Marriages, civil unions, naming ceremonies and funerals in the lower North Island, including Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa.
Marriages & civil unions
Whether it’s a marriage ceremony or a civil union, this major step in your lives is one that you’ll want to cement and celebrate in the most fitting manner. It will be witnessed and celebrated with family/whanau and friends.
As marriage celebrant, I’ll be your ceremony partner and will conduct the ceremony to meet your unique requirements and expectations. Together we’ll tailor this part of your special day, ensuring it meets the legal requirements, and we may even have some fun on the day!
Before we get started I recommend you take a look at the Department of Internal Affairs’ marriage and civil union pages. These outline the various legal requirements for getting married in New Zealand and also have a useful set of frequently asked questions.
There’s a growing trend among parents when celebrating the birth of their child to use an alternative to the traditional Church Christening.
A naming ceremony is the event at which an infant, or child is ‘unofficially’ given their name/s. It’s a secular (non-religious) ceremony. Rather than giving the child the traditional ‘God Parent’, they are given a ‘Guiding Adult/Mentor’. Naming ceremonies are not legally binding and do not carry any legal status. You are still obliged under New Zealand law to register the birth of the child.
I’ll help you structure this special event and provide MC duties on the day. These events do not usually run for more than twenty to thirty minutes, and will normally cover some of the following:
- A few words about why this name/s has been chosen for the child;
- Why this person has been chosen as your child’s supporting adult;
- The supporting adult will make a promise to be there for the child throughout their life in whatever capacity is needed;
- Someone may read a poem, or sing a song that is special;
- You will be called upon as the parent/s to state your love and commitment to the child and declare hopes for their future.
You may also want to consider having background music playing quietly during the ceremony. I’ll present you with a record of the naming ceremony as a token of the day.
Funerals & memorials
A funeral ceremony is your special time for reflecting on, respecting and celebrating the life of a dear one who has passed on. It also provides an opportunity for people to gather to offer support and comfort to those who are left behind.
You will have your own special requirements for this ceremony – these could be based on culture, or religion, or traditional family practices. This ceremony may even be a memorial service, but whatever you choose, I’ll help you to structure the time so that it offers the opportunity offer up words and express grief, which may also be shared among the family and friends.
Those special words from the day will be remembered into the future. It’s important for the whanau and friends to provide their tributes, in order for the deceased to be remembered and celebrated in your unique way.
Your event may also include a picture and music tribute, and although it will not take away your sorrow, it should be the bridge to the next stage of your grieving.