ABOUT US

WHY CHOOSE US?

WHY CHOOSE US - THISTLE CEREMONIES

YOUR LIFE. YOUR STORY. YOUR WAY. 


Thistle Ceremonies Trading Ltd offer bespoke ceremonies with a range of humanist celebrants who are committed to providing you with a personal and unique experience of the ceremony of your choice.


  • Baby/Toddler Namings
  • Adoptee Namings
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Funerals
  • Special Birthday Ceremonies
  • Retirement Ceremonies


We are a small organisation with staff specially selected to ensure that whatever Ceremony you want, you will be supported through the entire process from meeting up (virtually or in person depending on your preference and location), to having a script specially written for you. The script will be emailed to you beforehand to ensure that it says everything you would wish for your ceremony. On the day you will receive full support from your humanist celebrant before, during and after the service.


We offer:


  • A Ceremony tailored specifically to your wishes
  • An online/telephone booking system
  • A humanist celebrant of your choice
  • The knowledge that you are supporting a non profit organisation
  • Any additional organisational funds will go to our charity Thistle Ceremonies SCIO providing free funerals for those in need.

OUR PROCESS

WEDDINGS STEP THISTLE CEREMONIES

STEP 1


We meet with you to not only get to know what you require for your ceremony, but to also understand your and your loved ones story. It's also a chance for you to understand and vet us too!

WRITING CEREMONIES

STEP 2


We take your story, your love and construct it in to a script which reflects your wishes. Before providing you with the final first draft, each script is vetted by our panel to ensure quality is maintained.

REVIEW THISTLE CEREMONIES

STEP 3


This is a chance for you to review our work. We understand that thoughts and feelings can change over time, so it is still possible to make amendments up to 24 hours before the ceremony.

CELEBRANT THISTLE CEREMONIES

STEP 4


The ceremony. At this point we communicate your thoughts, your life and your story - your way. Whether a happy or sad occasion, the ceremony will reflect your wishes.

MEET THE THISTLE FAMILY


OUR ETHOS


Thistle Humanists embraces the attributes of kindness, tolerance and care for others and the natural world around us. Enshrined in this is a belief in the power of people to make a difference by supporting the right to choose; whether it is justice, better welfare or education for all. Humanism is a dynamic concept which seeks to further values of working with each other to make our world a better place to live in.


By promoting these values both in delivering humanist services through Thistle Ceremonies Trading Ltd and upholding these beliefs through Thistle Humanists, the two organisations are inextricably linked. In all our work, we strive to embody our values by: engaging in dialogue and debate rationally, intelligently, and with attention to evidence; and affirming the notions of freedom and progress.


Thistle Ceremonies Trading Ltd and Thistle Humanists - joint concepts where we recognise the value of the individual; provide a public service and are proponents of human worth and dignity.

PHYL WRIGHT THISTLE CEREMONIES
BILLY WARD - THISTLE CEREMONIES
CONSTANCE BARTLEY - THISTLE CEREMONIES
MARK WRIGHT - THISTLE CEREMONIES
ANNE SKELTON - THISTLE CEREMONIES
ALEXIS MCKENZIE - THISTLE CEREMONIES
JEAN STEELE - THISTLE CEREMONIES
LUCY BLACK - THISTLE CEREMONIES
TEGAN ELDER - THISTLE CEREMONIES
MARK WRIGHT - THISTLE CEREMONIES
JEAN STEELE - THISTLE CEREMONIES
LUCY BLACK - THISTLE CEREMONIES
TEGAN ELDER - THISTLE CEREMONIES
TEGAN ELDER - THISTLE CEREMONIES

PHYL WRIGHT

HUMANIST CELEBRANT AND CO FOUNDER


As well as an accomplished author and screenwriter, Phyl has enabled people to realise their own writing careers with her creative writing courses.



BILLY WARD

HUMANIST CELEBRANT AND CO FOUNDER


Based in Angus, after 37 years in Mallaig and Fort William. As a celebrant since 2016 I have found it to be enjoyable and fulfilling. Happy to travel anywhere in Scotland to conduct services.

CONSTANCE BARTLEY

HUMANIST CELEBRANT AND CO FOUNDER


Constance is a humanist Celebrant with a background in therapeutic counselling.  With great insight and empathy gained from working with people, she will always deliver a first class professional ceremony.

MARK WRIGHT

HUMANIST CELEBRANT AND CO FOUNDER


I’ve had a few health scares, and these taught me to look at life differently. This led me to a path of becoming a Humanist Celebrant, and finally to get that tingle!


Being a co founder of the Thistle family has been an incredible journey!

ANNE SKELTON

HUMANIST CELEBRANT



I first became interested in becoming a celebrant when someone else wrote my dad’s funeral eulogy and it sounded nothing like my dad, that was the moment I knew I had a role to fulfil. And I love it!

ALEXIS MCKENZIE

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


I worked in financial services for 16 years but always craved something more meaningful in my life. After the sudden death of a family member, I was asked if I would write and deliver the funeral. It was at this point, I realised my calling was to become a Celebrant.

CAROL O'ROURKE

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


Outside of my role as Humanist Celebrant and new member of the Thistle Family, I have two gorgeous children, a wonderful husband and I enjoy reading, health and healing, yoga, travel, cold water dipping (in the North Sea!) and creative writing.

FELICITY GORDON

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


I just love, love, in all its forms. It’s a beautiful thing that means and materialises in different ways for every person. We are all completely unique and it’s something that I enjoy about humanist ceremonies, this uniqueness can be celebrated in both life and death.


GILLIAN STIRLING

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


Love is at the centre of everything and will certainly be at the heart of your ceremony. With a healthy dose of romance, some light-hearted fun and laughter, I will tell your story, your way.

JANINE RYAN

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


Whether you dream of a ceremony on top of a mountain, in your garden, or in that most special of special places, I will be committed to making it the best it can possibly be.

JEAN STEELE

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


I was a teacher and enjoyed working in a support role for over 30 years supporting families whose children have additional needs.

I’ll guide you through all the possibilities as to how to personalise and create the ceremony you have always dreamed of.

LUCY BLACK

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


I became a humanist celebrant back in 2017, having worked in medical and customer service led roles. I run a domestic ironing business which was established back in 2014 but my passion is definitely people!

MEL GLASSWELL

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


I first became interested in Humanism some 20 years ago when I co-wrote my son’s Humanist naming ceremony. It was a beautiful experience and a wonderful way to welcome him into the world.

TEGAN ELDER

HUMANIST CELEBRANT


My background is working with children and families. I adore spending time with my own family and friends!

 
It is always an honour to be asked to bring families together as it is a privilege to be part of huge milestones in people’s life and can support them to create bespoke ceremonies.