My ceremonial packages
Planning your celebration
What type of celebratory event are you looking for? It may seem like a daunting process to make this momentous decision, but it is actually very simple and I can be there to guide you through every step of the way.
I invite you to browse my ceremonial packages below, find what feels like the right fit for your celebration and how we can make your wedding personal and genuine. I have wide experience planning different types of events and am happy to make your dream event a reality, whether you want your celebration to cover just the legal bits, a secular service, an occasion that includes prayers/blessings. The choice is always yours!
The first step is for you to email me with your inquiry, check my availability and then arrange to meet so I can hear about what plans and ideas you have in mind. It's also a no-obligation opportunity to see if I'm the right celebrant for you!
If you decide to book me as your celebrant, we seal the agreement with a contract, pay a deposit and then we get on with the exciting stuff of getting your wedding plan underway.
All wedding /civil union ceremonies are registered with Births, Deaths & Marriages.
Whatever ceremony you choose is special and I welcome your inquiry.
Here's a useful link to get you started...
Registry weddings / civil unions
I am delighted to offer my services to perform registry weddings/civil unions in the Wellington area. As a Validated Member of the Celebrants Association of NZ, I have been appointed to officiate registry ceremonies under the guidelines set out by Births, Deaths & Marriages:
- ceremonies can only be held on weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm
- maximum of 20 guests (including adults & children)
- location of your choice, your home/backyard or my garden in Lower Hutt
- follow a set template script, with standard legal vows and ring exchange
(If you wish to have 20+ guests, write your own vows, choose your own readings, poetry, music, then you may prefer my PETITE PACKAGE, see below)
More details on Registry weddings are provided on my Blog page.
Priced at $90.
"Thank you for the wonderful ceremony. It got emotional but we are glad we did it!"
"Thank you for being present with us, and nurturing our bond through your warm, peaceful,
and hopeful disposition."
"We would like to thank you for making our wedding day as special as possible! Your calm, friendly manner definitely helped with our nerves. You really went out of your way for us."
"Jill was great, she was incredibly kind. Throughout the Covid drama she kept me very well informed
and answered the many questions I had. She was super professional and kept us calm."
"We cannot recommend Jill highly enough. We had an extremely simple, small ceremony - and were worried that it would be cold and impersonal. However Jill was warm and personable - and you could tell that she genuinely loves her special role of marrying loving couples. What a job! She happily included our daughter and her friends, so that they could be party of our special day. And it was an extremely special day for us - we shall never forget it!"
My PETITE PACKAGE is for those who want a small personalised, yet perfectly formed marriage/civil union ceremony, vow renewal, perhaps a subsequent marriage or even an elopement (that includes all the legal requirements, as required).
This package is ideal for those who want a more intimate, informal wedding ceremony shared with a small number of friends, family, (or just two witnesses) but still want a celebration of love that is personal and special, without the fuss, expense and long-term planning. You are welcome to personalise it with writing your own vows and choosing your own music / readings / poetry OR leading a celebration to mark the opening of a new building/work space/exhibition or blessing your home.
Your PETITE PACKAGE can be held in a variety of setting such as a park, beach, restaurant, or at your home/backyard.
Robert Browning summed it up perfectly in his 19th century poem... 'sometimes less is more'.
Priced at $350 (plus expenses).
"Thank you Jill for helping us make this day so special and wonderful ❤️ We could not have imagined having a better celebrant than you. It was an amazing day full of joy, love & happiness!"
"Jill's passion for celebrating and commemorating important events was evident in planning our vow renewal ceremony. She made us feel very special and personalised the experience for our taste, bringing in parts of our original ceremony as well as helping us to reflect where we are today. It was great to go through the process with someone we could trust allowing us to relax and enjoy ourselves."
"Thank you Jill. You really made our wedding unforgettable. You listened to us, you understood us and you took the time to get to know us. We really appreciate it."
If you want an individually designed and written ceremony for your wedding/civil union,
then my BOUTIQUE PACKAGE is for you!
I will work closely with you and your partner and take time to get to know you as a couple,
to understand and hear what makes you tick, what you love about one another and how you want this love crafted into a one-of-a-kind ceremony that reflects you perfectly, with as much involvement of family and friends as you want. This package includes an initial and follow-up meeting and as much communication as you want or need prior to your wedding day.
You may already know what readings, poems, rituals and music you want, but if not,
I can provide resources for you. I prepare a draft ceremony script for you to read and together we fine-tune it before your final script is confirmed. At all times, you have control over what is being said on your day.
A rehearsal is held before your special day to keep you calm and confident (read my Blog on the benefits of holding a wedding rehearsal). I promise to work only with you on your special day. It’s a fun process, so let’s get started!
Priced at $550 (plus expenses).
"Jill was amazing! We thought you were great, not to mention all the lovely feedback we got from our guests about how you made it such a personal ceremony. Not only does she create a very personal ceremony, unique to you....but she goes 'above and beyond' before the ceremony to ensure everything is as you want it, and to ensure things run smoothly on the day. The rehearsal is excellent, not only putting the bride and groom's nerves at ease, but the entire wedding parties too! Would highly recommend!
There are many reasons why people want to formalise their relationship and make a declaration on their own or with family and friends declaring their love and commitment to each other.
Maybe you got married offshore where you completed all the legalities and now want to hold
a celebration for your friends and family back home?
Perhaps you've had a registry ceremony and now want to reception/party to celebrate with more guests but also want to include some formalities to recognise your commitment.
A commitment ceremony symbolises the intent of a couple to fully commit to be together.
As with a wedding ceremony, it can be fun, emotional, formal or as casual as you like.
There is no legal component, so you can be as creative as you want with the content,
and again, I value your input - working together, we can make it happen!
Priced from $300.
Pitter patter package
With the arrival of new baby to your family, I can prepare a naming or blessing ceremony to celebrate your precious new addition, where you can host family and friends who will support you as you journey into parenthood with all the fun times ahead!
Priced from $250.