Bright ideas: The ceremony

Looking for ways to make your ceremony memorable? Glean inspiration from these Kiwi brides who have been there, nailed that.

  • Story by Photo Melanie Peters- MELT Images

Looking for ways to make your ceremony memorable? Glean inspiration from these Kiwi brides who have been there, nailed that. 

“To make a grand entrance, my mum dad and I arrived by helicopter – a surprise to my parents and guests!” Chris, Taupo.

“Four family members and friends gave readings or sang at our ceremony. Before they began they shared how they met each of us and why they believed in our love.” Tanya, Auckland.

“To thank each person in our bridal party, before the vows we stated a few things we loved about them. It triggered laughter, and some tears!” Maria, Wellington.

“One of my friends is an incredible musician, so as her gift to us she played the guitar as guests arrived and sang during the signing of the register.” Merin, Nelson.

“To honour my husband’s Hispanic roots, we incorporated two rituals into the ceremony and printed explanations of the rites in the programme.” Sarah, Auckland.

“Both sets of our grandparents had died, so we acknowledged them in the programme and in their honour a group from our church rang bells.” Beatrice, Wanaka.

“We involved my children from a previous relationship: my husband made vows to them and presented each of them with a special necklace.” Tina, Auckland

“Having always been an incredibly special person in my life, my godmother became a certified celebrant to marry us. Now her bond with my husband is as strong as hers and mine.” Julia, Gisborne.


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