Who am I?

Jill Southee

Independent Celebrant

I am a positive, friendly and compassionate Wellington-based celebrant, where I live with Rowan, my husband. We have four children as well as two gorgeous grandchildren,  plus a grand-dog who comes for regular sleepovers! 

I am proud to hold a Certificate in Celebrant Studies, after completing modules through The Celebrant School on Celebration & Ceremony, Marriage & Civil Unions, Funerals and Professional Practice. I am also a Validated member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand which means I can conduct registry weddings, at a Lower Hutt location of your choice, or my home/garden - the choice is yours.

As your chosen celebrant, I pride myself on the relationship I build with everyone

I work alongside, getting to get to know you; your likes and dislikes, your sense of humour and what makes you tick. Being present in moments of jubilation or grief and building a relationship with you to ensure your ceremony is genuine and memorable is how I operate.  I’ve learnt to be a good listener, attentive and open to each client’s wants and needs. 

I promise to dedicate myself to YOU, keeping a sense of calm, arriving well in advance before your ceremony and always make whatever life event you are celebrating a sincere and meaningful occasion. When you work with me,  you will find my style is professional, organised and empathetic. Your story is personal, so it's important we get it right. 

I dress to fit with your ceremony style and colour scheme. 


The first step is for us to meet for a no-obligation chat and to see if we're a good fit

with each other. 

And when I'm not being a celebrant...
- I like to walk and attend pilates classes

- I love my garden 

- I like to cook, try new recipes and share the goodies with others
- I enjoy a coffee and a glass of wine
​- I am a volunteer for Dress for Success and Good Bitches Baking
- I love to travel - when we can!
- I value my family and friends immensely and all that they bring to my life.


I hope you will let me help plan your next unforgettable event, so let's get together!

My definition of celebrancy

I work and live by the definition of CELEBRANCY...

"The art of listening, of hearing, of creating meaning

and ceremony.


                   The delivering of ceremony with joy, with integrity,                         with compassion, with passion, with laughter and with sparkle.

The celebration of important transitions across the

whole of the life cycle. 

The love of delivering ceremonies created from your stories

with you... for you!"

Let's get together...

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