Ellie’s own wedding… “we planned our wedding in just 3 months!”

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.

Ellie’s Reviews


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.