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Han Hills - Humanist, Non-Denominational and Non-Religious Wedding Minister

Raleigh , NC
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Practicing throughout the Carolinas and beyond since 2006, it has been a privilege to officiate at a huge variety of wonderful and touching weddings, as well as poignant and heartwarming... Read more
Practicing throughout the Carolinas and beyond since 2006, it has been a privilege to officiate at a huge variety of wonderful and touching weddings, as well as poignant and heartwarming memorials. I have also been asked to open veteran’s ceremonies, put together ceremonies welcoming newborns and lead formal annual events.
I am a graduate of the Humanist Institute and Dean of Celebrancy at Mindful Paths College, where I teach the performing of weddings and more and certify graduates. I am also President of the Society of Celebrations, a non-profit organization to train and ordain professional celebrants.
“The most rewarding job I know…”
I love what I do. I firmly believe that special ceremonies to mark important events for people and families are some of the things that truly make us a human community.

I specialize in ceremonies where the focus is on people rather than tradition. This is the very definition of a Humanist ceremony.
“Every occasion is first about the people…”
Because I am not tied to any faith tradition, I am free to help you realize any and all ideas you have. Every word, action and song of your ceremony can be completely focused on your experience as a person, as a couple, as a family, as a community. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
NC, SC

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Valerie
Wedding:
6/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Mr. Han Hills helped to make my dream wedding come true. From the first time I talked with him I knew he would be the perfect officiant for my fiance and me. Both my fiancé and I are very scientific so we knew we did not want a religious element in our ceremony. However we did want a very beautiful and romantic ceremony, and that is exactly what Han created for us! Most people did not even realize that there was no mention of religion. It was just such a heartfelt ceremony. And while not necessary, it certainly was a bonus that Han speaks in a wonderful British accent, as we had beautiful Beatles selections of music throughout the ceremony. I could not have picked a more perfect officiant! Han is highly organized and very professional, and a great speaker. I cannot recommend him highly enough. We thank him so much for being such a wonderful officiant.
Mr. Han Hills helped to make my dream wedding come true. From the first time I talked with him I knew he would be the Read more...
Mr. Han Hills helped to make my dream wedding come true. From the first time I talked with him I knew he would be the perfect officiant for my fiance and me. Both my fiancé and I are very scientific so we knew we did not want a religious element in our ceremony. However we did want a very beautiful and romantic ceremony, and that is exactly what Han created for us! Most people did not even realize that there was no mention of religion. It was just such a heartfelt ceremony. And while not necessary, it certainly was a bonus that Han speaks in a wonderful British accent, as we had beautiful Beatles selections of music throughout the ceremony. I could not have picked a more perfect officiant! Han is highly organized and very professional, and a great speaker. I cannot recommend him highly enough. We thank him so much for being such a wonderful officiant. Read less
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Missy
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a meaningful and yet attention maintaining ceremony. I had originally asked a friend to marry us, who ended up backing out- so I was a bit reluctantly pursuing hiring someone. From the first conversation I knew that Han was on point and the best we could get! He spent a lot of time making sure we both mapped out all the important components to our ceremony. I also asked him to attend the rehearsal- which was a lifesaver as he ensured the placement of items (microphones, tables for ceremonial objects) were in an appropriate area and not intrusive- as well as helping our readers and such understand their cues. Both my husband and I wanted a non religious ceremony- however my father in law was very upset we were having it outside of a church. When my husband asked Han if he wouldn't mind wearing a stole, he not only readily agreed but also went so far as to get a black robe to also wear. This was very well-received by my father in law- allowing us to present spirituality, but vocalize the vows in our own and deeply personal way. My mother had wanted us to be married by a family friend, however has raved how well put on Han's ceremony was and the very personal words he created- she has been telling everyone they ought to hire an officiant for all our future family weddings!

