Martha Lawton - Humanist Celebrant

Bespoke non-religious naming ceremonies

Welcoming a child into your life is an event which brings joy and prompts reflection. Whether your new addition is your first child or your fifth, a wonderful surprise or a long-awaited adoptee, their arrival is a time to celebrate.

For centuries people have created meaningful ceremonies to mark this occasion. Such ceremonies bring together both aspects of the experience, the delight children bring and the responsibility we have for the care and nurture of those children.

Some young people and adults also choose to have ceremonies to celebrate a change of name and affirm the significance of such a move.

Humanist ceremonies allow us a space to gather and honour the moment, share our happiness and make our commitments to each other outside of an established religious setting. For many people nowadays that feels the most natural and comfortable choice. Humanist ceremonies are also inclusive of everyone, whatever their spiritual beliefs, and are a great choice for couples from differing religious traditions and people who do not feel accepted by the religion of their upbringing, for example LGBTQ people.

My aim as a celebrant is to really listen to your experiences and put together a ceremony which gets to the emotional heart of your hopes and intentions. If I can I’ll also add a little humour.


Where I work

I am based in north London and work primarily in north and east London with occasional trips to Essex and Hertfordshire. I am happy to go further afield if you will cover my travel.


Accredited by Humanists UK

I am trained and accredited by Humanist Ceremonies™. Humanist Ceremonies™ is part of Humanists UK, a charity which represents the needs and perspectives of non-religious people. Humanist Ceremonies has a growing network of around three hundred trained and accredited celebrants working across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Some celebrants conduct our full range of ceremonies – namings, weddings and funerals. Others conduct only one or two ceremony types. I am only accredited to deliver naming ceremonies at present. To look for a local wedding celebrant click here, for a funeral celebrant click here.

I am committed to keeping the Humanist Ceremonies™ Code of Conduct.

I am covered by the Humanists UK’s Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance - coverage summary here: Insurance Policy summary