Whether you are planning a naming ceremony for your baby, marrying your soul mate or renewing vows after many happy years together, all of these life celebrations are filled with fun, excitement, tears of joy, laughter and, of course, lifelong memories and your choice of Celebrant is one of the most significant decisions you can make with regard to your celebration, whatever it may be.
If you are getting married, it is the Celebrant who actually marries you to each other, and who starts you out on your journey as a married couple. Much attention needs to be given to your marriage ceremony….you may want a contemporary one, or more traditional; simple and relaxed or detailed and eventful. Every couple has their own special uniqueness and every couple wants the day to be perfect, without any unwanted surprises marring what must be one of the best days of your life.
As your Celebrant it is my role to help and guide you from our first meeting, putting details in place and preparing to create the perfect ceremony for your special day. It is my desire to put you at ease and encourage you to place your trust in me so you can both relax and enjoy your marriage ceremony.
Same Sex Weddings: On 17 April 2013 the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was passed in New Zealand allowing same sex and transgendered couples to marry and it is with great pleasure that I am able to offer this service.
As I choose to only perform one wedding ceremony per day, you will have my full commitment and attention on your wedding day. Other ceremonies I perform are:
Baby Naming: This is a beautiful way to officially welcome your child into your family and to honour the name you have given them. These often take place in the home surrounded by those who are important to you and your child. There are no set rules for a naming ceremony and we work together to tailor something completely unique and meaningful to your family.
Vow Renewals: You may choose to renew your vows anywhere from your first year of marriage to your fiftieth year. Vow renewals are a wonderful way to honour your partner and revisit and acknowledge the appreciation you have for one another and your ongoing journey together as a couple. Vow renewals can take any form from just the two of you to children and close friends. As your celebrant, I work with you to help you help create an occasion with memories to last forever.
You're getting wed - so where to from here?
There is so much to do and choosing your dream celebrant is just one of many jobs. Firstly you'll want to meet me. There is no charge for our initial meeting, and of course no obligation. I am located in Central Otago, New Zealand but if you are planning your wedding from afar, let's have a Skype meeting!
At our first meeting we will talk about your ideas for your wedding and I will share what I can offer you also. The goal of our first meeting is primarily to establish whether we will work together to make your dreams come true on your big day.
Should you wish me to be your Celebrant you may book me at this time with a non-refundable deposit of NZ$200 which will secure your date with me. Please be mindful that only a formal booking with paid deposit secures your date. If you wish to pay in full at this time you are most welcome otherwise final balance is due on or before your rehearsal.
From here I will provide you with resources to guide you through the process. This includes everything from how to apply for the paperwork, the legal forms and costs, right through to samples of vows, poems, and ceremony structures and more.
Every couple has their own love story and together we'll weave yours into the ceremony of your dreams to reflect the unique love you have for one another. I will stay in touch with you in the lead up to your wedding to ensure we have everything on track for a wonderful day.
Rehearsal Your rehearsal should take place as close to the ceremony date and time as possible with all the key people involved. This is an opportunity to iron out any issues that could arise on your big day and resolve these. It also allays any fears and anxieties and allows all of the attendees to feel relaxed and confident ensuring your wedding day runs with ease and grace.
The Ceremony All of our preparation leading up to this point ensures your day runs as you dreamed it would and you and your partner can relax and enjoy.
Why Live Love Wed?
Why LiveLoveWed? I wanted to combine my zest for living with the love I have for performing my role as a Celebrant. As well as that I wanted to encapsulate all aspects of what I do in one place, and that is celebrating life, love and marriage. I guess you could say this is an extension of who I am!
I have an increasing amount of couples from overseas or outside of Central Otago choosing our stunning location to be wed, so as well as talking about what I do as a Celebrant, LiveLoveWed provides somewhere to come and get ideas and recommendations for other wedding neccessities in our region.
LIVE life to the fullest, LOVE with all your heart, WEDfabulously x