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You're not a boring couple, and so your wedding ceremony doesn't have to be boring either, right?! Your celebrant's job is to get you legally married, but at YBD we like to make sure you have a ceremony that's unique and personal with a few laughs along the way. 😊 We're a bunch of young, fresh and creative celebrants led by YBD founder Charlotte Winkel. Your YBD celebrant will make sure that your wedding day kicks off with an awesome ceremony designed with and for you. It's a bit of a team effort as we listen to your ideas, guide you through the legal paperwork, learn more about you and your story, help you write your own wedding vows, and work together to create a ceremony that's meaningful to you. 👍

Every couple is different and so every wedding ceremony is different.

Your YBD celebrant can service all kinds of weddings including short and sweet elopements, fun micro-weddings, safe social distancing ceremonies, LGBTQI+ marriages, heli-weddings, themed celebrations, hike-and-get-hitched adventures, and more! We're based across Queenstown and Wanaka but available for weddings anywhere in New Zealand. 💍

Check out the YBD Wedding Blog for practical wedding advice and fun wedding inspo

Some of our most popular blog posts include: 💜 5 Wedding Traditions and How To Break Them 💜 Dr Seuss Wedding Vows 💜 How To Get Your NZ Marriage Licence In 3 Simple Steps 💜 5 Ways To Include Your Kids In Your Wedding Ceremony

Choose a celebrant who's right for you

Our team of fun and friendly celebrants continues to grow and we're confident you'll find someone who's right for you. No matter which YBD celebrant you choose we all guarantee you the same extensive knowledge and great service with lots of fun along the way. Head to the YBD website and social media pages to meet the team and find out who we are and what we can do for you.

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  • teganwells
    May 25, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Charlotte, what an absolute star of a human! We were quite nervous about the Ceremony and had know idea what it would look like, or how it would go. After a wine together and a couple of calls, Charlotte got us so excited and amping for the Ceremony. Charlotte gave us heaps of great ideas on how to personalise the Ceremony, gave us an idea of the structure, checked our vows and generally put our minds at ease. She really set the tone for what would be a cracker of a wedding – from the get-go it was fun, relaxed, comical, and brimming with love. She really did an incredible job, and we are so thankful for all her help. We cannot recommend Charlotte and YBD enough! Thank you thank you thank you!
    Much love, Tegan & Elliot

    P.S included in Charlotte’s repertoire is the ability to take a bourbon shot like a champ (on our request), relaxing a crowd after the bride falls down the stairs prior to the Ceremony, and seamlessly making a stray cat look like a valued guest.

    • YourBigDay
      June 21, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review and for all your kind words!! Tegan and Elliot, what an amazing couple you were to work with. Everything flowed so easily and you had me laughing from our first wine date right through to watching your epic trash the dress footage on Instagram after your wedding!! I’m pleased you found the Your Big Day process easy and fun. I was so happy to see that Tegan made it down the aisle without any tumbles (lol!) and the cat gatecrashing your ceremony was hilarious. Thanks again, Charlotte

  • GeorgiaMitchell
    June 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Charlotte,
    Thank you so much for being our celebrant at our wedding. You did an amazing job and made us feel comfortable. We were both nervous about the ceremony but as soon as I got out of the car you were there to meet me to check in and made me feel calm instantly!
    We also had a few guests comment on how lovely the celebrant was! And they also said it was amazing that we only met you the day before because they said it felt like you already knew us!
    Thank you for coming on board at very short notice (two weeks).

    We also loved the humor you added to the ceremony.

    Thanks again,
    Georgia and Morgan

    • YourBigDay
      June 21, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Geogria, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review and for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to marry you and Morgan on your spontaneous Queenstown wedding day! I’m glad to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your ceremony and all the laughs along the way. All the best with the big move overseas and hope to reconnect when you’re back in New Zealand in the future. Much love, Charlotte.

