Celebrant Service

I am a celebrant registered with the NZ Government department of Births, Deaths and Marriages and I love officiating at weddings! One of the most important days of your life and you want someone who is passionate about what they do.

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

Ceremonies include;

Weddings / Marriage

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.

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 20km of Hewitts Homestead for your Ceremony

Weddings between – 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023 – $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 to a bespoke ceremony or you are looking for elopement, please click here.

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

Other marriage ceremonies; Elopement, Registry style and One Hour specials 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

Yes, I marry anyone who is wanting to get married, whatever your sexual preference. You don’t need to ask…


Personal Note; I have been married to Phil for over 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 30 plus 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 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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