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!)


Please make contact through this website or email celebrantmanawatu@gmail.com

Ceremonies include;

Weddings (including Registry style)

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, Vanessa will take care of the legal side and you do the rest!

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 plan

Second meeting to go through your plan (if needed)

Rehearsal ceremony at your chosen venue

Perform legal ceremony (weddings) on your chosen day

Ensuring your ceremony is as stress free as possible

Includes travel within 25km of Palmerston North for Ceremony

Fee $350, (fixed until 30 April 2019) 

Weddings between – 1 May 2019 to 31 March 2020 – $400

Weddings between – 1 April 2020 to 30 March 2021 – $450 ($50 discount if booked 12 months in advance)

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, an official registry style ceremony or a small intimate ceremony please click here.

Click below to complete a booking form


and return to celebrantmanawatu@gmail.com

Please note that your date is not confirmed until the booking form has been received and a deposit paid. *proof required

April Offer:

I would like to help out a couple in need (financial hardship/medical needs or similar). If you know someone who is having a small wedding in 2019 – less than 10 people please nominate them for a free wedding venue (ceremony only) and celebrant at 50% normal price. Click on the facebook link below and add details to the post.


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 27 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 and emotional.  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 27 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



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

“Vanessa recently blessed our new house for us.  She had a really positive energy and spiritual connection to our little piece of Aotearoa.  I cannot recommend Vanessa highly enough because she understood what we wanted in a house blessing and was able to translate that into a ceremony.”  Michael R









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