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 over 140 marriage ceremonies in the past six years.  I love what I do, and it shows. My style is contemporary, professional and warm. 

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, contemporary ceremony delivered with a splash of humour. 

Choosing a celebrant is just one of many big decisions you’ll be making right now. 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!


A Registry-style ceremony: for eloping lovers, the busy just-want-to-get-marrieds, and the budget conscious. A short, simple and non-variable script, with prescribed vows, allows you to tie the knot Monday-Thursday in Central Auckland only, before a maximum number of guests.  We’ll confirm your requirements by email or Facetime, and no rehearsal will be held. Strict Ts&Cs apply – please get in touch with me to find out more. 


A personalised ceremony-lite: for those wanting heartfelt simplicity and minimal detail, with a personal touch. A simple ceremony script will be tailored for you following one face to face meeting, and you can include your own personal vows, which I will support you to write. Rehearsal on request. Ceremony at your chosen venue, Auckland-wide, Friday – Sunday. (Travel costs apply.)

A bespoke ceremony, just for YOU: fully personalised and blooming with all the details, designed collaboratively over two face-to face-meetings, with a rehearsal at your venue prior to your big day.  All that is important to you – your words, stories, humour and any cultural or spiritual elements – will be woven into a ceremony that is authentic and meaningful. Auckland-wide and beyond. (Travel costs apply.)  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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