Do all members of the bridal party have to attend the rehearsal?

No they do not. Due to the fact that most work and often have to travel to attend a wedding sometimes time frames do not fit their schedule. I endeavor to accommodate as many of the bridal party as I am able when confirming the rehearsal time. Day light saving allows for a later rehearsal time but during the winter months an earlier time is required.

Is it acceptable for the Bride to be 10 minutes late?

Yes I encourage it if all parties make this decision from the onset. I always make an announcement to the guests advising the time the Bride will arrive. Guests are not always prompt and this allows time for all guests to be present prior to the Brides entrance. There is nothing worse than guests walking in behind the Bride.

Time wise, how long is a wedding service?

From the arrival of the bride to the conclusion of the service I would allow 20 minutes on average.

Do we have to have a P.A sound system for an outdoor wedding?

No, but in some instances it is advisable. For a small wedding #40 - #60 guests the celebrant should be able to project their voice to be heard. From #70 - #300 a P.A is really advisable. Your guests are present not only because of the relationship they have with the Bride and Groom but also to hear the words spoken. This is an additional cost and one to be considered.

Is it expected that we invite the Celebrant to the reception?

No, but some couples wish to invite their Celebrant to join them. I always say to couples that it is a seat that another friend or relation can occupy and the decision to invite is theirs.

Can anyone marry us?

No, only a Registrar of Marriages (in a Registry Office) or a registered Marriage Celebrant (at a place other than a Registry Office) can officiate. Only those persons approved by the Registrar-General as Marriage Celebrants and whose names appear in the List of Marriage Celebrants in the NZ Gazette have authority to solemnize marriages in New Zealand.

What documentation do I require for our Wedding and where do I get it?

You are required to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage Form (BDM60). You can obtain from your local Court or go online www.bdm.govt.nz and click on forms and print a copy. I always have copies with me and they are available to my clients at our first meeting.

Funerals FAQ

What do we do when our loved one dies?

Generally you would phone a Funeral Director, but often my client\'s family phone me direct then I make contact with the respective Funeral Director. If you are at a hospital, staff generally have phone numbers of the local firms but you have a choice of who you wish to use. You may live some distance away from the hospital and wish to use your local firm or there may be someone you have already made arrangement with that you would call. From this point you will be guided through the process.

How long is a Funeral Service?

On average I would say 40 minutes, but this can vary depending on the outline that has been discussed and formalized. I generally do not put a time limit on such a service unless there are time constraints or at a families request. A funeral is for both the living and the dead and by honoring the life of your loved one; by gathering up and sharing memories and significance of their life assists and consoles us all.

Can anyone preplan their funeral service?

Yes, but in most cases my preplanning is with those who are sick, elderly, or terminally ill, people who wish to have a say in their service and to be involved with the content and planning thereof. Pre-planning your funeral service is different to pre-planning your funeral, although some areas cross over. The service is planned with the Celebrant that you wish to officiate whilst the actual funeral would be planned with the Funeral Director. Often in these cases both professionals are known to you.



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