My role is to create a memorable, bespoke ceremony for you. RESOURCES to help my couples with their ceremonies are at the bottom of this page – password protected.
MARRIAGE LICENCE: You can now apply for your marriage licence online (regardless of whether you are based in NZ or overseas).
You can apply up to 3 months before the date of your wedding ceremony.
A marriage licence costs $NZ150.
CLICK HERE to learn how to apply for your marriage licence.
The Process – What to Expect
I’ll meet with you, either in person or if you aren’t nearby, by skype or phone. I’ll then send you a list of questions for you to answer. I’ll also send you the password for you to look through a range of ideas for vows, readings, poems, traditions and rituals. Once I have all this information I craft a ceremony for you. We then go back and forth until you are 100% happy and you have the perfect ceremony. Some couple’s know exactly what they want (fantastic!), others don’t know where to start (that’s what I’m here for.)
I also guide you through the legal requirements of getting hitched in New Zealand.
A rehearsal ceremony is always a good idea and I happily work with you to make that happen.
On the day I’ll be there nice and early to make sure everything runs smoothly and you have a great start to the perfect day.
And in between, in the months and/or days leading up, I’m there 7 days a week to make sure all your questions are answered and fears put to rest.
I also work alongside some amazing people including Judy from Central Otago Country Weddings, Wendy and Dale from The Orchard Garden, Rachel from the Green Room Flower Company, Ruth from Fluidphoto and the ever lovely Sophie from Harmony Skin and Beauty. So if you want some personal recommendations on suppliers or great venues feel free to get in touch.
Below is an outline of a traditional western wedding – just to get you thinking – but remember, apart from a few legalities, there really are no rules anymore.
Arrival of the Couple (either individually or together)
Introductions and Welcomes
Reflections on partnerships, love and commitment.
The couple’s story
Incorporation of readings, poems, wedding rituals, cultural traditions
Intent Question (the “I do” or “I will” – the legal part)
Exchange of Rings or Tokens
Blessings or Prayers
Closing Words and Pronouncement
Signing of the licence (with two witnesses present)
Sealed with a Kiss!