In summary- if you are looking for a very experienced officiant, that will listen to all your concerns and desires and take the time to create an event that is not only personal, but professional and memorable- you can not do any better than Han!
Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a Read more...
Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a meaningful and yet attention maintaining ceremony. I had originally asked a friend to marry us, who ended up backing out- so I was a bit reluctantly pursuing hiring someone. From the first conversation I knew that Han was on point and the best we could get! He spent a lot of time making sure we both mapped out all the important components to our ceremony. I also asked him to attend the rehearsal- which was a lifesaver as he ensured the placement of items (microphones, tables for ceremonial objects) were in an appropriate area and not intrusive- as well as helping our readers and such understand their cues. Both my husband and I wanted a non religious ceremony- however my father in law was very upset we were having it outside of a church. When my husband asked Han if he wouldn't mind wearing a stole, he not only readily agreed but also went so far as to get a black robe to also wear. This was very well-received by my father in law- allowing us to present spirituality, but vocalize the vows in our own and deeply personal way. My mother had wanted us to be married by a family friend, however has raved how well put on Han's ceremony was and the very personal words he created- she has been telling everyone they ought to hire an officiant for all our future family weddings!

In summary- if you are looking for a very experienced officiant, that will listen to all your concerns and desires and take the time to create an event that is not only personal, but professional and memorable- you can not do any better than Han! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a meaningful and yet attention maintaining ceremony. I had originally asked a friend to marry us, who ended up backing out- so I was a bit reluctantly pursuing hiring someone. From the first conversation I knew that Han was on point and the best we could get! He spent a lot of time making sure we both mapped out all the important components to our ceremony. I also asked him to attend the rehearsal- which was a lifesaver as he ensured the placement of items (microphones, tables for ceremonial objects) were in an appropriate area and not intrusive- as well as helping our readers and such understand their cues. Both my husband and I wanted a non religious ceremony- however my father in law was very upset we were having it outside of a church. When my husband asked Han if he wouldn't mind wearing a stole, he not only readily agreed but also went so far as to get a black robe to also wear. This was very well-received by my father in law- allowing us to present spirituality, but vocalize the vows in our own and deeply personal way. My mother had wanted us to be married by a family friend, however has raved how well put on Han's ceremony was and the very personal words he created- she has been telling everyone they ought to hire an officiant for all our future family weddings!

In summary- if you are looking for a very experienced officiant, that will listen to all your concerns and desires and take the time to create an event that is not only personal, but professional and memorable- you can not do any better than Han!
Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a Read more...
Han was amazing! He coordinated our entire ceremony and was very helpful in guiding us through the creation of a meaningful and yet attention maintaining ceremony. I had originally asked a friend to marry us, who ended up backing out- so I was a bit reluctantly pursuing hiring someone. From the first conversation I knew that Han was on point and the best we could get! He spent a lot of time making sure we both mapped out all the important components to our ceremony. I also asked him to attend the rehearsal- which was a lifesaver as he ensured the placement of items (microphones, tables for ceremonial objects) were in an appropriate area and not intrusive- as well as helping our readers and such understand their cues. Both my husband and I wanted a non religious ceremony- however my father in law was very upset we were having it outside of a church. When my husband asked Han if he wouldn't mind wearing a stole, he not only readily agreed but also went so far as to get a black robe to also wear. This was very well-received by my father in law- allowing us to present spirituality, but vocalize the vows in our own and deeply personal way. My mother had wanted us to be married by a family friend, however has raved how well put on Han's ceremony was and the very personal words he created- she has been telling everyone they ought to hire an officiant for all our future family weddings!

In summary- if you are looking for a very experienced officiant, that will listen to all your concerns and desires and take the time to create an event that is not only personal, but professional and memorable- you can not do any better than Han! Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Han did a great job at our ceremony. Afterwards, I had several guests approach me and express how well they thought he did, citing specifically his timing, his wit, and his ability to read the crowd and react appropriately.

He was also very organized, guiding us step by step through the ceremony and adapting it to our tastes.

Five stars.
Han did a great job at our ceremony. Afterwards, I had several guests approach me and express how well they thought he Read more...
Han did a great job at our ceremony. Afterwards, I had several guests approach me and express how well they thought he did, citing specifically his timing, his wit, and his ability to read the crowd and react appropriately.

He was also very organized, guiding us step by step through the ceremony and adapting it to our tastes.

Five stars. Read less
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sana
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Han was exactly what we were looking for. From the very beginning, not only was he very responsive but he provided a lot of insightful information based on key learnings he gathered from past weddings (e.g. order of people walking, who should walk who, and other minor details I had not even considered yet). Before we even began to talk about vows, he already helped me cross of a lot of stuff of the list.

As far as for the actual vows - he is so flexible and brings a lot to the table. He asks for personal biographies from each person about the other and from then he writes a personal story preceding the vows. He sends you his version and you're free to change/add/delete any parts you'd like. We had a lot of plans to change or add things but he did such an awesome job that we left his first version exactly as it was!

