THE IMPORTANT STUFF
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Contact me to check your date and set up an initial meeting at no cost. Then if it feels right to have me as your celebrant you can confirm your date with a deposit. We will then meet to discuss and plan your ceremony and I will draft your wedding for your approval. We will finalise and agree on your ceremony and a day or two before the wedding have a rehearsal.
I can help you whether you know exactly what you want or you don’t know where to start. There are very few laws in New Zealand covering a wedding ceremony so you can be as creative or traditional as you want. I have over 25 years experience as a celebrant and I am comfortable with whatever you are looking for and can accommodate all couples.
WHAT WILL IT COST
Our initial meeting while you are deciding whether to use me or not is free. My all inclusive charge for a wedding is $600. This covers all the meetings we have, drafting a very personalised wedding for you, attending the rehearsal and being there on the day. Travel is included in the price within the greater Wellington region.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
In regard to your ceremony you will need to set your date and venue then contact me. We can talk about the ceremony and I will advise you on what elements you need by law and then we will create the rest together. You will need to get a wedding licence within 90 days of your wedding which you do through the Department of Internal Affairs.
There is so much to think about when you are planning a wedding. When it comes to your ceremony I can put your mind at rest with any questions you might have. A catch up or a phone call and I can guide you through the entire process, point you in the right direction and offer you advice gained from my many years of experience.
IN GOOD HANDS
Two examples of feedback. "Steve was a fabulous celebrant. Throughout the whole process he was available, supportive and completely understood that we wanted a personalised ceremony." "It's hard to imagine the day going so perfectly without Steve. He went out of his way to make sure that we were understood as a couple and that this was reflected on our special day."
ABOUT STEVE DOUGHTY
The greatest compliment I ever received was the mother of the bride telling me it felt like I had known her daughter for years. My goal is to make everyone feel like that.
Steve has been the marriage celebrant at many weddings around New Zealand over the last 25 years. He has delighted many couples and their guests with his professional and relaxed style. He will put everyone at ease while maintaining the importance of your wedding day in an uncompromising way.
Married to Chrissy with three married children and six grandchildren makes family a high priority for him. When time allows he enjoys fly fishing, hunting and mountain biking.
Steve is a business consultant specialising in the business growth through the development of strong teams and positive company culture. His emphasis in all he does is on people first and he places high value on those principles.