Five years of beautiful gay wedding ceremonies in NZ

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Five years of beautiful gay wedding ceremonies in NZ

It’s been five years since the law changed allowing gay wedding ceremonies in New Zealand! It was back on 5th September 2013 I performed my first gay wedding ceremony after the New Zealand Government ratified same-sex marriages. As a result, I have been so lucky to have met a huge number of women and men from New Zealand and overseas. All are deeply in love and just wanted to get married in gay wedding ceremonies. 

As it stands, a large number of countries STILL haven’t legalised same-sex marriage. Meaning many couples choose to have their gay weddings in New Zealand. So when couples arrive in New Zealand, they are understandably both relieved and ecstatic to be here. Certainly, couples realise they are one giant step closer to making their dream a reality by marrying the person they love.

Each same-sex couple has a unique journey

Each couple has a different story to share with me, and each has been on their own journey to get to this point in their lives. Thankfully many have had their choice to get married wholeheartedly embraced by their families! Unfortunately, some aren’t able to share their decision with anyone for fear of ostracism or even displacement from families.

Beautiful and memorable gay wedding ceremonies

A few years back two overseas ladies contacted me a year and a half before their wedding to book me. They had booked an idyllic Waiheke Island venue for their gay wedding ceremony. On the big day, both ladies appeared on the arm of a parent and together walked halfway along the path. At that point, they embraced their parents and the ladies walked the rest of the way to meet me. Above all their romantic same-sex wedding ceremony was special because of the magic the couple brought to the day. As well as their family’s unconditional love for them, and the beautifully touching vows each had written.

More recently I performed a fabulous gay wedding for two men, also on Waiheke Island. The weather that day was simply perfect for their gay wedding ceremony. A large group of their family and friends from New Zealand and overseas were invited to watch the dashing couple wed. The ceremony was a celebration full of love and laughter. So as a result, there were not many dry eyes once the men read their beautifully, touching vows to each other.

Kara and Lissy's wedding cereony with Auckland Celebrant

Photo courtesy of Phillipa Karn Photography on Waiheke Island

What a wonderful five years of gay weddings!

I feel so privileged and blessed to have met every one of my beautiful same-sex couples and perform their gay wedding ceremonies. Because in every situation, the undying love that they have is whole-hearted and undisputed.

Same-sex couples have had a tougher journey to get to the altar compared with their heterosexual friends. So I think about this when I pronounce couples married at the end of gay wedding ceremonies. As above all else, it’s their elation and rapture at that moment because they are now wed, and their same-sex relationship is now respected equally. And that is simply awe-inspiring to see!

If you are planning your gay wedding – I would love to talk to you! So get in touch with me. Let’s chat through how I will custom design a personalised, beautiful and unique gay wedding ceremony especially for your big day.


Glenys xx

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