Celebrants' Thoughts That Will Make You Cry

Celebrants at the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) tell us why they love being a celebrant. Pass the tissues, because these are pretty heartfelt. 

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Setting the scene and conducting a wonderful wedding ceremony is what the celebrants at the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) do best.

The friendly meetings prior to your big day is not only for the celebrant to gain insights about what makes you tick as a couple and the journey that led you to ‘I do’, but also to help you and your partner to remain focused (probably while thinking about the five phone calls you need to make about the reception décor) on what a wedding is all about: that is, to unite two people who love each other, to be a part of their personal promises, and to celebrate one of life’s magical moments.

Celebrants will tell you that no two weddings are the same, but being part of such a special and often emotional day of two families’ lives gives them so much back in return. We asked a few celebrants why they love being a celebrant.

“Because every wedding ­– whether it be an extravaganza with all the bells and whistles or an intimate wedding in a couple’s backyard – every wedding has that moment of magic when two people look each other in the eye and their hearts are saying, “I not only love you but I love you enough, enough to know the love will stay, enough to know it will get us through all we will encounter in life”. And for me that’s enough, enough to know this work is a privilege.”

“It is my honour to work with clients to celebrate their special occasions and also to remember their loved ones and the special moments in everyone’s lives as appropriate. The diversity of clients and meeting their individual needs is very special and to be chosen to officiate at their life event is always memorable. Every ceremony is unique to the couple and blended with the family and friends they have chosen to share their celebration with, always puts a smile on my face.”

“Sharing in the joy of a wedding day is wonderful! I love that New Zealand law allows the flexibility and creativity for couples to have a marriage ceremony that truly reflects them … and my role in helping them to achieve this.”


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