I have been a marriage celebrant since 1996 and a civil union celebrant since 2005.
Since then I have officiated at hundreds of weddings and civil union ceremonies. I treat each ceremony as the unique celebration of two people’s loving relationship that it is. To my celebrancy I bring warmth and humour, a well-written ceremony delivered with style and ease, and a day that runs smoothly, relaxing even the most nervous couples.
My level of professionalism is high. In 2004, I was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. I have published two books widely used in ceremonies - Heartsongs: Readings for Weddings, and Lifesongs: Readings for Milestones. I often speak on aspects of professional development at celebrants' workshops and conferences. I am a proud member of the New Zealand Celebrants' Association (CANZ)
As well as weddings and civil unions, I also officiate at name giving ceremonies for children, and funerals.
As a marriage and civil union celebrant, I begin the process with a visit to the couple. Together we explore what it is they really want for their ceremony, as well as talking about themselves and their relationship. Then I write a special ceremony for them. I don’t have any formulated ceremonies, as I believe each couple and their relationship are unique.
I then send the first draft of the ceremony to them. They make any changes they wish, ensuring that they are happy with every word spoken. As well as this, I guide them through the legal process, and bring resources such as readings and examples of wedding vows.
Many of my couples are resident overseas. The getting-to-know-you process is then done by email, and/or Skype. This has proved just as effective in providing me with enough good material to write a very personal ceremony. I have included some of these couples' comments here here.
A day or two before the ceremony comes the rehearsal. I facilitate this, guiding the couple and other participants through the ceremony. Then on the big day, I ensure that everything the couple want in their ceremony is in place, and that it runs smoothly.
My level of presentation is high, with a warm delivery style and a clear, audible voice. Civil unions and weddings are all about love, of course, and also about commitment.
My commitment to each couple is to ensure that their ceremony reflects who they are and what they want to say – to their friends and families, and to each other.
Details about the legal side of civil unions and marriages can be found on Births, Deaths and Marriages web site.