Ginette Spence Celebrant
Creating the right ceremony for you
Hi, my name is Ginette (pronouns: she/her) and I'd love to work with you to help create the ceremony you want, that includes the people you care about. Have a look at my options and pick which is best for you. Feel free to give me a call if you want to chat.
If you need a celebrant at short notice, or during the week, give me me a call, text, or send me an email and I'll see if I can help.
A bespoke ceremony written and personalised just for you. No one else will have one like it.
This includes as many meetings, calls, or emails as we need to get the ceremony right for you, a rehearsal session, and the wedding ceremony itself.
Ready Made Ceremony
A lovely ceremony to celebrate you. It is a pre-written ceremony for those looking to keep costs reasonable. The ceremony is standard and doesn't get tailored to you, but you can add your own touches to make it personal.
You can include your own vows, and have friends and whānau perform readings, poems, songs, or verses during the ceremony. You can also choose to do a ring exchange.
You can sign your papers at any time you choose, before the ceremony, during, or after.
This includes one virtual meeting and three email edits to get the ceremony right, and the wedding ceremony itself.
Just the Paperwork
Do you just want to sign the paperwork?
There is no ceremony here, just the basics.
We'll meet, along with your two witnesses and all five of us sign the paperwork.
You need to state to each other that you are freely entering this marriage or civil union, including your name and your partner's name.
I send the paperwork to the Marriages office, and you are officially married.
Prices are for your Wellington based ceremony, Wellington as far as Waikanae and Upper Hutt.
. A non-refundable deposit of 50% within 5 days of booking, and the remaining 50% is payable two weeks before your wedding date.
Your Marriage Licence
Before you get married, you need to apply for a licence. A licence confirms it’s legal for you to marry. It costs $150 (this is separate to celebrant fees). You need to arrange the licence at least three days before the service, and it's valid for three months. you can apply for your licence here.
You need two copies of the licence on the day, and you and your two witnesses sign these to legalise your marriage.
My favourite things are people, animals, books, movies, food, and learning new things. I do nerdy cross stitch, hang out with my dog, and do puzzles.
I also know level one New Zealand Sign Language and you'll often find me at yum cha on a Saturday morning.
As well as weddings, for years I have been presenting to large and small groups at hospitals and conferences, including key note speaker and panel discussions. I have created, led, and facilitated a huge number of meetings, panels, taskforces, and workshops. I've also mc'd award ceremonies. In my day job I am a project manager, so you can rely on me to be organised, facilitate difficult decisions, provide options, and lead your ceremony.
Sorry, no virtual weddings
Under New Zealand law, all ceremonies must be in person - you and your partner, your celebrant and your witnesses.
Your guests can be virtual.
A note on exclusionary venues
Are you getting married at Glenview Country Gardens? Unfortunately I am not the celebrant for you. This venue excludes same sex coupes from getting married, which doesn't align with my personal values of inclusion.