Nate Dunn

Celebrant available for your wedding, civil union, or renewal of vows.

Becka, Nate and James

Hi, nice to meet you! I'm Nate.

VCANZ Accredited Celebrant, Celebrants Aotearoa

An amazing celebrant is so crucial to your wedding. You want someone who really knows their stuff, is a lot of fun, and can help both of you navigate what can be an overwhelming time.

I will work closely with you, from initial planning, lots of communication leading up to, and then making sure, on the day, it all runs smoothly. Your family and friends will love being part of an event that truly represents your relationship.

Weddings don't have to be stiff and boring. Let's meet, and chat about how we can make sure you have the most fun day ever.

  • Age : 37
  • Ethnicity : NZ European / Niuean
  • Vaccinated : Yes: both + booster
VCANZ Accredited

"So easy to work with and a genuine down to earth guy and we had so many comments from our guests about how good he was as both a celebrant and an MC!! ...

Hugely recommend!!"

Jess & Paul Smith (Australia) - Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Mt Ruapehu - June 2021

Reviews from Happy couples

Read what some of the happy couples that I've married just this year, have to say about me
(see more on my Google page or Facebook page).

Why choose me?

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.

100% your way

Other than the boring legal stuff, we collaborate on exactly what you want included in the ceremony.

Most fun ever

I pride myself on getting lots of laughter and smiles (from you and your guests) at the ceremony.

Get the names right

Nothing worse than something pronounced wrong - I promise to nail those tricky names.

Wedding Advice

Questions or confusion about your big day? I'm happy to suggest ideas anytime by email.

Travel

I'm Auckland-based but have officiated ceremonies across the country, with couples reimbursing me for reasonable travel expenses only.

VCANZ Accredited

I've been validated by CANZ, so I meet the professional standards of competency for celebrant work.

What to expect

I work with you to make the planning completely stress-free, in these seven steps.

My fee is $975 (plus travel and accommodation, if required).

Months before

1. Our initial chat

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 50% refundable deposit.

2. Plan your perfect ceremony

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.

Two months to go
A month to go

3. Sort out the reception

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.

4. Order your marriage licence

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.

Three weeks to go
Two weeks to go

5. Finalise everything

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 other 50% of my fee will also be due.

6. Practice makes perfect

Typically the evening before, we'll do a complete run through with the bridal party, so everyone knows what to do, how quick to walk down the aisle, and where to stand.

The day before
On the big day

7. Let's do this!

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.

Help! We also need an M.C. for the reception

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).

What's VCANZ?

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.