Based in Los Angeles, California, Gina Kirkland is a Humanist Celebrant available for wedding ceremonies, life celebrations, and naming ceremonies that reflect Humanist principles.
She offers her services in the Southern California area and is also available to travel to your location.
Her primary goal is to help two persons celebrate their love in a way that respects their identities and wishes by offering guidance and advice in the options available through language, ceremony, traditions and modern twists on traditions.
Pre Wedding Guidance
Providing pre-ceremony guidance and advice on wedding vows, readings, the flow of the ceremony and wedding rituals
Creating a personalized wedding ceremony that reflects your lives, passions and personalities
Celebrating Your Big Day
Performing a ceremony that is unique to you and reflects the mood of your special day
Parts of a Wedding Ceremony
Procession with intro music
Dearly beloved or recognition of the audience/witnesses
Words on Marriage:
Replaces the sermon in a traditional wedding and explains why marriage is valuable and, if desired, what a Humanist wedding is
Exchanging of the Vows:
Inviting the couple to read their vows to each other
Exchanging of the Rings
Declaration of Intent to Marry:
The “I Do’s”
Pronouncement of Marriage:
I now pronounce you husband and wife OR husband and husband OR married partners OR wife and wife (choosing the language that best fits you)
Blessing/Poetry/Final announcements/Formal introduction of the couple
A Few Words on LGBTQ+ Weddings
“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation…There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices.”
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Humanism?
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
What is a Humanist Wedding Ceremony?
A Humanist Ceremony would not include anything that offends, disturbs, or is considered inappropriate by the couple entering into marriage. It should benefit people, not institutions, and use non-theistic language. It should promote the dignity and equality of each partner (e.g., parents do not “give away” daughters”). It should respect the backgrounds of each partner and all rituals or symbols used should be explained.
What else do I need to do to get a marriage license?
Check with your local county clerk to learn the policies in your area on obtaining a marriage license. I am including information on getting a marriage license in Los Angeles, but if you are in a different area and need some assistance, please feel free to ask.
You do not need a blood test for a marriage license in Los Angeles County and your license is good for 90 days from the time you get it. It is the celebrant’s responsibility to return the signed license to the county clerk after the marriage to complete the filing. When you apply you should bring your Driver’s License or other valid identification. Some counties recommend bringing certified copies of your birth certificates. Know your parents’ names and mothers’ maiden names and places of their birth.
Gina officiated my wedding and struck a pitch perfect balance of calm and preparedness for our special day. We sat with her a few weeks prior to the ceremony and spoke about the wedding we wanted. She is warm, professional and patient.
“Thank you so much for marrying us, twice! lol Married life has been amazing.” ***SPECIAL NOTE: Jason and Jasmine forgot the wedding certificate on the day of their wedding, so they had the joy of getting married twice!
“Gina was so great to work with. My clients loved her wedding service that she performed! She is easy to talk to & can truly make your day magical. Thank you again!”
Wonderful to deal with and great communication! Gina has been fabulous! Looking forward to having her officiate our wedding.
Gina was very professional, friendly and accommodating. She made our special day even more special. Thank you!
Couldn’t expect a better experience! Simply great!
Best officiant!!! Gina was amazing and made our ceremony the most memorable. She took the time to get to know us and listened to what we wanted. Then during our rehearsal our coordinator didn’t show and she was able to help us get everyone lined up and ready. Gina is amazing!!!
Gina always exceeded our expectations. We first met with her in a coffee shop where she presented my fiancée (now wife!) Christine and I with a variety of great ideas for a ceremony. They were so amazing that Christine cried. Under Gina’s careful guidance, we spent the next few weeks tailoring a ceremony that would...
Gina made our wedding perfect!
Gina always exceeded our expectations. We first met with her in a coffee shop where she presented my fiancée (now wife!) Christine and me with a variety of great ideas for a ceremony. They were so amazing that Christine cried.
Under Gina’s careful guidance, we spent the next few weeks tailoring a ceremony that would be a reflection of both our personalities and our families. We met with Gina again and she walked us through the big day. It felt very special and Christine cried.
Gina then worked with us individually on perfecting our vows. Before we knew it our wedding day arrived. All of our friends and family were in town so we didn’t sleep much the night before and our minds were also filled with very important questions like, “Are the basil leaves for the signature cocktails going to wilt?! Is the DJ going to play a song that Grandma Sue can dance to?! Should we have gone with highball glasses instead of old fashioned glasses?!”
Turns out none of that matters; with so much going on and the nerves flowing it was easy to forget that the only thing that really mattered was the ceremony. It’s the reason everyone showed up! Thankfully Gina was our rock. She was so prepared, so organized, and so calm that the ceremony could only go perfectly. It did and we all cried.
Gina Kirkland graduated from West Texas A&M University and worked as an educator and an event planner before opening Kirkland Productions, Inc., a college entertainment, comedy, and speakers agency, in 2000. In 2013, she channeled her lifelong passion for women’s issues into leading her organization, Girls Fight Back, to bring the message of living a fearless life and combating violence against women to millions of young women across the country. She runs the GFB Speaker Academy, is a NOVA certified Victim Advocate, and currently sits on the board of IMPACT Personal Safety in Los Angeles. She is involved in the secular community, having served on the board of Sunday Assembly Los Angeles and as a Humanist Celebrant. She is the mother of a teenage son, a proud Humanist, and active in community service.
Contact & Pricing
Celebrant fees range from $350 – $750 depending on the level of customization, the time involved in creating your service and the travel involved.
Mileage reimbursement will be added at the rate of $1 per mile for all locations more than 5 miles from the 90232 zip code along with parking fees if they are necessary for your venue.Payments:
Payments can be accepted by PayPal, check, and Visa or MasterCard. There is a 5% fee for payments made by Visa or MasterCard to cover the credit card charges. Ceremony dates can be held for 50% and the final payment is due on the day of service. For more information please reach out to Gina: O: 866-769-9037