When it came to the actual prevention - Han was incredibly professional and a flawless speaker, and the British accent definitely added some flavor as well. During rehearsal, he took command until we got it just right and handled my crazy uncooperative crowd perfectly.

We couldn't have picked a better officiant to be held responsible for the most important, personal and intimate part of the wedding!!!
Han was exactly what we were looking for. From the very beginning, not only was he very responsive but he provided a lot Read more...
Han was exactly what we were looking for. From the very beginning, not only was he very responsive but he provided a lot of insightful information based on key learnings he gathered from past weddings (e.g. order of people walking, who should walk who, and other minor details I had not even considered yet). Before we even began to talk about vows, he already helped me cross of a lot of stuff of the list.

As far as for the actual vows - he is so flexible and brings a lot to the table. He asks for personal biographies from each person about the other and from then he writes a personal story preceding the vows. He sends you his version and you're free to change/add/delete any parts you'd like. We had a lot of plans to change or add things but he did such an awesome job that we left his first version exactly as it was!

When it came to the actual prevention - Han was incredibly professional and a flawless speaker, and the British accent definitely added some flavor as well. During rehearsal, he took command until we got it just right and handled my crazy uncooperative crowd perfectly.

We couldn't have picked a better officiant to be held responsible for the most important, personal and intimate part of the wedding!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Han is definitely one of the nicest people we have ever had the chance to meet. He was available to talk anytime I had a question, it was clear that Han was meant to marry people and everything he wrote for our ceremony was beautiful, we got a ton of compliments. I would recommend Han to anyone, he did an amazing job!
Han is definitely one of the nicest people we have ever had the chance to meet. He was available to talk anytime I had a Read more...
Han is definitely one of the nicest people we have ever had the chance to meet. He was available to talk anytime I had a question, it was clear that Han was meant to marry people and everything he wrote for our ceremony was beautiful, we got a ton of compliments. I would recommend Han to anyone, he did an amazing job! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
A thousand times thank you to Han!! He was incredibly personable, organized (to the max!), helpful with guiding us in choosing our vows, and obviously passionate with what he does. Our ceremony was exactly what my husband and I wished for thanks to Han. In the ceremony, he elegantly captured our meaning of marriage and articulated upon the bond that my husband and I had formed over our years together. It was beautiful, truthful, thoughtful, and insightful. We had numerous guests voice their agreement and love for the words spoken by Han. We will hold those words to heart and reflect upon them throughout the rest of our years together. Another personal thank you to you Han. Cheers!
A thousand times thank you to Han!! He was incredibly personable, organized (to the max!), helpful with guiding us in Read more...
A thousand times thank you to Han!! He was incredibly personable, organized (to the max!), helpful with guiding us in choosing our vows, and obviously passionate with what he does. Our ceremony was exactly what my husband and I wished for thanks to Han. In the ceremony, he elegantly captured our meaning of marriage and articulated upon the bond that my husband and I had formed over our years together. It was beautiful, truthful, thoughtful, and insightful. We had numerous guests voice their agreement and love for the words spoken by Han. We will hold those words to heart and reflect upon them throughout the rest of our years together. Another personal thank you to you Han. Cheers! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Han was awesome to work with. The entire process, from start to finish, was made easy by his routine contact with us and his understanding of the trade. My wife and i both felt great well before the wesding day that the service we were getting was going to be exactly how we wanted. Han also shared his experiences with us and provides us a great deal of counsel when it came to the parts of tge ceremony and even the music choices. We could go on and on about him but i can summarize by saying that we are more than pleases with Han as our officiant, that he made our day more enjoyable and leas stresful, that he was profesaional and timely and just an all around easy person to work with. Highly recommended.
Han was awesome to work with. The entire process, from start to finish, was made easy by his routine contact with us and Read more...
Han was awesome to work with. The entire process, from start to finish, was made easy by his routine contact with us and his understanding of the trade. My wife and i both felt great well before the wesding day that the service we were getting was going to be exactly how we wanted. Han also shared his experiences with us and provides us a great deal of counsel when it came to the parts of tge ceremony and even the music choices. We could go on and on about him but i can summarize by saying that we are more than pleases with Han as our officiant, that he made our day more enjoyable and leas stresful, that he was profesaional and timely and just an all around easy person to work with. Highly recommended. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
1/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Han did a phenomenal ceremony for Robert and me. We did not have any direction until Han came along, He immediately put us at ease. You could tell he had been doing this a while and was very experienced. He first wanted to know a bit about us, and then told us what he did. We were given a few guidelines for what a ceremony needed to take place (outline), and then he elaborated. However, we were given freedom to make it our own and completely unique! Each component of the ceremony was discussed, and if we felt stuck, he would help us along and make suggestions. His website was very useful when it came time to choosing a reading. We came up with a unity ritual that included components of the bride's heritage. We were given the choice of being more conventional and having him read while we repeat, or making a ceremony together that would be uniquely individualized to us. We chose the unconventional route, and we have absolutely no regrets. Han was very flexible with his hours, especially when we were working 2nd and 3rd shifts most of the time planning for the wedding. We feel he had the voice that best represented how we felt about each other. We would highly recommend him!!!
Han did a phenomenal ceremony for Robert and me. We did not have any direction until Han came along, He immediately put us Read more...
Han did a phenomenal ceremony for Robert and me. We did not have any direction until Han came along, He immediately put us at ease. You could tell he had been doing this a while and was very experienced. He first wanted to know a bit about us, and then told us what he did. We were given a few guidelines for what a ceremony needed to take place (outline), and then he elaborated. However, we were given freedom to make it our own and completely unique! Each component of the ceremony was discussed, and if we felt stuck, he would help us along and make suggestions. His website was very useful when it came time to choosing a reading. We came up with a unity ritual that included components of the bride's heritage. We were given the choice of being more conventional and having him read while we repeat, or making a ceremony together that would be uniquely individualized to us. We chose the unconventional route, and we have absolutely no regrets. Han was very flexible with his hours, especially when we were working 2nd and 3rd shifts most of the time planning for the wedding. We feel he had the voice that best represented how we felt about each other. We would highly recommend him!!! Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
12/28/2014
5.0/5.0
When Richard and I began searching for an officiant to conduct a non-religious ceremony for our wedding, we had no idea what to expect. Let's face it -- most people don't, right? We figured that most officiants use roughly the same "script" for all couples, with little personalization. When we got in touch with Han, though, we quickly realized that the wedding ceremony could be (and should be!) THE most important part of our special day, and that it truly could be 100% about us as a couple.

