Did you know Same-sex marriage became legal in New Zealand on 19 August 2013?
That means we have been celebrating fabulous same-sex weddings for over 3 years now – something that we are very proud of!
New Zealand is the first country in Oceania, the fourth in the Southern Hemisphere, and the fifteenth overall to allow same-sex couples to marry.
In August 2016, Statistics New Zealand reported that 2,118 same-sex couples married in New Zealand in the three years following the new law passing. Approximately 970 of those marriages were between couples from abroad, mostly from Australia.
“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” — Loretta Young
Here in Queenstown, nestled amongst some of the most jaw dropping scenery you will ever encounter, amongst the realms of middle earth, the South Island boasts the perfect location to plan your intimate elope or packed out party destination wedding! We believe our little piece of paradise will provide you and your guests with everything you could wish for and more, with a variety of first class wedding planners, florists, photographers, entertainers and a supplier to suit everyone’s specifics and budget!
“He aroha- Te aroha” Love is Love.
– The mantra of one of our local Celebrants Philippa Thomas
Whether a man loves a woman, a woman loves a woman, or a man loves a man, it really makes no difference. After the laws around the world started changing, we stood up and showed all that true love will always prevail, and that’s an encouraging thing to hear, especially now that the Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage a constitutional right.
“Where there is love there is life.” — Mahatma Gandhi
We’ve come a long way in the past few decades, but we certainly have a long way to go when it comes to gay and lesbian rights around the entire globe. Here in Queenstown we are honored to be able to provide this service and welcome you and your loved one to share with us our beautiful back yard on the most magical day of your lives!
“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” — Gilbert Parker
Legalizing same sex marriage has the possibility to make a world of change for so many members of the LGBT community. From tax benefits to the ability to adopt to hospital visitation rights, every couple should have these benefits. You don’t choose who you love — and more than anything else, no one should be able to tell you who you can and cannot love.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” — Dalai Lama
Discover New Zealand and celebrate your love by sharing it with an entourage of your closest friends and family. Contact our suppliers to ensure your day is one to remember!