The NUTS AND BOLTS…
Planning your special day should be fun so let’s kick it off by sharing some ideas over a coffee or a cold beer. Get in touch by phone or email with a few key details of your day (date, time and location) and we’ll go from there.
After our initial connection, we’ll start planning the details. From the length and general style of your ceremony, to the loved ones you want involved, and anything special you wish to do to celebrate your love. If you don’t know what you want – that’s fine – I’ll bring loads of ideas and we’ll find the perfect fit for you. Once we have the specifics sorted, I’ll prepare a draft ceremony for you to review.
In the lead-up to your wedding, I am happy to facilitate a rehearsal with the bridal party. This is a great opportunity to make any final tweaks to the proceedings and become familiar with the detail. This way, you’ll know what to expect, and it should also help with nerves on the day.
On your special day, I’ll make a point of being punctual and check in with you to ensure everything is in place so things run smoothly.
BUT what about…
What does a marriage celebrant do?
I’ll attend to all your legal paperwork, write your full ceremony, and legally solemnize your marriage on the day. With a knack for problem-solving I’ll also provide support to you and your bridal party wherever I’m needed.
How do I get a Marriage Licence?
The process can be completed online and is NZ$150 if you’re using a celebrant, or NZ$240 if you’re getting married at a registry office. It typically takes three days for a marriage certificate to be processed, however, I recommend that you allow up to 10 days. Once obtained, your licence will be valid for three months. I’m happy to provide further information to guide you through this process.
Can I get married in New Zealand if I am not a citizen?
Absolutely you can! And we can plan your wedding from anywhere in the world. All we need is good communication and a strong wi-fi connection.
How much is your fee?
My decision to become a marriage celebrant was based on a genuine interest in celebrating people and their love for life and each other. Therefore, I like to keep my fees affordable, and these start from NZ$250. If you are eloping or don’t think you can afford a celebrant, I’d still like to hear from you.
What am I legally bound to include in my ceremony?
Not much. Within the ceremony you are legally required to make a statement - including your full legal names - that explicitly shows your intent to be legally married. For example, “I Bradley Cooper, take you Jennifer Lawrence to legally be my wife.” Beyond this we can personalise your ceremony as much as you want.
Who can I include in my ceremony?
Anyone you like. I am happy to help provide ideas of how you might involve your bridal party or members of your family. I’ll include notes in the draft ceremony where planned (and unplanned!) involvement might be appropriate. During the rehearsal or immediately prior to the ceremony, I will check with each person to ensure they are confident with their role.
Where do I start with my vows?
For some couples this is a highlight, while for others it can be daunting. If you sit in the ‘daunted’ camp I will happily send across some resources and ideas to get you inspired. If you want to keep your vows a secret from each other but want to make sure they have a similar tone I am happy to check them over for you.