Weddings

The Big Day

Congratulations on embarking on this fantastic step in your future together. You’ve found each other, made a plan, maybe booked a venue and now seeking the right person to help you with your marriage ceremony.

Whether your wedding is large, intimate or somewhere in-between, traditional or non-conventional, themed or simple – it’s a wonderful celebration of love and friendship, a day to always remember with happiness.

Your love story is told in a unique way within a personalised ceremony woven in a tone that’s true to you and respectful of your style, taking you through the transition to married life in an atmosphere fuelled with joy and excitement. While the memory of the actual words may fade it’s the emotions they evoke and the memories that endure.

How do we begin?

First Contact

We identify what ceremony is wanted, the date, the venue and the time. Arrange a no – obligation meeting or a referral to one or more celebrant colleagues. Discussion of fees and payments occur once brief is clear.

Face to face meeting

We begin by meeting in person, or FaceTime/ Skype/ Whats App. You tell me about yourselves, your relationship and your vision for your wedding day including what you don’t want. While we get know to each other, I’ll explain the general outline of a ceremony, offer suggestions of how we can incorporate people and your ideas into your ceremony and go over the legal requirements. I require confirmation that I’m your celebrant within 7 days of meeting together with a non-refundable deposit.

Second meeting

This meeting is the major preparation stage of the ceremony providing collaboration of ideas, reflections and preliminary plans from the two of you and me following our first meeting. Provision of resource materials eg. readings, vows, etc.

Ceremony Design

Using the information from our second meeting and some questions I ask you to do together, I will weave your story, beliefs & values into a Draft ceremony. This will be emailed to you read, check, approve or edit so that you get exactly the ceremony that you both want and feel totally comfortable with. I’m available in person, by phone, email, or FaceTime/ Skype/ Whats App throughout this process.

Final meeting

This meeting is close to your wedding day providing an opportunity to personally reconnect, we go over all the relevant details of the day, including checking timings, fine tuning your ceremony if needed, finalising which family and friends are doing what, deciding if you want me to print out any words for you onto cards (eg your vows) and we talk about social media.

If you have your marriage license and papers I will keep these safely for you – one less thing for you to worry about on the day. Having this relaxed, private meeting means your rehearsal will flow much more smoothly.

Rehearsal

This is a fun important part of your ceremony planning. You get a feeling of how it will be on the day and can get over some of your nervousness and any worries.

While none of the ceremony words are spoken, I run through the choreography of the entire ceremony – how you will enter, where everyone will stand throughout the different parts of the ceremony, what happens during the signing and how you will walk out in celebration mode.

Hopefully your bridal party, or some of them are able to attend. Your MC, any readers and/or people with special tasks, your parents are all very welcome. Great for calming nerves, a fun time with everyone bonding before the actual day.

If you’re unable to hold your rehearsal at your venue, I can easily organise an alternative.

The Big Day

All that planning and today it all comes together making for one of the best days in your life together. I arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in with all the relevant people (venue manager, close family, MC readers, musicians, photographer) and the ceremony set up. Once the Groom and his team are standing up front I keep the Groom comfortable and relaxed. I deliver your ceremony in a warm, engaging manner to you both and your guests. I’m mindful of the Photographer and ensure magic moments are not missed or include people that shouldn’t be there.

Following the ceremony, I’ll seek you both out for a photo with me before I leave. Your Copy of the Particulars with be given to whoever you have designated for this important job and I will take a photo of the Copy of Particulars and email to the Registrar.

Lastly a copy of your ceremony will be posted to you both.

Please don’t hesitate to Contact me if you would like to know more.

Aotearoa Wedding

Travelling from overseas?

If you’re thinking of having your wedding in Aotearoa/ New Zealand on offer are many beautiful venues indoors and outdoors amongst our incredible scenery providing stunning settings for your ceremony and celebration. Whether it’s an intimate wedding or organising a “Return to NZ from overseas” wedding – I’m the celebrant for you.

How the planning works?

I’ll work with you as I do all couples with the only difference being our primary communication will be done through FaceTime/ Skype/ Whats App until you arrive in the country. While working with you to design a unique, personalised ceremony, I’ll also assist you with the legal requirements for getting married in New Zealand.

If you have no family or contacts here, I can arrange flowers, hairdresser, makeup artist, cake, suitable accommodation (for a small fee based on the amount of work required). I can also provide two witnesses (legal requirement) if your wedding is going to be a romantic affair for just the two of you. Alternatively, if a larger wedding, I can suggest a wedding planner too.

When you fly home, even if your name hasn’t changed on your passport, you’ll know that your “KIWI Wedding” was a fabulous start to your married life together.

Please don’t hesitate to Contact me if you would like to know more.

Elopement

Do you want to get married and are on a tight budget but want something more special and significant than a courthouse registry office wedding?

If this is you, or you need to get officially married now and are planning on having a wedding with family and friends later on, an intimate, simple but heartfelt ceremony may suit you.

I’m a full time celebrant and I’m able to offer registry/private elopement style ceremonies. I work to the same professional standard as for all my ceremonies but in this case without the extensive consultation beforehand. Your ceremony will be uniquely tailored to you both based on answers received from a brief questionnaire that I’ll email to you together with your specific requests. I’ll also guide you both through the legal requirements of a marriage.

This service is available within the Greater Auckland area and beyond.

Note: Travel outside the Greater Auckland area would incur a travel fee

Please don’t hesitate to Contact me if you would like to know more.