Celebrant Service

I am a celebrant registered with the NZ Government department of Births, Deaths and Marriages and also a validated member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (VCANZ). (and I love officiating at weddings!)

Only Validated Members are authorised to perform Registry Weddings.

Please make contact through this website or email Vanessa@HewittsHomestead.com

Ceremonies include;

Weddings (including Registry)

House Blessings

Baby Naming

Wedding Vow Renewal

Animal Funeral

 I am often described as having a relaxed nature and warm personality that keeps people at ease and relaxed on their big day.   I have performed traditional weddings and not so traditional weddings.  As long as its two people in love I’m your celebrant!

I am happy to conduct your ceremony your way, whatever you choose it will be the right way for you.

The day should reflect your wants and needs, I will take care of the legal side and you do the rest!

Full Celebrant service includes;

Introductory meeting Free of Charge at Hewitts Homestead 

or your home or a Palmerston North venue

Help with writing your vows

Ideas for the structure of your ceremony

Inspiration for rituals in your ceremony

Writing your ceremony

Second meeting to go through your ceremony (if needed)

Rehearsal ceremony at your chosen venue (within 25km of HH)

A qualified and registered celebrant to perform the legal ceremony on your chosen day

Ensuring your ceremony is as stress free as possible

Includes travel within 25km of Hewitts Homestead for your Ceremony

Weddings between – 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 – $450

If either member of the bridal couple has a terminal illness or if you are a couple that is suffering financial hardship and really want to get married I offer you a simple ceremony for a koha.

For an alternative option if you are looking for elopement, or an official registry style ceremony please click here.
For a smaller (non bespoke) intimate ceremony at your choice of venue please scroll down.

Need a cheaper option?

For $300 I offer a shorter, non bespoke, ceremony service;

This price includes;

A qualified and registered celebrant for one hour on your wedding day.

Embellishment on your signing table (table cloth, flowers, decorations)

Help with planning the ceremony and the legalities surrounding that.

Set ceremony structure, with the addition of;

  • a section on what you love about each other
  • ability to add in your own vows 
  • vows printed for you and easy to read
  • have readings or poems read by someone in the family

This does not include;

  • a fully personalised ceremony
  • no full love story as with the full service
  • a rehearsal. (or pay $30 extra for a rehearsal within 25km of HH)
  • your marriage licence
  • Extra travel arrangements

Have questions? Contact me Vanessa@HewittsHomestead.com or book a meeting via Facebook

Other marriage ceremonies; Elopement, Official Registry (and Registry style) ceremonies please click here.


Click below to see how to apply for your marriage licence

The Application Process 

Click here to go to the NZ govt website ‘How to Get Married in New Zealand step by step’ or here if you would like to apply now

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Personal Note; I have been married to Phil for almost 30 years.  Marriage isn’t easy.  It’s not about you or them.  It’s about the partnership, how you co-operate.  It’s about the give and take.  The crying and laughing together.  The support; physical, emotional and spiritual.  It’s about loving each other unreservedly.

Phil is my rock, my soul mate and my friend.  Life with him has been full of laughs,  and sometimes tears, one thing I can be certain of; his commitment to me and our marriage.  When I look back on the (almost) 30 years that we have been married, and the few years before that, I can’t believe how much we have been through together, grown together and loved together.

When I write your vows and your ceremony, I do so from a personal perspective.   Understanding your needs and your wants is important.  Your ceremony is individual to you, just like your wedding and your marriage will be.  I wish you good luck and lots of love on the road ahead.  Don’t forget, you are in this together.

Ngā mihi nui

Vanessa xx

Contact me now to book in


“Thank you so much for the beautiful and elegant garden ceremony you put together at such short notice (at Hewitts Homestead). We could not have wished for a more perfect day to celebrate our love and commitment. It was exactly what we were after and you captured our requests on point. We had so many lovely comments afterwards! Thank you again. Dougie and Shaan Dorrian.”

Romantic Orlando Country Club couple review: “We had a great day and it went exactly how we wanted it too. Thank you for being part of our special day, the ceremony was beautiful! Thanks again for being our celebrant, we had a lot of people comment on how nice the ceremony was. ” M & J, Photo credit; Nathan Thompson

“Huge thank-you to Vanessa Taylor for creating such a lovely service and making our big day even possible. I put Vanessa on the spot and asked her Monday morning if she’d be our celebrant for our wedding that coming Saturday. Not only did she say yes, but she went above and beyond to make such a special occasion happen. Married April 20th 2019 at her lovely Homestead. It was perfect! Many thanks, from one very happy Bride.”  Tyla & Dylan

“Vanessa was brilliant, she made us feel so comfortable on our day. She communicated with us very well beforehand and made sure that the ceremony went very smoothly.
Definitely would recommend. ” Mr & Mrs McD









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