The fine print
It's important that your celebrant feels like a good fit for the two of you, after all when it boils down to it they're going to be standing next to you as you say some of the most personal things you've ever said to each other. I'm happy to chat over the phone/skype, or better yet, in person over a coffee (ie wine), so we can get a feel for each other and chat about your plans. There is no obligation to book me, and promise not to be that pushy guy who tries to talk you in to anything that doesn't feel right.
Once you've confirmed you want me to marry you, the fun begins! I'll send you some snail mail goodies to get you thinking about the sort of ceremony you'd like. I can write as much or as little of the ceremony itself as you'd like me to - if you're a wordsmith with loads of ideas, fantastic! If you've never been to a wedding in your life and don't have a clue where to start, I'm here to help! There is only one line you need to say to be legally married in NZ - at some point, you must both state each other's full names and that you take each other to be your legal husband or wife, the rest is entirely open to interpretation. This can be both brilliant and overwhelming- wherever you sit on that spectrum I'm happy to walk you through the process.
You will be responsible for obtaining the marriage license - this can be done any time in the three months preceding your wedding, and ideally around a month before the date you have planned (this gives you some flexibility in the highly unlikely event that you need to change your date). It takes a minimum of three days to obtain a license, so this is NOT something to be left at the bottom of your to do list!
$450 is my standard rate to marry you. A $100 deposit will be payable once you confirm your date. This is non-refundable as it covers all the pre-ceremony stuff like any meetings, drafting your ceremony, advising around logistics. The balance will be due the week before the wedding, to save you having to worry about paying bills when you should be enjoying wedded bliss! There may be additional costs for travel if you're outside the Wellington region.