Melanie Stuart celebrant - the right celebrant for you

Professional Celebrant

Diploma in Celebrant Studies

Tutor, The Celebrant School of New Zealand

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou


You’ve found the right celebrant for you!

It’s such a privilege to be the “official storyteller and knot tie-er” for two people in love… keeping them calm, making them laugh, slipping them tissues before the tears fall, evoking the right emotions and setting the perfect tone for the rest of the wedding celebration.  

I’ve conducted almost 200 marriage ceremonies in the past seven years.  I love what I do, and it shows. My style is contemporary, connected, friendly and genuine. 

I have a particular affinity to couples with children, or those who are “second time around”; couples for whom cultural values and traditions are important, and those those who seek a polished, sincere, modern ceremony delivered with a splash of humour. 

Choosing a celebrant is just one of many big decisions you’ll be making when planning your “Big Day”. I understand that every couple sees their ceremony differently, so I offer a range of options to suit every style, budget, and venue.  You can choose the right ceremony for you too!


Elopement Ceremonies for the busy just-want-to-get-marrieds, shy romantics, or budget conscious. A simple and minimally personalised script, including your choice of vows from three examples I suggest. These ceremonies are brief, warm and intimate and allow you to tie the knot Monday-Thursday at your chosen Central Auckland venue, before a maximum of 20 guests.  We’ll confirm your requirements by email or Facetime, and no rehearsal will be held. My fee is $275. 


Personalised Short Stories for lovers wanting heartfelt simplicity in a brief ceremony with authentic details. I write your ceremony following one face-to-face meeting, and you can include your own personal vows, which I will support you to write. Personal and relaxed, this ceremony may be held at your chosen venue Auckland-wide, Friday – Sunday. My fee is $550.

Your Love Story in full colour, blooming with your favourite memories, weaving in your words, your humour and any cultural or spiritual elements that have particular resonance or significance for you. Designed collaboratively over two face-to face-meetings, with a rehearsal at your venue prior to your wedding day, this ceremony is richly meaningful. Available Auckland-wide and beyond. My fee is $650 (additional travel costs may apply for particular dates or venues.)  Please see “Tell all the (Love) Stories” on the next page, for more details.

I also offer MC services for your wedding reception, on request. 



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