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Dr Kim Jewel Elliott AC JP

A little about me:
A warm, skilled, happily married professional, I will provide a contemporary and considered input into your special day.

My philosophy as a Celebrant is to support you as my client in having the ceremony that you would like. I am a:

  • Registered marriage celebrant

  • Registered civil union celebrant

  • Justice of the Peace for New Zealand

  • Member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand

  • Formal and informal Mentor to other Celebrants

  • Accredited celebrant, meaning I have been certified as practicing to the highest professional celebrant standards. Although there are over 2000 celebrants in New Zealand, currently only 26 are accredited nationwide.

As well as a friendly and calm personality, multiple payment options and exquisite 100% recycled stationery as a gift to you, I bring a unique package of desirable skills to my work. My background as an academic means I will write and craft your ceremony swiftly and thoroughly, speak confidently, articulately and on topic! An artist's daughter, I've also had the good fortune to grow up around creativity and creative people. I'd be delighted to make your ceremony as unique and personal to you as you want it to be. Alongside my familiarity with traditional urban settings, I enjoy nature, so if you want to hike into the bush to hold your ceremony under your favourite waterfall or sail to marry on the crater's edge of White Island, just ask! I am also well grounded in the creation and delivery of Interfaith ceremonies, having trained and registered to perform marriages in New York as well as NZ. Delighted to organise witnesses for you and marry you in my home (or anywhere) if you are eloping.

With a background in youth work and the experience of losing my own son pre-birth, I am often asked to officiate at funerals for babies, children and young people, as well as people throughout their life stages. My community counselling work supports me in providing safe funeral services for those who have suicided. I also hold expertise in the unique process of Living Funerals, where a person aware of their terminal illness chooses to have a service before their passing, enabling them to participate in the celebration and honouring of their own life.

Weddings & Civil Unions:
The majority of my Celebrant work involves facilitating weddings and civil unions, and I delight in doing so. It is a joy and a privilege to stand with you and celebrate your commitment and happiness. I have performed ceremonies on cliff-tops, mountains, beaches, islands, boats, urban roof gardens, in historic homes, exclusive lodges, golf resorts, clubs, marae, private residences, parks, hospitals, rest homes, chapels, hotels, restaurants, vineyards, zoos, museums, art galleries and an Air NZ plane! Anywhere, any time you want to celebrate your relationship works for me!

My approach:
I enjoy working in relationships of mutual respect with my clients and want everyone involved to feel good about both the process and the ceremony itself. I believe in what I do and am expert at it. Ethical and excellent practice underpins all my work, as does the value of relationship. In all aspects of ceremony development and delivery I will work with you to ensure that together we create a beautiful piece of history in your journey as a couple. Am happy to provide complete media blackout and confidentiality agreement as required.

My peaceful villa is located near the Greenlane motorway offramp and train station, making it easy for clients who wish to come meet me at my home office, by car or train. And easy for me to travel and marry you anywhere in beautiful Aotearoa!

Celebrant fees & payment options:
To support both my clients and the planet I offer Traditional or Sustainable payment options. You choose how you wish to pay for my celebrant work; via bank transfer or sustainably with skills/service of the same value. No extra charge for Northland, Waikato or Bay of Plenty ceremonies. Special price for weddings in Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill, as they are so close to home.

In brief I will:
  • Meet you at a time and location workable for both of us
  • Provide you with a number of references from recent clients.
  • Conduct a free Auckland rehearsal (wedding and civil unions only) with you and your party.
  • Ensure your ceremony is delivered to your wishes - no unsolicited surprises!
  • Match the colour and style of my attire to the theme of your event.
  • Provide you with an exquisite, custom-designed Memory Folder on the day which includes a copy of your own personal ceremony.

I happily perform ceremonies all over New Zealand.

I invite you to check out my Celebrant page on Facebook or click on the link below to email me

Contact Details:

Phone: (09) 522 1627
Mobile: (027) 227 5091

P.O. Box 109508
Auckland 1149



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Devan & Tian, Waihi Waterlily Gardens
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Kim it was more than a pleasure having you as our Celebrant. Our ceremony, and your beautiful delivery and guidance will always be a highlight of our wedding. We are so thankful that we had the privilege to have you as our celebrant. There were so many ways that you were special, but to name a few,
*The diversity and quality of your resource material was a treasure trove and really helped us fully develop our thinking and preparation for our ceremony.
*We loved working with you - you had a great way of working with us that meant that we never felt worried or embarrassed. Meeting you at that cafe was always like finding a moment of calm in a storm and we really enjoyed our catch-ups.
*Your presence and delivery brought everything that we had hoped to our ceremony and more.
We want to thank you so, so much. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking of how much you brought to the day.

Stoneridge Estate, Queenstown
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"Well where do I start....compassionate, warm, endearing, authentic, genuine and caring. These are all words that I would use to describe Kim as an individual. My husband and I live in Australia but wanted to get married in the magical Queenstown. I googled celebrants who were able to speak some Maori in order to honour my heritage and background. Kim was so generous with her time and also her services. We talked about things important to us in the ceremony and she genuinely wanted to hear our story of love. Both Darren and I knew we were in the best hands to honour such an important commitment with Kim welcoming the idea of Te Reo being incorporated throughout the ceremony. Kim's endearing qualities will set the tone of your ceremony and many of our guests commented on Kim's professionalism. We in fact feel that Kim set the tone for the entire day. One of peace, love, harmony and appreciation. Such a special day indeed.

Forever indebted


Moana, Darren and baby Aria"

Pauanui Beach
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Kim is Amazing! She is friendly, kind and full of amazing ideas we would have been lost without her! She put us both at ease with the whole process of planning our ceremony. She gave us so many awesome examples of how things could be done she really is a wonder with words. Michaela and Dylan

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