Helping you celebrate your special day

Vicki McLachlan - Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant - Wairarapa, New Zealand

I make sure that your ceremony is everything that you want it to be by providing you with the level of professional service you should expect from a celebrant, combined with the personal touches that reflect your wishes.  I will help you to design a ceremony around what is most meaningful to you.

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About me

Hi I’m Vicki

I’m passionate about working with couples, hearing their stories and helping them create their ceremony.

I’m a Wairarapa-based Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant. Together with wedding ceremonies, I also specialise in civil unions, renewal of vows and commitment ceremonies.

I love being a celebrant and this is reflected in my service – personal and engaging. It’s a real privilege to be working alongside a couple at such a special and significant time in their lives.

Your ceremony sets the scene for the rest of your day. That’s why I will ensure that it is meaningful and reflects your values and vision.

I believe that every couple should celebrate their commitment to each other in whatever way works for them. This could be a big formal wedding or a small ceremony with a couple of witnesses. Do it your way and I will be right there with you helping you make your ceremony one to remember.

There's a lot to organise leading up to your big day... lots to do and to think about. I’d love to be part of your planning, by offering my guidance to get your ceremony ‘just right’ so that you can relax and feel comfortable and confident when the big day arrives.


I will guide you through the process to make it all stress-free and fun – from running you through how it all works (including the legal bits), to creating your ceremony, rehearsing, and officiating on the day.


 My Services 

What you receive when you choose me as your celebrant:

  • ​A no obligation meeting to talk about your ideas and how we can work together.


  • My commitment, as a New Zealand registered Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant, to ensure a legal valid marriage or civil union.


  • All meetings leading up to your special day. This includes the initial meeting to get to know each other and begin planning the ceremony and any additional meetings for confirmation and finalisation of ceremony details. These can be done face-to-face or via Skype, and can be done at my place (in Carterton), your place or at a mutually convenient location.


  • Email or phone communication to refine your ceremony.


  • The creation of a unique, personalised and sincere ceremony that is everything you want it to be, from the first draft to final approved version, in full consultation with you.


  • Great ideas, support and resources to enhance your ceremony.


  • Consultation with you as to how I dress, so that I complement your ceremony party and reflect your dress code.


  • Rehearsal at your venue, or an agreed alternative, in the days prior to your ceremony. This is not essential but is recommended.


  • Travel to your venue within the Wairarapa region. Please note that travel to venues outside of the Wairarapa region will incur an additional fee.


  • My arrival at least 30 minutes before the agreed ceremony start time.


  • My provision of a professional quality PA system.


  • Registering your marriage or civil union with the Department of Internal Affairs.


  • A special keepsake copy of your ceremony script.

It's normally about 6-8 hours work from end to end.

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Contact Me

To find out more about how I can help you or to check my availability, please call me on 022 158 8211 or complete the online form below.
I will respond to you within 48 hours.

Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand

We Do

Kind words & happy snaps

"Vicki, you were just the best celebrant and we are so grateful to you for making the ceremony so personal and special. You are awesome."

Brenda and Larry

"We felt that Vicki was able to grasp exactly what we wanted and could tailor her service to be a professional, classy, but low-key, low-budget affair that exactly suited what we were looking for."

Lucy and Erin

"Our wedding day was very important to us and we wanted someone we could completely trust. Vicki was amazing; wise, fun, and helpful, she provided lots of great ideas and was completely relaxed about whether we chose any of them or not. That is the special thing about Vicki, she is so easy to work with, she helped our planning, lead the celebration so well and was a joy to have around. We cannot recommend her more highly."

"From the moment we contacted Vicki she was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Leading up to the wedding day Vicki was very professional however relaxed in her approach which made the whole experience a pleasure for us. Vicki also provided excellent advice for the ceremony and some useful examples to assist us with our vows. On the wedding day Vicki was relaxed and was an integral part in making the ceremony a wonderful experience. We would not hesitate to recommend Vicki to others!"

Yumi and Shane

"We loved the reading and the feel of our ceremony. It was lighthearted yet serious, funny yet meaningful, and suited our relaxed brief. Thank you so much Vicki. Our ceremony was everything we dreamed of and more. While our whole day was wonderful, we both agree that this was hands down the best part.

Zoe and Shaun

Christine and Simon

"We really want to thank you for making us feel as comfortable on the day as we could possibly be. Your casual and warm yet professional approach is amazing and we really appreciate it. Sincere thanks again for being there."

Jacqui and Simon

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