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!)

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Only Validated Members are authorised to perform Registry Weddings.

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

Second meeting to go through your plan (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 – 1 May 2019 to 29 February 2020 – $400

Weddings between – 1 March 2020 to 1 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, or an official registry style ceremony please click here.
For a smaller (non bespoke) intimate ceremony at Hewitts Homestead or your choice of venue please scroll down.

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.

Need a cheaper option?

For $250 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 $25 extra for a rehearsal within 25km of HH)
  • your marriage licence
  • Extra travel arrangements

Have questions? Contact me celebrantmanawatu@gmail.com or book a meeting via Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/CelebrantManawatu/

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 28 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

Vanessa xx

Testimonials

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

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