Margaret Downey and Secular Celebrations

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.”  -- George Eliot

In every life, there are certain occasions that call for ceremonies -- weddings, the arrival of a child, the onset of adulthood, marriage, separation and finally, death.  Recognition of these milestones mark one's passage through life and gives community and family the opportunity to come together. 

As our society grows increasingly secular, so grows the need for personal celebrations that accurately reflect the beliefs of the individual.

Margaret Downey is a recognized Secular Humanist Officiant. After attending Humanist leadership classes at The Humanist Institute and training sessions through the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH), Council Chairman Paul Kurtz certified her to conduct marriages and other secular ceremonies.

The current rate schedule for weddings is as follows:

  • $400 Base price for all weddings
  • $100 Discount applies to all members of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
  • $100 Deposit is due at time of obtaining the wedding license
  • Balance is due on date of wedding or shortly thereafter