An amazing celebrant is so crucial to your wedding. They set the tone for your whole day. You want a professional - someone with experience, organised, good communicator, is a lot of fun, and can help both of you navigate what can be a very overwhelming time.
I collaborate with you: from initial planning, meetings in between, and then on the day, working closely with you and all your wedding vendors to make sure it runs smoothly. Guests often tell me that I officiate the best wedding they've ever been to.
Weddings don't have to be stuffy and boring. Let's meet, and chat about how we can make sure you both have the most fun day ever.
Áine & Kane Hodgson - Kauri Bay Boomrock, Auckland - January 2023
Read what some of the happy couples that I've married recently, have to say about me
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I do not have the words to accurately describe how incredible Nate was for our wedding. From the moment we had our initial conversation, he made us feel so comfortable and made us so much more excited for our special day. His sense of humor and professionalism are indescribable. He is caring, compassionate, and everything you want your celebrant to be. Our ceremony simply would not have been what it was without Nate.
Thanks for making our day even more special. Professionally keeping us on track along the journey but with great banter and energy. Like an old friend that had come to hang for the day. Everyone loved you. The vibe you set put the secret sauce on our day. The host with the most. Thanks again.
Not only he was our celebrant he also was our MC for the reception and he was amazing. All our family and friends really loved him. They also loved how the whole wedding just flowed and there’s not much waiting around and we thank Nate for that. We highly recommend Nate to all our friends and families looking at getting married in the near future.
We had a wonderful registration with Nate! He was so fun and chilled, which made the entire process so easy and that much more enjoyable. Thanks Nate, we enjoyed having you as our celebrant for our special day👏🏻.
Nate did such a fantastic job for our wedding. He helped us through all of the important things we needed to know (including those things beyond what a celebrant is responsible for) to make sure the ceremony went well. He was very professional but also brought his own charm and fun to the ceremony. Everyone really enjoyed it and had a great time. Thank you so much Nate for helping to make our day so special.
Nate is an absolutely wonderful, friendly and caring person that made my marriage celebrations so perfect! He takes time to learn about the couple and makes sure to confirm everything with you so that you are 100% on board with what the big day will look like! My wife and I thoroughly recommend Nate!
Nate made the whole process of planning and legalities not so daunting. He stayed in regular contact in the months leading up and let us know what things we needed to be doing! You put us all at ease. We loved having you be a part of our wedding and telling our story so perfectly for us!
Nate is incredible and so much fun. he made it so easy and enjoyable with his quizzes and him getting know us has a couple but also as individuals. Nate made our ceremony so much fun and our guest loved his style and his humor. 10/10 from us for sure.
I looked at several celebrants online before choosing Nate as he looked like a really happy person that genuinely enjoyed his role in making your special day perfect.And he was exactly that!
We wanted a simple and light hearted event which went exactly as we had hoped thanks to Nate’s balance of humour and professionalism.
Thank you, highly recommend. 😊
Nate married us in NZ during one of the lulls in the pandemic and he was super flexible and accommodating. Fast forward to this year and we had another ceremony over here in Australia and we loved seeing him again. The family and friends loved having him around and we now consider him a friend of ours.
Cannot recommend him more highly, such a cruisey, funny and genuine guy. We shopped around for a long time in both NZ and Australia and it was an easy choice to have him back again.
It was one of the best decisions hiring Nate as our Celebrant and MC! From the get go his communication was excellent. He was very organised, funny and down to earth! He made us feel at ease throughout the ceremony and was quick to adapt when we were running a bit behind schedule. We and our guests absolutely loved him (as seen by the comments on his pic from our photobooth album). We would 100% recommend him for anyone that is looking for a celebrant and MC!
He encouranged us to write our own vows even though we didn't want to do it at first. I'm so grateful that he changed our minds. Our wedding ceremony was fun throughout and he knew how to make us and our guests laugh. I recommend Nate to all the couples planning to get married. He surely is the best celebrant :) Thanks Nate once again!
Right from our initial meeting with Nate we knew he was a great fit for us, and were really excited about the role he’d play on our special day. From the initial planning stages, Nate was highly organized, and in regular contact to keep us on track, which took all the stress off us.
On the day Nate did an incredible job, and he really set the tone for our wedding. We wanted our Wedding to be fun, relaxed, down to earth, and filled with laughs. Nate delivered on all counts, and the day could not have been anymore perfect.
Hiring Nate as our wedding celebrant and MC was the best decision we made in our wedding planning. Nate helped us to achieve our perfect wedding ceremony, relaxed, sincere, and most importantly full of laughter! Our friends and family cannot stop raving about how amazing our celebrant was!!
