NZ Wedding Celebrant

Steff Moore – New Zealand Alternative Wedding Celebrant

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It’s true! I am a registered NZ wedding celebrant and can perform your dream gothic, steampunk, metal, LBGT, rock’n’roll and other alternative wedding ceremony anywhere in New Zealand.

(I am also now an ordained minister of the American Marriage Ministry, a non-denominational, interfaith church dedicated to the belief that all couples have the right to choose who can marry them. This means I’m also able to perform marriage ceremonies in most US states.)

The wedding ceremony is your moment – when the two of you publicly declare your love for each other and your intention to stay together forever … or at least until the zombie apocalypse, and then it’s every goth for him/herself.

You’ve got a pretty unique style and outlook on life, and you want to incorporate this into your wedding ceremony. Perhaps you’ve talked to a few New Zealand wedding celebrants already, but they’re less than receptive to your wacky ideas. Maybe you would love your celebrant to dress as Morticia Addams, or maybe you’d like to swear your love by the Gods of Heavy Metal, or maybe you want someone who’d be comfortable performing a ceremony in a Victorian corset while standing on a moving steam train?

If so, I’m your celebrant. I can perform legal marriage ceremonies for alternative couples in any area of New Zealand (and most of the US!). I’m happy to perform ceremonies for any couple in any path of life – including gay, lesbian and transgender wedding ceremonies.

My clients include heavy metal musicians, pagan/esoteric ceremonies, gay and lesbian weddings, Alice in Wonderland and Lord of the Rings themes, Gothic Victorian wonderlands, and any couple who is looking for a celebrant who respects and embraces their unique style.

As part of my celebrant services I will:

  • walk you through the legal neccessities of a New Zealand wedding ceremony.
  • help you write your own personal wedding vows.
  • give you ideas and inspiration for planning all elements of your alternative wedding ceremony.
  • acquiesce to any of your crazy, wacky and out-there ceremony ideas.
Your wedding doesn’t have to be crazy, spooky or kooky to get me on board. As long as you’re looking to create an original event that reflects your personalities and values as a couple, I am here to help.

Being able to have Steff as the celebrant for our Wedding was one of the aspects of our big day that we were most excited about. Not only because Steff is someone so special to us but also because we knew she was someone who would be completely open to our ideas and full of creative ideas of her own.

Having Steff’s book ‘Gothic Wedding Planner’ was an amazing help and then to have her in person to perform the ceremony was like having a Friend, Celebrant, and Wedding Planner all rolled into one. Steff has innate sense of fun that makes you feel that she is just as excited about your day as you are and she is bursting with ideas and advice on how to make it all awesome.

Steff listened carefully to all our ideas about how we wanted the Ceremony and managed to co-ordinate them into a working document for us to go over. Steff was great at picking up on anything we might have missed and she is easy to approach and open to any changes you might want to make in your brideziller moments.

Steff gave us a ceremony that was uniquely us and still managed to incorporate the wishes and needs of our different family personalities and backgrounds (no small task). Steff was an amazing support through the whole process. We would absolutely recommend her as a celebrant to anyone getting married. With all the things to worry about while planning your big day with Steff on board your ceremony will not be one of them.

– Andrea Dick

I now perform all wedding ceremonies using an iPad, so there’s no awkward paper shuffling and I can easily accommodate multiple documents and ceremony readings for other participants.

I currently live in Auckland, but I’d be happy to come to wherever you are to perform your New Zealand wedding ceremony. Contact me to talk dates, times and the Gods of Heavy Metal.

Here’s what couples are saying about my celebrant services:

“Steff was so supportive with all of the different rituals we wanted in our ceremony and even dressed up as a wizard for us because of our medieval theme! She was extremely professional with all of the legal requirements and kept on top of when we needed to get the necessary documentation. She even went the extra mile in providing us with research she had completed on our handfasting ritual and edited our ceremony outline so that it flowed beautifully.

She was calm and centered during the rehearsal, while being firm with the people that weren’t taking it so seriously and gave us the confidence that everything would be alright on the day. We couldn’t imagine anyone being so perfect as Steff to marry us and would totally recommend her to anyone wanting a celebrant who has all the skills and the wonderful personality to go with them!”
– Jen Knoeson, Auckland (Lord of the Rings, Elven wedding ceremony).

We were thrilled to have Steff perform our wedding for us. She accommodated the rituals and songs that we had decided were important for us and was more than happy to involve our family in a way that made us happy. She helped us organise the way the whole ceremony would work. I would recommend Steff to anyone with an idea for wedding that will truly reflect your selves and stand out from the rest!”
– Aaron Dick, Auckland (Medieval picnic wedding ceremony)

“Steff was absolutely fantastic. Our wedding was perfect and our ceremony was a complete reflection of our personalities. Our Heavy Metal ceremony on stage, was exactly what we wanted, Steff gave us room to put our own touches on everything and was the only person I would ever imagined to have performed the ceremony. Steff completely understood what we wanted and that we wanted a relaxed informal ceremony with some high fives and a few laughs and helped us to make it exactly that!

I would recommend Steff as a celebrant to anyone who wants their ceremony to be totally unique, whether it be following a theme, or wanting something simple to reflect the both of you….Steff is awesome!”
– Chrissy Scarfe, Auckland (Heavy metal wedding ceremony)

Want to read more from happy couples? Check out my listing and reviews on the Wedding Wise website.

Weddings I have officiated:

A Heavy Metal Lovefest – Lee and Chrissy – November 2011

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Lee and Chrissy on stage at the King’s Arms

Lee and Chrissy are two of the most dedicated metalheads I know, working tirelessly not only to make their own music, but to help bring international bands to New Zealand and promote local talent. It’s no wonder they chose the Kings Arms Tavern – one of the best live music venues in Auckland and a place of fond memories of gigs and shows – for their wedding venue. This wedding was a testament to how much this couple means to so many people, with friends of the couple performing their favorite songs, taking photographs, helping with decorations and giving heartfelt and hilarious speeches. It was an honour to marry Lee and Chrissy (my first ever wedding ceremony) right on stage, and bear witness as they swore their love by the Gods of Heavy Metal.

Read more about this unique wedding on my alternative wedding blog, and check out their band: Forsaken Age!

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Lee and Chrissy’s wedding photography by Laudanum Maryluxe

A Romanic Medieval Picnic – Aaron and Andrea, February 2012

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Andy and Aaron share their first kiss as husband and wife

There’s nothing more special in the world then being able to marry your two closest friends. Andrea and Aaron are two of the bubbliest, kindest people I know, and as a result they had nearly 150 people to celebrate with them. Their wedding combined several different aspects of their personalities – from their love of medieval history to their outdoorsyness to their chilled out personalities. The guests were treated to a swordfighting display, followed by a heartfelt ceremony and a picnic dinner overlooking the water. Medieval dancing and a surprise visit from Mr. Whippy made this an unforgettable night. Andy and Aaron’s dedication to their loved ones was evident in every aspect of this wedding, from their speeches to their thank-you gifts to the way they made every person feel like their most special friend. It was an honour to be part of their day.

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Andy and Aaron’s wedding Photography by AMK Photography

For more information and inspiration for same-sex couples seeking weddings in New Zealand, check out Marry Me Gay.