What’s a Registry Wedding… and What’s a Registry Alternative?

So a registry wedding used to mean you made an appointment and went to the courthouse and were married in a courthouse room by the duty registrar.  You could have some but not many witnesses and the words of your ceremony were non-negotiable. As of June this year Births Deaths Marriages has opted to discontinue…

Real Weddings: Natalie and Callum’s Rainy Day Wedding

Here’s the thing about Central Otago – it doesn’t rain often, but occasionally it does rain, and when you book your wedding in, you have no way of knowing if your chosen date will be one of Central Otago’s few rainy days or not. When the weather doesn’t play the game you have two choices….

Good News! It Just Got Super Easy To Get Your Marriage Licence!

Some days when you say ‘Good News!’ it’s like ‘hey, the milk hasn’t expired yet!’ and other times it’s proper real, good news… This time it’s proper real good news!  I got to tell a couple they didn’t have to (potentially) fly to England from Sweden to find a ‘representative of the Commonwealth’ (which nobody…

FAQ’s and My Two Cents: Getting and Signing Your Marriage Licence

Getting married isn’t like grabbing a coffee… most people don’t do it on a daily basis, in fact not usually more than once or twice, so yeah there will be FAQs. Today I’m going to answer some FAQs on getting and signing your marriage licence…  then I’m going to share my take on signing your…

Meet My Mate(s): Florists

Oh hi everyone, fancy seeing you here!  So I’ve written a little something about florists (and a bunch of other things, because would it really be me without a few tangents?!)  What I have to say partly comes from the ‘I’m a celebrant’ place and partly from the ‘I’ve been a bride’ place.  And from…

Meet My Mate: Dear Lissy Photography

I first met Lissy when she was the photographer for my cousin Tanya’s wedding.   I was the celebrant, she was the photographer so it was a rushed meeting in passing.   Then I met her again as Mum of a wee girl who went to the same Kindy as my wee girl. We said…

Real Weddings: Johanna and Wepiha’s Heliwedding

In January I ticked off a celebrant first.  A Heliwedding in stunning Queenstown! Johanna and Wepiha are a beautiful couple from Auckland.  They wanted an intimate family ceremony (that’s right Heliweddings aren’t strictly the domain of eloping couples) and boy did they get it.  11 guests – their closest family members – plus me (their…

Real Weddings: Amy and Cam

On January the 3rd this year, I married a couple who as soon as they said ‘I do’ climbed into a swing harness and jumped off a platform for a 60 metre freefall and 200 metre swing.  It’s not for everyone, but it was perfect for them! Amy and Cam met in Queenstown, they’d both…

Reboot: Why Weddings are Like Birthdays

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that this time last year I wrote a blog about my birthday/ why your wedding is (in many ways) like a birthday.  If you’ve followed me for a while I’m about to recycle a lot of what I wrote in that one – to save you…

Real Weddings: Josh and Rhyanon

  On January 6th the forecast in Queenstown was for an overcast, cold day, max 13 degrees… that’s not what Josh and Rhyanon got for their wedding day!   It was beautiful, and for these two I would have hoped for nothing less.  They describe themselves as both ‘old souls’ and ‘slightly polished bogans’… And…