There was a lot of fun and laughter throughout the ceremony and everything was tailored to how we wanted it. Nate has impeccable communication and has the perfect amount of touch points/follow ups with you to make sure you’ve checked how the ceremony flows and that you’re vows are done with enough time. Couldn’t recommend more, everyone raved about him and how lovely and fun the ceremony was.
Nate was the celebrant and MC for our wedding recently and we are so glad we chose him! He's super friendly, knowledgably and ORGANISED! ... He took a lot of the stress out of the ceremony for us by coordinating it all in this way. We also had him as our MC and am so glad we did - he helped wrangle everyone for the family/friends photos straight after the ceremony with ease. He also made sure the reception ran smoothly - checking in with us etc.
Absolutely Amazing Nate is!! Highly recommended!! Nate made my husband and I feel so at ease and made it so stress-free for us. We can’t thank you enough Nate for making our day absolutely amazing. Our guest absolutely enjoyed our ceremony as you brought lots of humour and fun to our day! Nate made us feel comfortable as our nerves were on a high. 100% amazing you are Nate!!! Thank you so much for blessing us on our amazing day!!!
Thank you Nate for being our celebrant and MC. You made our day so perfect and easy. You made us and everyone feel so comfortable. The ceremony was perfect with the right amount of seriousness and laughter. You sorted everything so quickly that our marriage license was on our door before we got back from our weekend honeymoon. Thank you for making everything so easy and memorable.
Nate fit with us so perfectly that it was like having one of our mates hanging out with us. We had so many of our guests comment on the day (and since) about how amazing Nate was! ... Our day was absolutely perfect, and Nate played a massive part in that. We couldn't recommend him highly enough.
He communicated efficiently and we felt he went over and above helping us with the smaller details... On the day Nate was just the best. He brought such a personable, fun and relaxed vibe to our day and we had so many comments from our guests about what an stella job he did. Cheers Nate. You were awesome and we are forever greatful.
Weddings can be a very stressful time. I promise to do the following six things that will help make your big day the most fun ever.
Other than the boring legal stuff, we collaborate on exactly what you want included in the ceremony.
Read my reviews. Couples that I've married describe me as relaxed, fun and very organised.
I love a good list. I will keep you on track with all we need to do to get you married.
We've got this! I love helping brides & grooms get over the nerves and actually enjoy the day.
Even though I'm Auckland based, I've been all over NZ to officiate weddings (just reimburse my reasonable travel expenses).
I've been validated by CANZ, so I meet the professional standards of competency for celebrant work.
I work with you to make the planning completely stress-free, in these seven steps.
My fee is $1,100 (plus travel and accommodation, if required).
We meet either in person, or via a video call. I check to make sure I'm available, we discuss my fee, if I need to travel, and then confirm the day, time and location. You pay a 30% deposit.
I send you a comprehensive wedding questionnaire for both of you to fill in. Based on the answers from this, I write a ceremony.
I then share a Google Doc with you, which we both work off going forward, collaborating on your perfect ceremony.
If you've also selected me to be your M.C. at the reception, I send you a reception questionnaire. In this we discuss timings (like entrees, dinner, dessert, dancing times), and who is doing speeches. I write a reception and share this with you to check.
You need to do this part and I will remind you to do it. It needs to be done (minimum of) three business days before, and it expires after three months.
We chat again, and I make sure you're 100% happy with the ceremony. I also check that we haven't missed anything, and confirm those last minute details.
The last 35% of my fee will also be due.
Typically the morning before, we'll do a wedding rehearsal with the bridal party, so everyone knows what to do, how quick to walk down the aisle, and where to stand.
I first give a briefing to the guests before the bride arrives about if they can take their own photos or not, your rules around posting to social media, turning their phones off, and other housekeeping items.
For the ceremony, I follow the script exactly as we've discussed it, so it's what you planned for, and there's no unexpected surprises.
Immediately after the ceremony, I leave one copy of the signed wedding certificate with you, and electronically file the second copy with the registrar.
If I am also MC of the reception, I will co-ordinate the group shots, then make sure the evening goes off without a hitch.
I can help. As well as getting you hitched, I can make sure the festivities afterward run smoothly. I can liaise with the venue/caterers, introduce the speakers, and make sure the reception runs on time.
My fee is $500 (in addition to my celebrant's fee).
I am a VCANZ accredited celebrant, through
Celebrants Aotearoa (CANZ).
By engaging me, you are gaining the assurance of employing a celebrant who belongs to the national professional body, a celebrant who has passed the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards test, and a person who is committed to ongoing professional development with a strong network of fellow celebrants to call on if needed.
VCANZ is a celebrant validation process, which is a structured recognition of celebrant training, experience and professional development based on the CANZ body of knowledge. This gives couples looking for a celebrant, additional certainty and greater comfort that a CANZ celebrant meets the professional standards of competency required for celebrant work.