Karin De La Rey Celebrant VCANZ


The heroes of the day are both of you. You are who matter. Your wishes. Your dreams. Your day.

I am here to assist you to turn your dreams into reality in a relaxed manner with a touch of humour or perhaps you prefer something more formal. Together we create a day you will always remember. I have the compassion, the discipline and the enthusiasm to be there for you, to create the perfect ceremony for your perfect day. Whether you choose to be married on your farm or in your backyard, on the beach or in a public park, inside a chapel or a movie theatre, on a cruise ship or on top of a mountain, your day will belong to you.

You are the shining stars, you and your love for each other.

It will be such a privilege to be your celebrant. Although I am based in Tauranga, I am prepared to travel further afield - destination weddings in Whakatane, Rotorua, Taupo, Coromandel, Waikato, Auckland, East Coast, Queenstown ... how exciting will that be for you! I would love to meet you in person or via Skype with no obligations at the first meeting. I am always available for you by phone and/or email. You are very welcome to contact me at any time.

If you needed assistance to create a special ceremony such as Elopement, Vow Renewal, House Blessing, Baby Naming or a Funeral, it will be an honour and a privilege to be part of your life celebration.

As a VCANZ celebrant and Registry celebrant, I am honoured to officiate Registry Weddings (this is the same service that has been offered over the years by the now-closed Courthouse registry offices).

I am in love with all 'love' ceremonies and although I follow the guidelines BDM has stipulated, your special day is still very special filled with romance, light-hearted moments and also a time to be serious. You choose the location within the Tauranga region - my house, your house, a park or at the beach.


I am fortunate to have attended The Celebrant School in Titirangi and to have been tutored by amazing celebrants who are all successful practising celebrants with many years of experience between them. I have successfully completed the Certificate in Celebrant Studies as well as my studies as a journalist which have strengthened my ability to interview you and write your own story, with your personalities shining through.

I love nature, that’s why I enjoy tramping - I regard this as a time to ground myself. I enjoy mountain biking as well as a game of squash with friends. I am also an amateur photographer of nature and people - and many times of weddings held in my backyard.

I have been a registered CANZ celebrant since 2013 and have officiated weddings, funerals and memorial services as well as baby naming ceremonies. I have also done many room blessings after loved ones have passed. Each of these was unique in their own right and I felt privileged to be part of such memorable and special times in people’s lives.

I am honoured to be a Registered Independent Validated Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant (VCANZ), a Member of CANZ as well as the Editor of Pãnui, the Official Journal of CANZ.


"My oh my, Karin was the best celebrant we could have ever imagined! Not only did she put in SO MUCH effort before the big day- meeting with us, showing us drafts of the ceremony, having a quick rehearsal with us and telling us just what to expect... but she also totally delivered on the big day. She was sweet, funny, genuine and super professional. We had a small family and friends gathering and it was perfect. There were no nerves, just fun, love and ease. I would highly recommend Karin to anyone wanting a truly beautiful but natural and fun wedding ceremony. Also - she went above and beyond and had a microphone, music set up and suggested little touches like having a toast with all of our guests, getting our guests to also say ‘I do’ to supporting us in life, etc. It feels like our wedding day was perfect, and Karin was a big part of making it feel so special. Thanks Karin! We will never forget the part you played." - Maxine and Jaron

"So grateful to you for making our day the special funny enjoyable and memorable experience that reflected our natures so truly." - Kay and Tony

"It is not an easy task to choose a marriage celebrant for your special day when you do not know any personally and none have been recommended to you. To make it more difficult I had just moved to a new city where I had not had enough time to get to know anyone who could help me. I went online with my fingers crossed hoping I would find that perfect fit for me and my fiancé. From my first contact with Karin everything just fell into place and I felt like I had known her forever. I wanted a very informal, small wedding consisting of a handful of people in our home garden, with no bells or whistles. Karin performed the most amazing, emotional and sincere ceremony just perfect for me and my husband. She is so personable, multi-talented, caring and takes every effort that the ceremony she conducts is perfect to the couple and their special day. I highly recommend Karin to any couples looking for that perfect ceremony, prepared especially and individually to reflect them. No matter how big or small your wedding, she is perfect for the job." - Anne and Gary

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