentary mini-ceremony.

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"Janni you created a wedding that was exactly what we wanted. I loved every minute of it!"
KATHY