What is a wedding?

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It can simply be the marking of a next step in a relationship that has already been established.

A step that in its shape and form of a celebration  - might be  more important to others than it is to you.
But is it not an outward manifestation … of an inner process ….that only the two of you…. know and understand….?
A ritual that transforms the yesterdays of two individuals into the tomorrows of two personalities entwined forever and unable to return to who they were before such ritual.

A moment in time that you enter ….
with a raised awareness of your choice…
and in YOUR chosen space and form
making it your “significant moment”….

Allow Anke to touch your lives on your special day and assist and guide you in the process of expressing who you are individually and as a couple.

Life experiences collected across Asia, living and working among different cultures for some 40 years and work experience of 35 years as a childbirth educator and birth support have opened her heart to two of the three most sacred moments in life: birth and marriage. In this process she has overcome perceived boundaries and protocols. She honours all beliefs and serves those who wish to express them. striving to capture the emotions in words that become memories… forever.


Whatever your personality, style, beliefs and preferences may be, contact Anke for an obligation-free chat about your wedding and let her introduce you to options. Services are offered in English and German, with assistance  in composition, also in French.
Her enthusiasm in being with and inspiring her clients through her compassion, inner presence, warmth, humour and spirit ensure ceremonies delivered with elegance, heart and soul!



I want to get married. What do I need to know?

You can either have a personalised or a registry ceremony with Anke  

You need to apply for a marriage licence with BDM (Births Deaths Marriages - see below link In the online application process you will need to decide the type of ceremony you want. The differences are significant, so is the fee!

Before you apply for the licence:
• Book your celebrant  EARLY in your planning, especially if you want a PERSONALISED weekend summer wedding on the beach. There are preferred weekends and Anke may not be available on weekends for a REGISTRY-style wedding as most couples prefer a personalised ceremony on a weekend. 

• Arrange for 2 people to be your witnesses and book a venue (include an alternative in case of bad weather – both are NECESSARY for the licence application!)
NOTE:  In case of an outdoor public venue (beach / reserve, park etc) around the Coromandel you MUST obtain a “event permit” from the local Council (Thames Coromandel District Council for the Coromandel Peninsula area) or in some cases the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Clients are advised to check with their local Council or DOC to find out about any requirements for permits in Otago! 

For all information, including fees,  application of marriage licence and certificate go to:

Please NOTE that the licence is only valid for 3 months from date of application.                 

Do not apply before 3 months!


More on planning, booking & budgeting for your CELEBRANT

More on planning, booking & budgeting for your CELEBRANT

Dress, flowers, cake, venue decorations etc make your CELEBRATION.

Your Celebrant makes or breaks your CEREMONY - the highlight of your day...

A first thought to reflect upon....                                                                                                 

How important is your ceremony and celebrant? This is the person who you trust will make the highlight of your day – a personalised ceremony – into the memorable, elegant and yet fun moment that you and your guests will want to cherish in their memories.  You can decide whether your big moment IS the highlight of your day and deserves a ranking of importance in your budget.... (see booking options below)

A word about your wedding celebrant:
Celebrants have moved on from being the person in the community “who can do it” and has some style of doing it, to becoming a profession of its own – complete with training, ongoing professional development, administration, advertising and competitive pricing. However, so far, the way each celebrant operates is left to their choice, skills and preferences. Needless to say that the differences can be huge. The bad news is: it’s a jungle out there and you got to find your way through it if your ceremony is of importance to you! The good news is: there ARE choices and finding the perfect match for your personality, style and wishes will be hugely rewarding! Have fun talking to a bunch of these interesting people who often bring such a wide variety of life experiences and character to their work which many of them do less for a living (not many who can live of it!) than for the sheer joy of being there for and with their clients throughout the planning process and on their big day! Anyway, that’s where Anke is coming from….

Couples who are normally resident in NZ and do not require much (local services or/ and travel etc) consultation beyond the ceremony itself have these OPTIONS with Anke as their registered INDEPENDANT as well as REGISTRY celebrant:

OPTION I – The fully PERSONALISED  "DELUXE" option                          
Your FIRST contact with Anke will invite you to an obligation-free consultation and get-to-know discussion (by phone / skype call if location poses problems for a personal meeting). If subsequently booked (by BOOKING FORM & DEPOSIT of 50 % of invoiced amount), her service fee then covers all follow-up telephone / personal discussions and e-mails to provide ceremonial choices based on YOUR ideas and wishes, up to 3 draft reviews, one 30 min rehearsal and of course, the wedding day ceremony itself at the venue and legally required handling of documents. Additional travel / time charges for further afield venues around DUNEDIN to be discussed!                        

OPTION II - “KISS & GO”                                                                                   
Not much planning & no “homework” for you, but a beautiful ceremony with a touch of YOU and created with heart and soul for you after an interview and discussion 
Just choose your vows, a reading/ poem and provide some basic keywords about yourselves, your hi/story and an overall description of the style you aspire to achieve for the ceremony and leave the rest to Anke for a  shorter, "no frills", but stylish ceremony. Minimal draft review or re-editing. 

OPTION III - "NO FUSS" (officiation) –  mainly the paperwork                             
Sometimes circumstances or personal preferences ask for a quick plan and a “ceremonial officiation” with a touch of class beautiful words delivered with style and at your place and time of choosing, but no personalisation except for personal vows (if you wish) 


OPTION IV - REGISTRY Ceremony - Different from the above 3 options which are directly booked with Anke, this Registry ceremony is BOOKED through the BDM online marriage licence application when you click REGISTRY Ceremony and your location. However, Anke is happy to talk to you beforehand to answer any questions you may have. This is offered for a wedding in or close to her new residence in DUNEDIN (from FEBRUARY 22!).  There are no optional choices for this style of ceremony.  It is given to Anke as a pre-written text in a certain format from BDM. Anke does not offer travel to other locations for this option and the fee of $ 90 is paid to Anke on the day (or preferably before so you don't have to walk down the aisle with money in your hand... :)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

GERMAN  speaking couples who normally live outside of NZ - please go to the page HEIRATEN IN NEUSEELAND under the German language button! 


AVAILABILITY  for  2021/ 22 season:

Due to her relocation to DUNEDIN in late 2021, Anke will only be available for services from around February 2022! 


In need for more?

In need for more?

Add-on services:

Add-on services (in conjunction with option I only)
Especially in catering for her overseas clients, Anke offers also:

  • - Ceremonies or parts thereof in German and French



Births, Deaths and Marriages (marriage licence & certificate):

Thames Coromandel District Council
(event permits for your public venue on the beach etc):

Celebrants Association NZ: