New Traditions - Secular & Humanist Ceremonies

Lancaster, PA


Ceremony Types

Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Religious Affiliations

Nondenominational, Interfaith, Reform, Pagan, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian, Wiccan

Wedding Activities

Ceremony, Wedding


Contact Info

1237 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA (570) 205-3887

Reviewed on 9/10/2017 Liz R

Scott did a great job as our officiant. Many of our wedding guests commented on how personal and special our ceremony was. We couldn't have been happier!

Reviewed on 8/03/2017 Leah K

We truly can't say enough about how wonderful Scott was as our wedding officiant! The personalized ceremony was beautifully written and very moving. Everyone expressed how much they loved the ceremony are still talking about it months later. There were many smiles, laughter,... Read More and happy tears! Scott was incredibly professional, flexible, and accommodating. Scott was the absolute best choice for our wedding officiant! We are so thankful to have had him as part of our special day!

Reviewed on 7/10/2017 Melissa G

Scott is a professional. He's easy to communicate with, prepared, and provides you with a lot of material to choose from. We wanted a secular ceremony and Scott gave us a beautiful one that was about us and what we wanted. He gave us a ceremony with touches of humor, while... Read More appreciating the importance and seriousness of the occasion. Many guests commented on our personalized ceremony and how they felt that they got to know us (better).

Reviewed on 6/08/2017 Miranda S

Scott officiated our wedding on 5/6/17 in Gettysburg, PA. We found Scott online as we were struggling to find an officiant that would fulfill our desire for a non-religious ceremony. After about reading about Scott on his website and then meeting with him in person, we knew it... Read More was the perfect fit. Scott had us each write our love story, detailing how we met, the engagement, and all of the various details between. He then took our stories and wove them together for the perfect, personalized ceremony. Scott listened carefully to what we wanted, and expertly incorporated humor into our story, delivering all the right details while also keeping it concise. He also suggested a wine box ceremony, something that we hadn’t heard of before, but fit perfectly for us and is a keepsake that we look forward to sharing on our anniversary. We also wanted to write our own vows, which Scott was very supportive of, and helped us through any questions that we had about logistics. Scott is very professional, gets back to you quickly, and is an excellent storyteller with great public speaking skills. I don’t know what more you can ask for! We even had several guests at the reception tell us what a unique ceremony it was, and how much they enjoyed it. I highly recommend Scott Rhoades at New Traditions if you’re looking for a personalized and memorable wedding ceremony.

Reviewed on 2/25/2017 Megan F

Scott made my wife and I feel so comfortable during the process of planning the ceremony and especially on our wedding day. He was able to write our story in such a beautiful way that not only our guests were learning about our journey up to that special day, but also he made it... Read More sound like a lovely new version for us to hear as well. Our guests and even our photographer made sure to mention how wonderful our officiant did with our ceremony. We are so pleased Scott could be our officiant to help make the day so memorable to us!

Reviewed on 1/12/2017 Joshua E

Perfect. We wanted a short and sweet wedding. He accommodated our beliefs and reflected our values. A+++ Recommend.

Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Kimberly H

Memorable! Scott was amazing to work with, he took the time to understand the ceremony we envisioned and put this into action. Scott was able to incorporate our stories into one, and inspired both tears and laughs from us and our guests. Many of our guests shared that this was... Read More one of the best ceremonies they have been to! We would highly recommend Scott!

Reviewed on 10/09/2016 Allison C

If you are looking for a completely personalized ceremony, you can find no better than New Traditions! Scott did an amazing job of taking our two very different descriptions of our story and turning it into an absolutely beautiful ceremony. There was not a dry eye in sight by... Read More the end! It was important to us that we be able to pick and choose what we wanted in our ceremony since we are from different religious backgrounds (Christian & Atheist) and didn't want to join a church just for the wedding. Scott listened to every question we had and was always willing to work in our requests. We wanted to include a few weird references and also do a "framed finger prints" unity ceremony, both of which he did a great job of incorporating into the ceremony. He also helped us figure out some of the logistics of doing the unity ceremony as well, which was a huge help. When we had the rehearsal he took charge of gathering everyone, leading everyone in their roles, and gave the bridal party really helpful tips that kept things orderly and smoothly running on the day of. We even had some of my family stop by to watch the rehearsal (which was not planned), but he did a great job of fielding their questions regarding the ceremony so that we could focus on other things. Thank you Scott for a beautiful ceremony!

Reviewed on 9/04/2016 Lindsey S

New Traditions did a FANTASTIC job officiating our wedding! Scott was so accommodating and really listened to what my husband and I wanted in our ceremony. He paid attention to things we didn’t want and really made our ceremony something special. He does not do a cookie-cutter... Read More ceremony like you see at many weddings; instead he takes the time to truly get to know you and your love story and writes a completely custom ceremony. After the wedding my husband and I asked many of our guests what their favorite part of our wedding day was… by far everyone loved our ceremony the most! There was a perfect mix of seriousness and humor, which is something that really appealed to my husband and I. Scott has a special talent in being able to take a love story and create the most wonderful wedding ceremony from it! We would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is searching for an officiate for their ceremony. New Traditions was, by far, the best decision we made for our wedding!

Reviewed on 8/23/2016 Veronica R

Scott was absolutely fantastic to work with and I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a secular wedding ceremony. He was very attentive and the ceremony he came up with for our Wedding was unique and heartfelt. We both submitted our "relationship biographies" to Scott... Read More individually and he wove a beautiful story that touched everyone at the Wedding ceremony. Quite a few of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was at the reception.

Reviewed on 6/01/2016 Emily G

When we first decided to marry, we knew we wanted a wedding ceremony that focused on us, rather than an institution. We wanted an inclusive ceremony; something that reflects our attitudes towards human-kind, and that's what we found with Scott at New Traditions. Scott was so... Read More wonderful to work with. Through writing and a meeting, he spent time really getting to know us as a couple so he could best represent us. Through describing from our own points-of-view a written description of our relationship history, he was able to describe how we came together and how important it was that we made it through the drama in our early relationship. We could tell that it was just as important to him as it was to us to have the details of our relationship presented during the ceremony, but not necessarily said to our guests. He was so mindful of how delicate feelings can be. Plus, he's a great person! He has so many options to pick from for different elements in a ceremony that something unique and appropriate is easy to find with him. I still have people texting me that they have never heard such a special and meaningful ceremony, and that means so much to me. Scott makes the entire process of planning and working on a ceremony make sense, even if you are the type of person who doesn't necessarily buy-in to all that goes into a ceremony, in the end you will have a wonderful representation of your relationship, and can be very proud to stand with your partner and pledge your commitment to your guests. Thank you, Scott, from the bottom of our hearts, for making the day so special!

Reviewed on 5/26/2016 Stevii P

Scott was everything we were looking for and more. We wanted an officiant who would help us make the ceremony focus on our relationship and love for one another and he went above and beyond! We had many guests comment on how great the ceremony was and he made the rehearsal very... Read More easy to understand and smooth. Also, after looking around we found that Scott fit our budget perfectly and what we got for our money was a tremendous value. If you are looking for someone to help you make your wedding day about your own love story, look no further!

Reviewed on 5/22/2016 Caitlyn M

Scott at New Traditions was the perfect touch for our wedding ceremony. My husband and I are not very religious (but I was raised in a Catholic family where we went to church every week), so we knew we had to find a good officiant to bridge the "gap" in our wants vs. our needs.... Read More He made an extremely personal and thoughtful ceremony, and delivered it seamlessly during our wedding. He painted the picture of our relationship and really gave our wedding guests an inside view of "us" - the ceremony was funny, emotional and happy. We are so glad that we found Scott to share our special day!

Reviewed on 12/01/2015

Scott was a very thoughtful and knowledgeable guide through the process of creating a ceremony. He gave us input where we needed it and allowed us plenty of space to dream up something that really represented who we were as a couple. It was a fantastic experience and we hope... Read More that anyone looking to create a humanist or secular ceremony in Lancaster will get in touch with him!

Great Officiant

Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Kaitlin A

We loved working with Scott. The ceremony that he wrote for us was absolutely perfect. We wanted the show Futurama to be tied into our wedding ceremony, and Scott added in enough Futurama elements without it being over the top. It was such a nice ceremony. He also wrote a... Read More special version of a lock ceremony for us. Overall, he is a great officiant to work with.

Reviewed on 7/21/2015 Courtney E

My fiancé (now husband) and I found Scott Rhoades at New Traditions. We were pretty specific with who we wanted to marry us and from the very first email, we knew he would be perfect! We met in person and talked through email/phone. He designed our ceremony to be exactly what we... Read More wanted! His expertise and knowledge, paired with being well spoken made for the perfect ceremony. He worked with exactly what we wanted and didn’t want in the ceremony. I highly recommend his services!