Hello nearly-weds, I’m Emily! I came to beautiful New Zealand in 2008 from Canada looking to make friends and memories to add to my travel scrapbook. I only intended to stay in Aotearoa for a few months but I fell in love with Queenstown and knew I wanted to make this place my home. 

After many years I’m still a hopeless romantic, obsessed with everything that Queenstown has to offer, and determined never to take it for granted. I enjoy soaking up the scenery, climbing any mountain possible, eating at the most fabulous restaurants and drinking the delicious local wine.

With sixteen plus years experience in the hospitality industry I’ve met, worked with, served and partied with people from all over the world. I get such a kick out of delivering an excellent experience for people, especially visitors to our awesome little town, it’s a real win-win for me. 

I decided to become a wedding celebrant to combine my love of entertaining with my love of all things wedding! From an initial meet and greet and ceremony planning to the pre-ceremony butterflies (yes I get those healthy excited nerves too) and the post-ceremony selfies, I adore it all. Most importantly, I love sharing your unique love story in your own bespoke ceremony with a few laughs along the way.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I can’t wait to learn more about you and meet you here in Queenstown to get you hitched!


queenstown wedding celebrant for Your Big Day Emily during wedding ceremony at Moke Lake
Queenstown wedding celebrant officiates wedding ceremony at Cecil Peak mountain top at sunset in Queenstown New Zealand
Wedding ceremony with marriage celebrant in Queenstown, New Zealand
Marriage celebrant high fives with ring boy at Queenstown wedding in New Zealand



Hi, I’m Hamish,  a Southland boy at heart now living in Arrowtown, just beside Queenstown.

I grew up on a large sheep and beef farm. After school I made my way to Lincoln University which is where I discovered the joys of hospitality. I went on to own and operate bars and restaurants in Wellington, then Auckland and eventually in Queenstown.  These businesses and my travels around the world led me to meet, work with, host and take care of many people from all walks of life.

Since our own Queenstown wedding I’m now a husband to my beautiful wife Jana, and dad to our adorable two children. I still dabble in the hospitality scene but my passion is all about weddings.

I decided to become a celebrant so that I can use my laid back farmer boy personality alongside my professional hospitality skills to ensure that you’re comfortable and well looked after on your big day.

This is me. This is my story. I’m looking forward to hearing yours…



Hello, I’m Siobháin (pronounced Shiv-awn). I am an Irish born and Wanaka based marriage celebrant and a proud member of the Your Big Day team!

Like a lot of ex-pats who have made their home over this side of the world, I came to travel for a year and never left. Now with my NZ citizenship, Kiwi husband and two kids – that year away has definintely extended and I got a lot more out of it than I ever expected!

I became a wedding celebrant because I simply love weddings! My previous profesional experience has been in advertisting agencies in Dublin & Sydney and managing content production for the Air NZ brand team here in NZ. So, it’s fair to say I know how to tell a good story and how to bring it to life. It always fascinates me how each couple’s story is different and I love to write and craft ceremonies that could never be replicated for anyone else. I also like to make sure that you and your guests have a great time at your ceremony with lots of fun and laughs along the way.

I was also once a professional Irish Dancer but now I stick to running and long walks around beautiful Wanaka and Central Otago. I know some great secret ceremony spots and all the best local vendors to help you have the Wanaka wedding day of your dreams!

Wedding ceremony with marriage celebrant at Moke Lake in Queenstown, New Zealand
Wedding ceremony with marriage celebrant at Jack's Retreat in Queenstown, New Zealand



Hi, I’m Ellita but please call me Ellie.

I’m a professional and passionate wedding celebrant as well as an enthusiastic party starting master of ceremonies. After many years as a wedding planner I became a celebrant in 2019 and absolutely love the role I’m privileged to play in your big day. I listen to what’s important to you, I know how to ensure you get great wedding photos, and I can keep you calm if there are any last minute changes of plan! And got kids? I’m a mum too, so I understand kids and how to get the best out of them on your wedding day.

Having lived in Queenstown, Wanaka and now Cromwell I know the beautiful Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago regions very well. I can help you seek out great locations for both your wedding ceremony and wedding photos and love a good road trip to discover new secret spots.

I am a lover of all things action and adventure, so if you’re keen for a heli-wedding, jet boat wedding, or even a sky dive wedding I’m game! And your ceremony is in good hands as I love to write and share your story. In a past life I worked as a ghost writer and one day aim to write a book.

Anyway, your wedding day is not about me, it’s all about you! I can’t wait to hear your story and put it into words in your wedding ceremony. If you’re looking for a celebrant who can keep it real and have some fun I’d love to chat.



Hi there, big congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding!

In 2010 I left my home town of Burnley in England and moved to Queenstown, New Zealand to reconnect with an old flame. It was clear pretty quickly that this time our light was out for good, but my love affair with Queenstown was just beginning.

I was too stubborn and having too much fun to think about returning to Blighty. Skiing all winter, riding my bike all summer, and a nice glass of local wine to finish the day… how could I leave this place?

Then I met Brad, and when we decided to get married ourselves we knew we didn’t want a boring run-of-the-mill ceremony. We struggled to find a celebrant who was young, creative and fun… so I decided to register as a celebrant and offer my services for other couples.

I’ve always been a writer, love to play host, and am a confident public speaker. I like to bring creativity and a bit of fun to your big day. As a mum and an animal lover, I also get excited about including children and making sure that your pets get a special mention on your big day! I get to know you and your story, and this inspires the ceremony that I write just for you.

I love all things Queenstown and wedding related. It’s a total pleasure to be involved in your wedding day, and I can’t wait to get started!

Wedding ceremony with marriage celebrant in Queenstown, New Zealand
Gay wedding ceremony with marriage celebrant at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand


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.


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