Celebrant for gay weddings
Hello and congratulations
on your exciting decision to get married.
At Everyday Life Celebrants I am all about celebrating life, and I do this no matter what your orientation. Gay marriages became legal in New Zealand in April 2013, a long overdue acknowledgment of the many kinds of relationships and families in our communities.
I believe you have the right to celebrate the love you have for one another in a formal way and to express it with family and friends at your UNIQUE ceremony.
I promise a ceremony that truly reflects your relationship and individual personalities. Together we will create a fun, fresh and meaningful ceremony that is truly your own.
WORKING WITH ME AS YOUR WEDDING CELEBRANT
Step 1: Contact Me:
We will check to see if I am available for your wedding date, and then we can set up an obligation-free meeting to see if I am the right celebrant for you.
Step 2: First Interview:
Step 3: Creative Design & Thinking Stage:
On the basis of our discussion/interview and any suggestions that have been given, I will research, explore and gather any resources and ideas.
Step 4: Second meeting:
This is where the ideas, reflections, and preliminary plans are shared. We meet and together we run through, in full detail, all aspects of the ceremony. The Order of the Ceremony, the exact wordings, readings, poetry, music, and clarifying who does and says what will be confirmed at this meeting. I will record in detail the exact words requested.
Step 5: Ceremony Crafting:
This is where I begin to create and weave your story and design your ceremony in full detail. I write an overview and order of events with your ceremony. I will be in contact regularly (via email) to ensure I have included all that we discussed in our second meeting.
Step 6: Confirmation of Your Ceremony Details:
Step 7: Wedding Rehearsal:
Your wedding party and anyone with a role in the ceremony should be present. However, often people are travelling great distances to share your special day with you, so that can't always be possible.
We'll run through the shape of the ceremony, rehearse the logistics of the ceremony and organise cues for musicians or guests with a speaking role.
It is also important for the audio person to attend so that we can check volumes and music cues.
Step 8: The Big Day:
I'll arrive an hour before the wedding is due to start. I will make sure everything is ready as planned. You will get married!
Step 9: Getting Certified:
After the ceremony, I will send all of the paperwork to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry nearest you and register your marriage.
You can then use the B45 A form (Copy of Particulars) to apply for your official Marriage Certificate, the details of which are on the reverse side of the Copy of particulars.
FEE FOR GAY CELEBRANT WEDDING
To help you mange your budget, I work on a rate of $60.00 per hour. Typically to plan, prepare, rehearse and officiate your ceremony ranges from 12 - 15 hours. However once we have a clear idea of what services you require, final fee is agreed.
My services include:
Providing all the legal documentation
Preparation and creation of a personalised ceremony that honours your stories and reflects your values and beliefs.
Two face-to-face meetings or where it is more practical, by Skype.
Meetings will be held at my home or an equally convenient location.
If you are an overseas couple we can meet via Skype and email.
The Wedding Rehearsal is essential to ensure the smooth running order of events on your special day.
Officiating at the ceremony on the day of your wedding.
The Formal Registration of your marriage with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The fee is inclusive of travel for any ceremony performed in Auckland Central or Blenheim/Picton. If I am required to travel to your ceremony outside the Auckland Central or the Blenheim/Picton, we will negotiate the travel fee before we confirm the booking.
Speech & Presentation Coaching
Refer to the page on Social Speeches
You may request additional special services in which case we will negotiate these at the time we confirm the booking.
Terms of Payment:
A 50% deposit is required 7 days after confirmation to secure your desired date and time.
Balance of Payment
The balance of total fee payable 14 days prior to your ceremony.
Forms of Payment
Fees can be paid by cash or electronic bank transfer.
Cancellations & Refunds
Any fees paid are non-refundable. Because your booking fee covers the administrative time and costs involved in the legal aspects of the ceremony.
If for any unforeseeable circumstance I am unable to officiate at your ceremony I will organise a replacement celebrant.
I respect your privacy and you can be assured that your personal details and your wedding arrangements are strictly confidential. Information is only disclosed to the authorities I am obliged to lodge forms with and report to.
I may ask permission to use your images and names for my personal online marketing (for example on my website or in social media) but you are under no obligation to agree.