How to Choose a Celebrant...

Mary Mason

Remember – your Marriage Ceremony is the most important aspect of your wedding celebration! Completion of the ceremony renders your marriage legitimate.

The ceremony should include moments you cherish and hold in your heart forever. Therefore your choice of celebrant is crucial to making your ceremony memorable.

As an experienced celebrant I have had the privilege for over ten years of officiating at marriage ceremonies for couples coming from in and around Canterbury, and throughout New Zealand – and internationally from cultures such as Japanese, Scottish, Irish, English, French, American, Australian, Indian and Korean.

In addition to many private homes and gardens for weddings throughout Canterbury, I have also conducted marriage ceremonies in the following venues:

Christchurch & thereabouts…

Cossars Wineshed – Tai Tapu
The George - Christchurch
Otahuna Lodge – Tai Tapu
Langdales Vineyard – West Melton
Ilex Café & Function Centre – Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Trent’s Estate Vineyard – Templeton
Melton Estate – West Melton
Omarino Wine Park - Christchurch
Clearwater Resort – Christchurch
Pemberton Gardens – Prebbleton
Curators House – Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Millwood Chapel – Ohoka
Mill Stream Lawn – Mona Vale Garden, Christchurch
Ilam Homestead - Christchurch
Abberley Park - Christchurch
West Haven Chapel & Gardens – West Melton
Riccarton House - Christchurch
The Tea House – Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch
Newbury Lodge – Christchurch
Russley Golf Course – Christchurch
Rosemont – Ohoka
Hinton’s Vineyard – Christchurch
Rossburn Chapel – Rangiora
Waitahuna – Governors Bay
The Sign of the Takahe – Christchurch
Hamptom Lea Gardens - Rolleston
Millbrook Reserve – Christchurch
The Provincial Chambers – Christchurch
Chateau on the Park – Christchurch
Avebury House – Christchurch
North New Brighton Beach – Christchurch
Kate Sheppard House – Christchurch
The Art Gallery – Christchurch
North New Brighton Memorial Centre – Christchurch

To Canterbury…

Flaxmere Gardens – Hawarden
Terrace Downs – Rakaia Gorge, Methven
French Farm Winery – French Farm
Tipapa Estate – Greta Valley
St Theresa’s Chapel – Racecourse Hill, Darfield
Coniston Gardens & Chapel – Ashburton
Longbeach Estate – Ashburton
Fife Shire - Kaikoura
Quickenberry Lodge – Terrace Downs, Windwhistle
Ashburton Trust Hotel – Ashburton
Mt Vernon Lodge – Akaroa
Woodlands Walk Recreation Reserve – Hanmer Springs
Mill Cottage – Akaroa
Giants House – Linton Garden, Akaroa
Rakaia Gorge - Methven
Trinity Church – Akaroa
Daley’s Wharf – Akaroa
The Heritage Hotel – Hanmer Springs
Mt Hutt Station Woolshed – Methven
Akaroa Cottages – Akaroa
Mt Hutt Retreat – Methven
Mt Hutt Function Centre - Methven

And beyond…

Peppers Bluewater Resort - Tekapo
Mt Cheeseman Ski Field Lodge – Castle Hill
Peel Forest Lodge – Peel Forest
The Rose Garden – Caroline Bay, Timaru
Holme Station – Timaru
Stone Bridge - Geraldine
Stables on Harlau – Timaru

Some points for your consideration when choosing a celebrant are:

  • Check testimonials or listen to ‘word of mouth’ recommendations – always the best.
  • Inquire if they are they available on the day you wish to marry.
  • If so arrange an initial meeting - as soon as possible.



All enquiries welcome ...

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Phone: 027 368 4691