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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions we are asked about the Humanist Association Scotland.

Other pages in the website provide details of our celebrants, supported charities and more about Humanism and about the Humanist Association Scotland.


How does the Humanist Association compare with other Humanist organisations?

The Association views the humanist philosophy of life in conjunction with humanitarian ideology in the support of humankind throughout the world irrespective of race, colour or creed and respects the diversity of Man. And in the process utilises its funds to support humanitarian causes.

Are general wedding enquiries allocated celebrants?

Couples are free to choose whichever celebrant they would like to conduct their ceremony, which is of course dependant on their availability to do so. If the celebrant of choice is not available the enquiring couple will be directed to those who may be available to officiate at their ceremony; again, leaving the choice, where possible, to the couple.

Do the Associations celebrants conduct same sex weddings?

All the Association’s celebrants have agreed to be registered by the Marriage and Civil Partnership Section, New Register House, Edinburgh to do so.

Are we required to become members of the Association before being married by one of the Associations Celebrants?

There is no requirement to become a member of the Association as a condition of the Association accepting a marriage booking. Most couples however, do agree to be registered as a ‘Friend of The Association’ meaning they subscribe to the Aims of the Association free of charge and who wish to be registered as such as will be explained by the celebrant.

What happens if our Celebrant is ill on the day of a wedding?

The Association would ensure that an alternative Celebrant is made available on the day.

Any other questions?

All questions you might have will be welcomed and answered as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours. Simply submit your question through our contacts page.