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Civil Ceremonies

The ceremony format is similar for Humanist, Spiritualist, and civil ceremonies. The exact layout will depend on what you and your celebrant decide, as it can be personalised to suit you. 

As a guide, here is a sample layout:

Civil Ceremony

ENTRANCE

LIGHTING OF THE INDIVIDUAL / UNITY CANDLES (INSTRUMENTAL, APPROX 45 SECONDS EACH)

EXIT

SONG BETWEEN (OR AFTER) READINGS & SIGNING THE REGISTER

If I should fall behind (Bruce Springsteen)

Higher Love (James Vincent McMorrow)

How long will I love you (Ellie Goulding)

The Voyage (Christy Moore)

You Do Something To Me (Paul Weller)

When the right one comes along (Clare Bowen)

Feels like Home (Randy Newman)

God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)

To Make you feel my love (Adele)

You Belong to Me (Jason Wade)

A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Something Inside So Strong (Labbi Siffre)

The first time ever I saw your face (Roberta Flack)

Heaven (Bryan Adams)

Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)

Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)

Teardrop (Massive Attack)

All I Need (Air)

This I Promise You (Ronan Keating)

Sweet Love (Mary Black)

You’re the world to me (David Gray)

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

The One (Kodaline)

Let It Be Me (The Everly Brothers)

Somewhere only we know (Lily Allen / Keane)

I Only wanna be with you (Vonda Shepard)

Lean on Me (Bill Withers)

My Sweet Lord (George Harrison)

All You Need is Love (The Beatles)

We’ve only just begun (The Carpenters)

Grow Old with You (Adam Sandler/The Wedding Singer)

At Last (Etta James)

Let it Be (The Beatles)

All I want is you (U2)

Better (Tom Baxter)

What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

The Rose (Bette Midler)

Nothing else matters (Metallica)

A Life That’s Good (Lennon & Maisy)

One Day like this (Elbow)

You and Me (Lifehouse)

You are the Best thing (Ray LaMontagne)

Your Song (Elton John)

Say You Won't Let Go (James Arthur)

Rose of my Heart (Johnny Cash)

Everything (Michael Buble)

Still The One (Shania Twain)

Grow Old With Me (Tom Odell)

Perfect (Ed Sheeran)

Give You Blue (Allen Stone)

No Frontiers (Mary Black)

If Not For You (Bob Dylan)

Yellow (Coldplay)

Tenerife Sea (Ed Sheeran)

Rose of My Heart (Johnny Cash)

Fields of Gold (Sting)

At Last (Etta James)

Feel So Close (Calvin Harris / Nelly Furtado)

Only You (Yazoo)

Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

Always Remember Us This Way (Lady Gaga)

The Wild Mountainside (Eddie Reader)

Warm (The Coronas)

Firestone (Kygo)

Guiding Light (Foy Vance)

I Wanna Grow Old With You (Westlife)

Is That Alright? (Lady Gaga)

Just You And I (Tom Walker)

All Of Me (John Legend)

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)