I am an Independent Marriage Celebrant based in Wellington. This means I am registered with the NZ government as a marriage celebrant, and able to perform weddings and civil unions in New Zealand, but as an independent I am not affiliated with any particular religious group. While I am based in Wellington I can travel anywhere in NZ for your wedding.
I became a celebrant because some friends asked me to do a ceremony for them. Doing it was great fun, and more people have asked me to do weddings, so I’ll keep doing them.
Your wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life. Your wedding should be memorable.
But, to be honest, I barely remember many of the wedding ceremonies I have been to. The ceremonies themselves were sort of pleasant, and what you would expect, with the usual sort of platitudes, and officiated over by a nice enough lady in their fifties.
I think we can do way better than that!
If you want a completely traditional church wedding there are plenty of people to do traditional church weddings. I have no idea how those work.
The thing is, from a legal point of view, in order to get married all you have to do is get a marriage licence, say a couple of lines, with witnesses and celebrant present, fill out the paperwork, and you are married. Beyond that, a wedding or civil union ceremony or service can be absolutely anything you want. Neat, eh?
So, what do you want your wedding to be? Let’s make it that! I have no preconceptions or agenda. Let’s make it fun, easy, and a deeply authentic expression of who you are. What does getting married mean to you? What does this commitment represent to you? Let’s find out, and make a ceremony which captures that.
Let me say it again. Your wedding is supposed to be the best day of your life. Your wedding ceremony should be a wonderful expression of your coming together as two unique personalities into a unique love. It should also be stress free, smooth and professional – you should have total confidence that your ceremony is going to be special and go off without a hitch. I can help with all of that.
Who am I, and why am I a great marriage celebrant?
I am mature, calm, easy-going, and creative. As a life coach, I am used to talking to people, listening and asking questions to discover who they are deep down and what is really going on for them, and helping them make their lives more awesome.
I am a writer. I will work with you to craft an awesome unique ceremony that expresses who you are, and what this joining together means to you.
I have designed performance art ceremonies and run them at arts festivals.
Here is a photo from one. (Your wedding probably won’t look like this!)
For five years I was a vocalist in a band. I’m an introvert but if required I can turn it on and put on a show, so to speak. I have done numerous public talks.
And I am regarded by my community as a wee bit wise and maybe even spiritual.
All of the above is why I was asked to be a celebrant at my first wedding.
All these skills combine to help me get to know you rapidly, and design a ceremony that expresses who you are and what you want your wedding to be. It can be as creative and wild as you like. Or it can be completely simple and straightforward, just well crafted and well worded. The point is it can be whatever you want it to be, and I can help you make it that.
But hey. Why not ask folks who I have done ceremonies for? Here are some testimonials.
Wendy and Joel
We wanted a non-traditional and low key wedding and didn’t really know how to go about creating the ceremony – Billy came to our house and talked through the aspects of the ceremony, then asked us questions about our relationship, our history, our friends, and what we wanted our wedding to celebrate. This helped us crystallise the type of ceremony we wanted, and he then wrote a draft ceremony tailored to our specific situation and pitched to the atmosphere we wanted to create. It says a lot about his astuteness and ritual creation skills that he got it right first time!
Before the wedding he provided us with all the information we needed to obtain our licence and sort the official stuff, and basically led us through the process. It was all no-fuss and helped a lot to reduce stress in the lead-up. On the day he was well prepared and conducted the ceremony smoothly and with confidence and humour.
I would not hesitate to recommend Billy as a celebrant and more importantly as a creator of ceremonies and guide to achieving the right tone and atmosphere for your special day.
Jack and Silvia
We were after an easy, intimate and rustic wedding on the farm and Billy got what we wanted immediately. We met twice for a couple of brief interviews and had a couple of emails, and that was it – almost like Billy was reading your mind! Very talented at summarising relationships and charging them with a captivating image or narrative. Extremely easy to deal with. Knows the process inside out and all the legal bits just in case you have any custom requests. Highly recommend contacting Billy for your custom wedding if you care about a truly unique wedding experience!
Rowan and Amanda
Billy was our celebrant and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to be such an important part of our day. He was super attentive, created a unique and very much so ‘us’ speech and was very friendly while giving out some important info before and after the ceremony itself. We couldn’t recommend him more!
We had a wonderful day that was not only special but also personal as Billy told a story of our partnership, bringing a level of understanding to that most important of moments.
How does it work?
1. Initial no obligation half hour consultation. Let’s see if I am the right person for your ceremony. We talk through the process and agree on a fee. (The Citizens Advice Bureau has advice about fees, which vary – basically it depends on exactly what you want done and how. More goes into it than just turning up on the day. A good ballpark estimate is $400-500.)
2. You get a marriage licence, listing me as your celebrant. You set a date, and arrange the rest of the wedding.
2. We have a meeting or two, I get to know you both, discover what kind of ceremony you want, and unearth what I need to know from you to create that ceremony.
3. I write and design the ceremony, send it to you for feedback, and make any tweaks as required.
4. I am potentially available for a wedding rehearsal on request.
5. We all turn up on the day, do a great ceremony, sign the legal paperwork, I file the paperwork, and you’re married!
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk about how to make an amazing wedding day.