Practicing in the UK since 1996 and now exclusively in North Carolina, it has been my privilege and great pleasure to officiate at a huge variety of wonderful, customized wedding ceremonies. From British Royal Family members, through televised weddings of stars and celebrities, to small, intimate weddings on a tight budget with just a few guests; it has been a delight and an honor to be invited to officiate at each and every couple's special day.
"Every wedding is unique and special because every couple is unique and special."
"I love what I do and I do it with love." I firmly believe that ceremonies, which mark the special occasions in our lifetimes; bring us together, not only as a couple but as a family, as a community and in turn this underlines our humanity.
I specialize in non-religious wedding ceremonies where the focus is on the people rather than on tradition. This is the very definition of a Humanist ceremony.
I offer customizable and deeply personal wedding ceremonies. I will write your ceremony words from scratch and I will help you build the wedding ceremony of your dreams, unique in every way, that will perfectly encompass and reflect your hopes, dreams and passions as a couple.
"Every ceremony is first about the couple."
Because I am not tied to any faith tradition, I am free to help you realize any and all ideas you have about your ceremony. When you choose a secular ceremony there are so many options and every word, action, song and piece of music in your ceremony can be completely focused on both of you.
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Melanie · Married on 11/03/2017
We hired Kathy Atkinson from Your Secular Ceremony for our wedding on 03 November 2017 at Ritchie Hill and have nothing but amazing things to say about her. Kathy was exceptional from start to finish.Sent on 12/02/2017
After one phone call with her we knew she was the right person for the job. She is one of the kindest people we have had the pleasure to get to know through wedding planning and we are so thankful.
Our first meeting with her was beautiful and intimate: Her warmth and kindness made it feel like we had known her for a really long time already. Her kind and warm nature also made it easy for us to open up to her and tell her about our relationship. She asked all the right questions in order to write up this beautiful and personal ceremony for our wedding day. And oh, what a writer she is. The first draft she sent to us needed only a few minor changes, then it was already perfect.
Kathy went above and beyond for us. She really made an effort to get to know us as a couple. She offered many fabulous ideas to make our wedding feel intimate and romantic - all of them were so personal and "us". She even prepared to say some words in German as well as in French for our family from Austria and Quebec. It was beautiful and everyone felt so included in the ceremony.
Kathy coordinated the rehearsal for us and had so much patience. Most importantly, Kathy has the ability to calm you down with her calm voice and demeanor. It was amazing, after just three sentences into the ceremony, we did not feel nervous anymore. So many friends complimented us on how beautiful, romantic, and perfect our ceremony was. And we owe it all to her.
Kathy, from the bottom of our heart, thank you for being there on our wedding day. Our wedding ceremony was better than either of us could have ever imagined. Because of you we will have these beautiful words to remember our day forever.
Erin · Married on 10/28/2017
Kathy has years of experience and is kind, friendly, and professional. I initially contacted her through email, from there we set up a phone call to discuss her services and our initial vision, then we set up an in person meeting where we discussed with Kathy what the structure our ceremony would be. She helped us with this using a template from other weddings based on our timeline, and this was so helpful because she broke the whole thing down, gave us options and advice on what to include and how. After this meeting I was feeling more confident and excited instead of unsure and nervous about what the ceremony would be like. We then set up a second in person meeting where Kathy asked us both questions about our relationship, how we met, what brought us to this day, and things we admire about each other. She took detailed notes and used all of that information to write up a custom and extremely personalized ceremony. She made edits that we suggested to her draft but we had very few changes because she’s that good. She got copies of the vows we wrote and had them with her on the wedding day so we could read right from her book instead of us carrying something. And just like the other reviews I read, we got SO many compliments on our ceremony and no one said anything about it not being religious! People were telling us it was the best wedding ceremony they’d been to and a family friend who hadn’t met my husband before felt like he got to know him just through the ceremony. Hiring Kathy was one of the easiest and best decisions we made!Sent on 02/28/2018
Danielle · Married on 10/21/2017
We are so happy to have found Kathy! She was incredible to work with from beginning to end and made the process of creating our wedding ceremony so easy. It was wonderful having so much input into how the ceremony would go. Kathy was able to capture the essence of our relationship and weave it into the most beautiful and personal ceremony script. It was exactly what we hoped for and we absolutely recommend Kathy to anyone interested in having a personalized, secular ceremony centered on love.Sent on 11/07/2017