As Kiwi’s we have very few official Ceremony’s in our lives but we are fabulous at gathering family and friends together for a feast.
Planning and preparing your wedding day can be stressful and the ceremony can be an afterthought, even though you are aware of how important the ceremony and the vows are. Just finding time to concentrate on personalising your service can add more pressure. That’s where I come in.
You have a unique love story and I will write a ceremony that is scrumptious and ‘just what you wanted’. I will listen and give you options. Rhubarb or just plain custard, we all have different tastes but everything coes with a Cherry on the top!
You have already done the hard part—how wonderful you found each other.
Studied at Mary Hancock Celebrant School
Background in arts, theatre,
Manager at Grey Lynn Community Centre
How much do you charge?
My standard fee is $600. Extra cost can arise from travel outside of Auckland, city parking water taxi etc
First meeting is obligation free, come and meet me
There is a $200 deposit required on booking
What will I get?
Two face-to-face meetings and one rehearsal before the big day.
As much phone and email contact as you like. There is usually a bit of back and forth
I can arrange:
Portable pa system. Music can be played from a cd or you can connect an iPod. Charge $100
A table and chair for the signing of the Marriage Certificates.
Where do I go to get a marriage Licence?
Department of internal affairs
- You will need the Full name of your Registered Celebrant
- Address and date of Wedding
- If either of you have been previously married you must produce your Divorce Decree
- Absolute papers and/or if either of your spouses are deceased, you will need to produce the Death Certificate.
It normally takes two weeks to receive your papers so don’t leave it to the last minute.
What are the legal requirements on the day?
On the day of your marriage you must have 2 witnesses over the age of 18 years to sign the marriage certificate.
The Bride must sign all documents in her maiden name, you are not legally married until the paperwork has been lodged with Births Deaths and Marriages.
Council approval may be required for public venues.
Always leave plenty of time to get to the ceremony. Whilst it is fashionable for the bride to late, any more than 15 mins can compromise the flow of the wedding.
Remember to check with venues about their policy on throwing confetti, many prefer rice to be thrown (much easier to clean up).
Always have a plan B ready in case of poor weather.