Marriage & Civil Union Celebrant
Welcome, I’m Sarah Valentine, I am a wedding celebrant based in Titirangi, Auckland.
Originally from England, I moved to New Zealand in 1998. Over the last 30 years I have match-made around 20 people as couples, many of whom have since asked me to marry them. So now I share the joy of marrying friends, as well as clients who book me.
My style is professional, fun and creative and it is always a pleasure to witness so many happy couples begin their married life together. My goal is ensuring that your wedding ceremony is something very special and memorable.
Below is a guide to starting your wedding or civil union planning.
Find a Celebrant
Check out a few celebrants and find the one you really like. You need to have a connection with this person, as they’re going to share in one of the most special days of your life. A last minute change of celebrant is not ideal.
Apply for your Marriage Licence
You can now apply for your marriage licence online if you normally live in NZ or will arrive more than 3 working days before you get married. You can apply up to 3 months before the date of your wedding ceremony. A NZ marriage licence costs $150.
Define your Wedding Style
Decide on what kind of wedding you both want. From small and intimate to all the ‘bells and whistles”. A wedding style is a necessary part of wedding planning because it helps you to define all other elements of your wedding- venue, decor, type of reception, and so on.
Choose your Wedding Venue
There are a plenty of different venue possibilities for your wedding. Perhaps you prefer a small and intimate wedding, maybe a boutique vineyard or a lonely beach is the right one for you. However, if you plan a big celebration with a large number of family and friends, one of the amazing luxury lodges in New Zealand could be the ideal venue for you. Whatever your wedding plans in New Zealand look like, they will definitely be memorable.
Finalise your Guest List
Establish how many people you’d like to invite, how many you anticipate will attend the ceremony and the numbers you expect to have at your wedding breakfast. Provision should also be made for the after party (if you intend having one).
Choose Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Pick your head bridesmaid and your head groomsmen (pick people who will want to help and who are organised!)
This is just a small start, but it gives you some ideas.
Sarah Valentine, Wedding Celebrant
PO Box 151070, New Lynn, Auckland 0640
CALL: 021 825368