Kia ora all couples!! I’m Jason… Your potential Queenstown wedding celebrant and MC. In 2004 I moved from my roots in America to Aotearoa, New Zealand, and have called the lakes and mountains of Tāhuna, Queenstown, home ever since. 

My professional career has been driven by a passion for hospitality and a desire to create meaningful experiences for others. After many years in the catering and planning side of weddings, becoming a celebrant was a chance to explore the more emotive aspects of such a special day. Of course with my background in the industry and lots of local contacts I can offer real and practical advise all along your wedding planning journey. But as your celebrant I’d love to learn about you and your story and create a ceremony that’s uniquely yours. And as your MC, I’ll be the go-to guy for you and all your guests… Directing the day with just the right amount of boss energy to keep things moving, and hosting with a friendly smile to make sure everyone has the best time.

Some of my favourite wedding ceremony experiences include a winter elopement on the Remarkables mountain range via private helicopter, a small and intimate ceremony on the veranda of historic cottage, and an impressively large wedding at Royalburn Station. I’ve been so busy helping awesome couples like you married, that I’ve yet to marry my partner of 16 years! We first met when I was casually dating his flatmate (oops!) and when I saw him mowing the lawns I knew I was in real trouble… It was pretty much love at first sight. That’s my little love story, I can’t wait to meet you and hear yours!




Craziest wedding story: “when a bridesmaid attempted to jump into her boyfriend’s arms on the dance floor… But she missed and landed on the wedding cake!”

Queenstown wedding celebrant Jason

Jason’s Reviews

“Hey Jase, just wanted to say thank you so much for Saturday. Everyone said you were amazing to work with and you were exactly what. wewere after as our celebrant and MC. Thank you so much for tailoring the ceremony to us and being so flexible with everything.” – Rach & Matt, 24th February 2024

“Jason! Thank you for being such a huge part of our day. We could not have done any of it without you. We are so thankful knowing we had an incredible team supporting us” – Lexie & Kieran, 22nd February 2024


No matter the size or style of your wedding, what you get from YBD is always the same comprehensive and professional service. We tick all the legal boxes, but have a lot of fun along the way!

What to expect from YBD:

  • A personalised wedding ceremony, just for you
  • Guidance on writing your own wedding vows and provide examples if you wish
  • Help applying for your New Zealand Marriage Licence to make it super easy
  • Help in obtaining your New Zealand Marriage Certificate
  • Personalised recommendations for other wedding industry suppliers and vendors that fit your personal style and budget
  • And always be available for questions on anything Queenstown or wedding related

We want to learn more about your wedding plans and ideas, and answer any questions that you might have…say hello using the form below.