  • AshleighS94
    July 28, 2021 at 11:23 am

    We hired Charlotte as our celebrant as she was a part of our package through ‘Shaken and Stirred Weddings’ (If you haven’t looked them up already, do it now!!)

    As our celebrant, Charlotte delivered the most BEAUTIFUL ceremony, it was individual, and specific to us. It brought on lots of laughter, and a few tears, and it was so special how it so accurately represented my husband and I as a couple; she truly makes the ceremony your own.
    Aside from that she was fun and vibrant with a smile from ear to ear. This isn’t a job for Charlotte, this is her passion, and she showed it through her words and actions. It was such a blessing to have her as part of our ceremony to share our excitement.

    PSST.. did you know if you go through Shaken and Stirred Weddings, Charlotte can also help plan your WHOLE wedding 😉 & she will go ABOVE and BEYOND to make sure you have the MOST perfect day!

    • QWA
      August 16, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Ashleigh!! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I’m really pleased that you and Wian loved your ceremony. You were total superstars to work with and I had such a blast planning and delivering your ceremony. Much love, Charlotte.

  • KimberleyMcLachlan
    January 11, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Siobháin was our celebrant in Wanaka on the 10.12.2021. WOW, she was incredible. Our ceremony was absolutely our favourite part, it was so full of love, laughter and all of the unique anecdotes that make us special as a couple. We had so many guests comment on how much they loved it. Ceremonies don’t have to be boring or by the book! Siobháin was so easy to communicate and connect with and we are so grateful for her attention to detail and beautifully written ceremony, we knew she was a great fit after meeting over zoom. This gal also dressed to match our colour scheme which was the icing on the cake. A huge thank you for all of the time and energy you put into our wedding day Siobháin. X

    Thanks also to Charlotte for letting us use her microphone system and for offering a truly next level group of celebrants. Much love, Kim and Stephen x

    • YourBigDay
      January 19, 2022 at 6:39 am

      Thank you Kim and Stephen for such a lovely review. Siobháin absolutely loved working with you in preparing and presenting your wedding ceremony. You both looked so happy and in love the whole time. We’re glad you got the amazing wedding day you both deserved and that your ceremony was the highlight! x

  • [email protected]
    February 21, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I had my wedding on 18 December 2021, Charlotte did an amazing job as our celebrant! gave a vibrant and exciting feeling to our special day!

    It was really cold on top of Cecil peak, we know Charlotte suffered it, but still was able to handle it and it was definitely an amazing day that we’ll never forget! we loved that Charlotte included Mumu our small fur baby to our special day!

    I would give 6 stars if I could! Amazing job 🙂

    • YourBigDay
      February 24, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Carlos and Wan-Zhu! It was a cold but beautiful ceremony and so special to share a memorable time with you and Mumu. Thanks for your kind words and lovely reivew.

  • James_and_Kristhea
    February 27, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Charlotte – where do we even begin! From the the initial contact of requesting her to be our celebrant, down to the last minute changes, she has been an absolute superstar to work with. We loved how easy it was from the get go. Although we primarily communicated via email, Charlotte looked after the legal side of our wedding with top-notch professionalism. Nothing was complicated, the process from point A to B was a breeze!

    Charlotte wrote the most heartwarming ceremony for us, which was delivered by the lovely Emily on the day. Despite Covid throwing surprises at us at the eleventh hour, Yourbigday team ensured our day went smoothly.

    Charlotte (also 1/2 of Shaken and Stirred Weddings) made the whole experience stress-free and allowed us to incorporate our personalities in the ceremony (dice roll, anyone?). Emily was incredible on the day! Even though we only met her literally a few minutes before getting married, she officiated our wedding with such a genuine warmth and enthusiasm. She flawlessly delivered our ceremony and went out of her way as the best hype person / confetti thrower / skirt smoother.

    If you are planning to get married in Queenstown, look no further! You have an A++ team right here.

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