We contacted Han 10 months before our wedding date. Han actually responded to the initial inquiry within the hour! He was there to guide us through each and every step of the ceremony-planning process -- from who carries the rings to advice on ceremony readings, and so much more. We drove from Apex to Wilmington to meet with him (our choice) before "booking" his services. When the three of us sat down at lunch, Richard and I immediately felt comfortable around him. He truly wanted to know about our relationship and what makes us unique as a couple, not just about what we needed from him. He listened to our ideas and concerns. He provided around-the-clock assistance and kept the ceremony planning on-track, so that we weren't scrambling to write our vows at the last-minute!

We are SO glad that we booked Han for our wedding -- our friends and family won't stop raving about how special and unique our ceremony was! We actually hope to stay friends with Han, and plan on meeting up with him the next time we are in Wilmington!
When Richard and I began searching for an officiant to conduct a non-religious ceremony for our wedding, we had no idea Read more...
When Richard and I began searching for an officiant to conduct a non-religious ceremony for our wedding, we had no idea what to expect. Let's face it -- most people don't, right? We figured that most officiants use roughly the same "script" for all couples, with little personalization. When we got in touch with Han, though, we quickly realized that the wedding ceremony could be (and should be!) THE most important part of our special day, and that it truly could be 100% about us as a couple.

We contacted Han 10 months before our wedding date. Han actually responded to the initial inquiry within the hour! He was there to guide us through each and every step of the ceremony-planning process -- from who carries the rings to advice on ceremony readings, and so much more. We drove from Apex to Wilmington to meet with him (our choice) before "booking" his services. When the three of us sat down at lunch, Richard and I immediately felt comfortable around him. He truly wanted to know about our relationship and what makes us unique as a couple, not just about what we needed from him. He listened to our ideas and concerns. He provided around-the-clock assistance and kept the ceremony planning on-track, so that we weren't scrambling to write our vows at the last-minute!

We are SO glad that we booked Han for our wedding -- our friends and family won't stop raving about how special and unique our ceremony was! We actually hope to stay friends with Han, and plan on meeting up with him the next time we are in Wilmington! Read less
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