Non-Religious Ceremonyhelpful tips
- The music at a civil or Humanist ceremony must be non-religious (ie not just non-Christian).
- The 'non-religious' definition is subject to the interpretation of individual Registrars – there’s no overall list.
- Clear your music choices with your Registrar well in advance to avoid any nasty surprises on the day.
- String quartets, pianists, guitarists, acoustic duos and harpists are all popular options. They can all play during your drinks reception too
- If you are unsure whether a piece is permissible, contact the General Register Office to check:
0300 123 1837 / [email protected] / [email protected]
- If the GRO say that a piece is OK, the Registrar will generally follow their advice...
Entrance of the Bride
- It normally takes just seconds for the bride to enter, so avoid pieces with long introductions!
- Joyous, upbeat music is traditional, but something quiet, elegant and understated can be magical too
Signing of the register
- The signing of the register is generally much quicker at civil ceremonies than at church weddings
- You’ll probably need about 5-7 minutes of music whilst you sign the register
- Generally romantic, reflective music works best, as this contrasts with the upbeat recessional music which follows on
- The recessional is normally cheerful and upbeat, to contrast with the music during the signing of the register
Here are some ideas for readings.