Everyone is different and luckily there are options out there to suit us all! So as you search for a celebrant to conduct your wedding, it's good to figure out what vibe you are wanting to bring to your day. There are celebrants who feel like wise Great-Aunts or your favourite Primary School Principals, there are spiritual celebrants, bilingual celebrants, DJs & Comedians moonlighting as celebrants, celebrity celebrants, heavy metal celebrants and more!
So what kind am I?
I'm the celebrant who hopes to feel like a friend... a friend who just happens to also be a kick-ass wedding celebrant.
If that sounds like what you might be after, then you're in the right place.
If I were planning my wedding now, I’d be asking one of my celebrant friends to conduct my ceremony to give it that warm, personal touch. But if you don’t have that option, you may choose a celebrant who feels like a friend. I hope I can be that for you!
I have been a professional celebrant since 2010 and have conducted 600+ weddings in this time. I am younger than some but with years of experience, am well-presented, a great listener, and always positive.
If you think about it, getting married is an odd experience. You're all dressed up, looking better than ever, all of the most important people in your life are there and they are all watching and listening intently as you express things to each other that you usually only say in private. I've attended weddings as a guest where the whole ceremony felt far too... ceremonial! As if they were taking part in something "other", that didn't feel personal at all, like pawns in a ritual their names were simply pasted into.
My objective is to take away the "other" feeling; to create a celebration that is relaxed and represents your energy and your unique relationship. To create an experience that feels comfortable, joyful and completely you, so you can feel present, have a great time and just enjoy the ride!
I'm happy to meet with you and your partner, to listen to your story, show you previous ceremonies I have written, to discuss your individual requirements and to see how the three of us click.
My style is a modern, relaxed ceremony with a few laughs if appropriate. Light without losing the significance of the day. I am secular, so the ceremony scripts I write do not have religious content but you are welcome to include any personal beliefs within your own vows or guest readings.
Once booked, I will then work with you to write a unique wedding ceremony that reflects your relationship and focuses on the tone/sentiment that is important to you.
When your guests offer compliments after the ceremony and ask me how many years I have known you - that’s how I know I’ve truly succeeded. That's my favourite part.
The most popular service I offer are bespoke ceremonies written especially for you. I can also adjust the style of address to suit elopements or super intimate weddings.
If you're just after something cheap, quick and cheerful, I can also offer a pre-written template ceremony. They are not customised but offer the ease and simplicity of a registry wedding but with language that is warmer and more romantic - because even if you "just want it done", you may as well do it with love, not just legals.
We simply can't recommend Yvette enough; words just don't allow! From the first moment we met Yvette, it felt absolutely right.
She was everything we had hoped for and wanted in our Celebrant; warm, kind, humorous and personal.
We received so many comments following our ceremony on just how special and personalised her words were. We felt she truly understood us as individuals and as a couple. Her ability to get on par with your relationship to gain a genuine understanding and highlight how different and unique you are from the couple before and the couple that will come next is an admirable talent!
Undoubtedly people assume we've been connected for years; we wish we had! A great professional and overall down-to-earth person.
Yvette, thank you so very much for making our ceremony one we'll never forget!
Luke & Michael X
Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you!
We loved our ceremony, all felt very special, can't believe how much I cried!
We've had so many compliments from guests too, saying how unique and lovely the ceremony was, and how charming you were. Cam's Dad was particularly stoked with the words for his mum.
We had the most incredible day, thank you so much for helping us with the vows and for crafting a service that felt so personal,
Sorry I didn't get to say a proper goodbye/thank you on the day! All got a bit hectic, but I hope you got some cookies!
We would like to thank you again for being the most amazing celebrant. From the day we saw you at Chenny & Lily's wedding, we knew you were the one.
You made our wedding ceremony so special with your words and it touched all of our hearts. So many guests came back to us and commented on how amazing your speech was and how good you were at making them all cry :) Thanks again for making our day extra special!
Thank you for your part in what was a perfect day! We have had SO many people ask your details and comment on how personalized, funny and genuine you were at our wedding.
Thank you again, we couldn't rate you highly enough and so happy we found you to share our day with us. It was perfect.
Good luck with your little person on the way and we will be sure to pass on your details to all our friends who seem to be also getting married haha. Thanks again!
Kia ora Yvette,
I just wanted to take the time to thank you for being the celebrant for mine and Stephen's wedding.
We got many comments on how genuine our ceremony was, and it would not have been that with out you. The whole ceremony was incredibly special. We loved every minute. I especially enjoyed the switching sides of the wedding party. That was such a great moment for me to get the chance to see my bridesmaids again, and many in the wedding party said they enjoyed the opportunity to see the other persons (mine or Steve's) reactions during the ceremony. Also thank you for typing out our vows and adding them to our little collection of things. That was such a nice touch.
Yvette, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make our wedding day so special. We have had so many compliments and comments on our ceremony and on our amazing celebrant - you really were the perfect person for us.
Lots of people assumed we knew you and were friends (I know this is one of your measures of success, so NAILED IT!) and I've had lots of people ask how many times we met before the wedding because you were so bang on in your descriptions of us.
Also, you may have converted my cousin to the idea of love and long term commitment as she said to Tauvaga, "wow, so *that's* what being in love means".
Thank you once again for everything. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you.
Yvette is amazing. She gets to know you through meetings, but she is sneaky! You think you're just chatting and hanging out, but she is secretly gathering information and somehow manages to understand your relationship perfectly and write a ceremony that absolutely embodies you and your partner.
We cried when we read the ceremony Yvette wrote for us, it was exactly what we wanted and we hadn't even known it ourselves. It was the perfect mixture of heartwarming, humorous and personalised.
I couldn't tell you how many guests told us how awesome Yvette was and how they thought she must be a friend by the way she spoke. I know Yvette takes this is a high compliment - thank you so much, Yvette! We are so happy we found you xx
As a first step, let's make sure I'm available on your wedding day! Let me know your wedding date, wedding venue and approximate ceremony start time and I can check my availability and go from there.
I look forward to meeting you soon!