What is a Marriage Celebrant?
A celebrant is a person appointed by the Registrar-General to officiate marriages. Without a marriage celebrant, you cannot become legally married.
In New Zealand, it is not compulsory to train and gain the necessary skills. Make sure you feel comfortable with your choice and the celebrant has that “fit” with your special occasion. A celebrant’s fee is separate to the $150 for the two copies of your marriage licence you need to apply for (correct as at June 2018). You then purchase a full certified copy at $33 after the ceremony.
You can now apply for your marriage licences online!
Not only have I been trained by one of the best veteran celebrants in New Zealand (she has performed over 700 weddings alone and not counting her funeral services), but I come with:
- a strong background in the entertainment industry
- multi cultural; mindful and respectful of your ethnic, religious or cultural needs
- relevant life experiences, allowing me to cope with funerals and wedding preparation “on the fly”
- transferrable business skills spanning 26 years (9 years self-employed)
- good intentions in caring for your needs
- have that “can do” pro active attitude
- work well under pressure
- flexible in travelling to your special occasion (have done weddings all over Auckland and Waiheke Island)
- young at heart and great sense of humour (when required)
- very professional and bubbly personality.
What do I include in my services?
- Initial face to face meeting and rehearsal time (at least two appointments).
- Resource materials including samples of any readings, vows etc.
- Preparation and planning of your personalised wedding ceremony including any re-writes.
- Available by phone, skype and email to answer questions, provide support and guidance.
- My travel to and from the venue.
- Attempt to intro in maori, tongan or samoan if required.
- Wedding rehearsal and meetings prior to the big day.
- On the day, I like to arrive approximately 15-30 minutes prior to do final checks and ensure everything is in order.
- Lodgement of your paperwork with the Registrar of Marriages, Births, Deaths and Marriages straight after your ceremony.
- Your Marriage Licence and a copy of your ceremony.
- OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Wedding Arch (themed to match), table and chair for signing, wireless portable PA system
Handy Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are we allowed to write our own legal vows?
A. The NZ Marriage Act 1955 says that the following words or words to that effect must be spoken – “I PERSON ‘A’ TAKE YOU PERSON ‘B’ to be my lawful wedded husband/wife”. Writing your own Vows can be made personal to you both. As long these words are incorporated somewhere, then you’re fine!
Q. Is a rehearsal necessary?
A. It is not compulsory or crucial but would help calm the nerves, understanding what you are expecting on the day. When it comes to your big day, I will get there approximately 30 minutes early and will assist you and your bridle party into their positions.
Q. Do I have to put down two venues on the marriage application?
A. Yes. When applying you are given two options of venue (in case of bad weather if you’re intending to have your ceremony outside). Ensure you disclose the ‘back-up’ venue as your Plan B due to terrible weather. If you are intending the reception venue to be your ‘back up’ wet weather ceremony venue.
If you’ve changed the venue after your Marriage Licence has been issued, you must advise the Registry Office from which your licence was obtained so you can have it reissued with the new venue before the wedding. I can do this for you and add as a covering letter when I post in the copy of your signed Marriage Licence.
Q. Who collects the Marriage Licence from the BDM office?
A. It is all done online now so no need to worry about going into the office.
At the conclusion of the ceremony you will be handed a signed copy of one of the ‘Copy of Particulars of Marriage’ (BDM 45A) (your copy of the ‘Marriage Licence’). The other copy is returned to the issuing Registrar by your Marriage Celebrant. With this signed document your marriage is legally registered in New Zealand and it enables either the ‘Bride or the Groom’, to take the other’s name.
Be assured, I am also registered with CANZ (Celebrant Association of New Zealand) with the focus of being ethical in keeping the celebrant industry professional, ongoing upskilling and focussing on my reputation in the community.
VENUES I’VE DONE WEDDINGS
- Allely Estate. 393 SH 16, Kumeu 0892 –
- Level 6. 2-8 Chancery Chambers, Chancery Court – (Courtney and Conrad)
- Ascension Wine Estate. 480 Matakana Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985 – (Mohammad and Mahsa)
- Band Rotunda. Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill, Auckland – (Roxie and John)
- Botanical Gardens. 102 Hill Rd, The Gardens, Auckland 2105 – (Katrina and James, Jackie and Aji, Hana and Chheang, Raymond and Moe)
- Cable Bay Vineyards. 12 Nick Johnstone Dr, Oneroa, Auckland 1840 – (Wendy and Doug)
- Cassels. 1012 Scenic Drive, Swanson, Auckland 0614 – (Astra and Sam)
- Castaways Resort. 685 Karioitahi Rd, Waiuku 2683 – (Kefu and Chao)
- Cheltenham Beach, Devonport – (Petra and Vanja)
- Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier. 528 Point Chevalier Rd, Point Chev, Auckland 1022 – overlooking the water – (Paulette and Derek)
- Fairway Conference Centre. 17A Silverfield, Wairau Valley, Auckland – (Heather and Josh)
- Fickling Convention Centre. Three Kings, Auckland 1041 – (Nilesh and Karishma)
- Five Knots, Tamaki Yacht Club. 30 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay – (Kate and Malcolm)
- Flagship Marina Resturant. 15 Clearwater Cove, Westpark Marina, Auckland.
- Gracehill Vineyard. 34 Pomona Rd, Kumeu, Auckland 0891 – (Harley and Haley)
- Highwic House. 40 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland – (Ben and Kate)
- Kauri Bay Boomrock. 777 Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd, Clevedon, Auckland 2585 – (Kahurangi and Tame)
- Kauri Steps. One Tree Hill, Auckland – (Billy and Fa)
- Landsendt Tropical Weddings. 108 Parker Rd, Oratia, Auckland 0604 – (Lisa and Elder)
- Murphys Bush Scenic Reserve. 60 Murphy’s Road, Flat Bush, Auckland – (Rongo and Louise)
- Markovina. 84 Old Railway Rd, Auckland 0892 – (Danny and Danielle, Krystina and Marty, Candace and Billy)
- Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall. 13 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland – (Geralyn and Umed)
- Narrow Neck Beach Reserve (by Wakatere Boat Club, Devonport). Narrow Neck Beach, Auckland 0624 – (Chloe and Mikey)
- Orakei Bay. 231 Orakei Rd, Remuera, Auckland 1050 – (Rob and Jess)
- Quinton Park, Bayswater, Auckland. Little reserve area and reception at VR Hotel, Takapuna next door – (Lynal and Allen)
- Royal Oak Bowling club venue and ceremony Jellicoe Park, Onehunga – (Stanley and Quiana)
- Rydges Hotel. 59 Federal Street, Auckland – rooftop wedding – (Carol and Jai)
- Soljans Estate Winery. 366 SH 16, Kumeu, Auckland 0841 – (Mykhail and Tung)
- Sorrento in the Park. 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland – (Vika and Tyron)
- Spencer on Byron. 9-17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 0622 – (Mike and Mavel)
- Top of North Head, Devonport, Auckland – (Charlie and Nat)
- The Ambers. 146 Pine Valley Rd, Auckland 0992 – (Tri and Holli)
- The Garden Shed. 470 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024 – (Donna-Marie and Aaron)
- The Pah Homestead. 72 Pah Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland – (Andy and Nene)
- Tribeca Restaurant and Courtyard. 8 George St, Parnell, Auckland 1023 – (Desiree and Junior)
- West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House. 73 Parker Ave, New Lynn, Auckland 0600 (Lauren and Eric)
A few weddings were also performed at my wedding venue in Hillsborough. My others weddings were officiated at the couple’s homes
Other venues used for weddings:
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