WHAT TO EXPECT
Every couple has their own unique and individual style and love story. Let's celebrate your love story, the way you want.
I'll be here to guide you through the legal requirements and what you 'must do' in the lead up to your wedding and on the day itself. Together we can come up with the best way to run your ceremony.
On the day, all you'll need to think about is getting married!
STEP ONE: LET'S TALK
To ensure we ‘click’ and before you sign on the dotted line, we need to make sure I’m the right fit to officiate on your special day. Once you make contact, we can arrange a time to chat to see how well we gel together. We can do this in person if you live in (or near) Wanaka, meet over Skype, or just via email - whatever suits you best.
STEP TWO: LOCK IT IN
With your wedding date and venue secured … and your big day just around the corner, this is a good time to lock me in as your wedding celebrant. A non-refundable deposit is required at this stage. Some people book in two weeks in advance, and others two years - there is no hard and fast rule (except obviously the earlier you book in, the more likely I am to have your date available).
STEP THREE: PAPERWORK
The marriage licence can be applied for up to three months before your wedding day. I can assist you in preparing this and help you with any questions you may have. The paperwork can be sent directly to me and I will make sure it is there on your wedding day!
STEP FOUR: CEREMONY STRUCTURE
A wedding ceremony can be as traditional or as unorthodox as you like – the choice is entirely yours. It’s important for us to work together on the structure and layout of your ceremony ahead of time, so that I can deliver a memorable and meaningful ceremony. It will be engaging, and reflect your love for one another. Usually, we will have a chat or two and I will get the chance to get to know your personalities and ask you a few questions (no scary ones!)… This give me the chance to be able to draft a ceremony for you, and we can make any changes together from there.
STEP FIVE: LET’S PRACTISE
Your wedding day is just one (or a few) sleep/s away! Let’s get together and have a rehearsal. Let’s get everyone who is involved in your ceremony and have a run through, so we can ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible. (This step is totally optional, and not necessary if you are eloping).
STEP SIX: TIME TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL
Your wedding day has finally arrived! I'll be onsite at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.. I will make sure everyone has found their seats, put their phones on silent and are ready to stand for the bride’s entrance, before guiding you through your wedding ceremony. I’ll be there after to say congratulations and, of course, take care of the necessary paperwork after the ceremony.