Melanie Stuart celebrant - the right celebrant for you

Professional Celebrant

Certificate in Celebrant Studies

Tutor, The Celebrant School of New Zealand


There’s no magic in magic – it’s all in the details
(Walt Disney)


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.

Every couple I work with receives a bespoke, personal and beautifully written ceremony, which perfectly reflects what their love, and marriage, means to them.

My role is so much more than just sealing the deal with the legal paperwork, (although, as a former lawyer, I’m on point with that too!) On the big day, I am connected, professional and assured – with the requisite 360 degree vision to ensure absolutely everything goes to plan.

I’ve conducted over 140 marriage ceremonies in the past six years.

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.

A memorable ceremony is all about the details.

It’s about feelings, personalised storytelling, and heartfelt connection.

So if you, or someone you know, is searching for the right celebrant to deliver that magic – please get in touch!


Latest articles, tips & news updates


Wedding Tips for the PM?? In recent weeks, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announced their engagement. There followed a flurry of rapidly scrambled (and in some cases poorly sub-edited) op-ed pieces published on “the socials” and hard copy local rags. Where did he pop the question? Did her bodyguard notice? Where would they tie … Read More

“I got you, babies…”

Ceremonies in which children participate are wonderful. I’m not talking about the angst some couples have re: how to word their invitations to diplomatically exclude children from the guest list. I AM talking about actively and lovingly INCLUDING your children in your ceremony. Whether they are residing in the bump under your wedding gown, or they are your energetic toddlers, … Read More

Practice makes perfect… so let’s rehearse!

If there’s one thing I have learned in my career as a marriage celebrant, it’s that the rehearsal is a vital element of your wedding planning. Whether it takes place a day, or a week, before your “big day”, the rehearsal is the key moment when suddenly, things become very “real”. I absolutely LOVE rehearsals. We can be relaxed and … Read More

By the power vested in me…

Remember the line in movies when the dashing hero marries his princess bride? The celebrant says something flamboyant and portentious along the lines of “By the power vested in me by the State of I now declare you legally married!”… followed by a romantic dip kiss and fountains of rose petals and cheering and happily ever afters. … Read More