Weddings (and Civil Unions)

from $500 (+ travel)

I’m available across New Zealand to perform marriages (and civil unions), including for same sex couples, elopements and destination weddings.  From the moment you first contact me until the finishing touches unfold after the day itself, I will work closely with you to make you married in the most memorable and meaningful way.

My comprehensive service includes four in-person meetings as well as loads of wrap-around support along the way:

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  • A coffee catch up (first meeting): Newly engaged and looking for a celebrant? Long-time engaged and finally putting your plans into action? I offer a free, no-obligation first meeting at which you can tell me more about your wedding and your vision for the day. This enables me to better understand what you're looking for and you to get a feel for what I can offer and whether I am the right celebrant for you. 

  • Ceremony planning (second meeting): Once you've booked me for your day, we'll meet again to go through the nitty-gritty of your ideal ceremony, toss around lots of creative ideas and cover off the other essentials (including the legal requirements of getting married). 

  • An onsite rehearsal (third meeting): A flawless day doesn’t happen by accident. A rehearsal helps give you and your wedding party peace of mind, and enables everyone to visualize how things will unfold. I bring my sound gear and together we will review key ceremony components (such as entrances/exits, music, movement and wet weather plans) to ensure everything works seamlessly on the day itself.

  • Your wedding day (fourth meeting): It's here at last! And chances are, I'm almost as excited as you. So, I'll be there at least half an hour early, wearing an outfit we have agreed on together. After setting up the ceremony space and props (rings, paperwork, pens, sound gear etc), I will liaise with your other vendors and set a welcoming tone by mingling with your guests as they arrive.

  • Unlimited contact via email/phone throughout

  • The crafting of a bespoke and tailored ceremony: Whatever you're after, I work alongside you to craft a ceremony that really celebrates your day as you wish. All of the ceremonies I deliver are unique and yours will be written purposefully for you to ensure it is both heartfelt and memorable for yourselves and your guests.

  • Vow preparation: However you choose to deliver them and whatever you wish to say, I'm happy to help out with vows as much as you need. From examples to get you started to top tips for presenting, I'm there to make sure you ace them when that all-important moment arrives. 

  • Sound gear: Having perfected your ceremony, I want to make sure your guests hear and enjoy it. As such, I use my own wireless handheld microphone and sound system during the ceremony at no extra charge. You are also welcome to use this for your ceremony music (paired with your player via Bluetooth). 

  • Assistance with the legal requirements: I'll explain what is required every step of the way and return your legal paperwork to the Department of Internal Affairs afterwards. You'll most definitely be married by the time we're done.

  • An exclusive booking: I book only one ceremony per day so you have my full focus and your day is just that... YOUR day! 

I am also available as an MC for your reception and to help with speech crafting/coaching for those lucky guests who've been tasked with talking later in the day.

 © Katie Berry 2016