Celebrants' Association of New Zealand Inc.

Finding the Right Fit for You

With thousands of registered independent marriage celebrants in New Zealand, how do you find someone right for you? What should you look for? What questions can you ask to help frame your decision? Because, just as you want your dress to be perfect and your shoes not to pinch, your celebrant needs to be the right fit especially if you want a ceremony, not just a piece of paper and a party.

How Much Should You Pay?

A celebrant’s fee can vary widely, but here’s a bit of background:, unlike organisational celebrants, independents have to cover all the costs of their celebrant work including infrastructure – everything from having ink in a printer to running a reliable vehicle - so when they look the part and deliver a brilliant ceremony on the day it’s only the visible tip of a virtual iceberg that goes deep into the ocean.

If you’re after a unique, personal ceremony that reflects you as couple it will take your celebrant a good chunk of time, experience, skill and a lot of preparation (interviews, research, thinking, writing, editing, maybe a rehearsal) and there’s ‘the paperwork’, ensuring the legal documents are correct and sent to Births Deaths and Marriages promptly.


The Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is a great place to start your research. It is New Zealand’s only national professional association for celebrants and has more than 900 members. You can search for a celebrant by location, gender preference, preferred language or, if you’ve had a recommendation, by name. From there you can visit their individual websites or social media platform.

Get Started

Go to our website and you’ll find someone to make your wedding ceremony special – it’s all about you. CANZ celebrants are professionals, committed to a code of ethics and dedicated to the craft of creating exceptional and personal ceremonies – and they have the benefit of a trusted network with experience and back up if it’s needed.

Celebrants' Association of New Zealand

"CANZ" is the accepted abbreviation for the Celebrants Association of New Zealand Inc, a professional group of celebrants whose members are listed on this site. Only member celebrants are legally entitled to use "CANZ" and our trademarked logo on their promotional material.

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