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Welcome to Celebrant New Zealand

As a professional marriage celebrant my core role as your celebrant is to design and deliver a marriage ceremony that reflects your personal style, values and beliefs. 

When working with me as your marriage celebrant you can expect me to be friendly, mature, reassuring, sensitive, timely and non- judgemental with the ability to bring order to a somewhat chaotic occasion.
It would be an honour and my privilege to assist you and your loved one in the development and delivery of a marriage ceremony that will transcend all your expectations.

As a funeral celebrant my core role is to facilitate nurture and encourage families to create a Celebration of Life ceremony that accurately represents the people in my care. I will provide you with a professional service that reflects your personal style, values and beliefs.
I have an authentic passion for being a funeral celebrant and I genuinely care and fully understand the role I play in celebrating the life of your loved one.

When working with me as your funeral celebrant you can expect me to be friendly, mature, reassuring, sensitive, timely and non- judgemental with the ability to bring order to a somewhat difficult and distressing occasion.

It would be an honour and my privilege to assist you and your family in the development and delivery of a Celebration of Life ceremony that will transcend all your expectations.

I am a member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ), the chairperson of CANZ Taranaki, a Justice of Peace for New Zealand and a member of Toastmasters International.



Includes: Liaising with the funeral director and the family, visitation with the family and planning the ceremony, officiate over ceremony and attendance at post ceremony gathering.
Other services: Interment and/or scattering of ashes, unveilings and memorial services.


Traditional, Non-Traditional, Same Sex Marriages, LGBT
Includes: Initial meeting with the couple, development of ceremony, rehearsal of event, officiating the wedding.

Master of Ceremonies

Includes: Meeting with organizers to learn about event expectations, preparing all speeches, personal profiles and formal agenda. Facilitate, coordinate and monitor event effectively so all facets of the occasion are timely and flow smoothly and seamlessly. 

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Reunions
  • Memorials
  • Business Awards
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Community Events
  • Sports Awards
  • Charity and Formal Balls
  • Black Tie/Gown Events
  • Television Broadcasts

Special Occasions

  • Anniversaries - An opportunity to celebrate and remember past events.
  • Awards - Recognition of achievement.
  • Blessings - Secular recognition of a place or event.
  • Birthdays - Honouring the milestones for any age.
  • Burial of Placenta - This can be incorporated with a Naming Ceremony.
  • Children - Starting school, 7 years cycles, double digits, adolescence, 18, 20, 21, leaving home.
  • Cleansing - Cancelation of the past and celebration of new beginnings.
  • Coming of Age - Recognition of transition from childhood to youth, youth to adulthood.
  • Commitment - An alternative to marriage/civil union in which the couple pledge themselves to each other.
  • Community Events - Citizenship Ceremony, and other community events.
  • Divorce - Separation and new beginnings, alone or with friends and family.
  • Engagement - A declaration of intent to marry.
  • Farewell - Resignations, Overseas; Well wishing upon departure
  • House Blessing - To welcome a family into a new home.
  • Launching - Bestowing of name and good wishes on a boat, a new business.
  • Memorial - A service of remembrance.
  • Men's Ceremonies - Special ceremonies for men.
  • Name Giving - An alternative to a christening in a secular framework.
  • New Beginnings - New buildings, exhibitions, refurbished premises, redundancy.
  • Pets/Animals - Naming's, Welcoming's and Farewells
  • Placenta Burial - To mark the end of one journey and the start of life.  May be incorporated in Name Giving.
  • Planting - Recognition of seasons, can also be included as a ritual in a Naming or wedding.
  • Promotions - Recognizing the new challenges and opportunities of advancement.
  • Renewal of Vows - An opportunity to reaffirm the relationship in an updated context.
  • Retirement - An opportunity to honour and farewell significant service as well as welcome new beginnings.
  • Reunions - Celebrating the gathering together of business/club/group members for any purpose.
  • Same Sex - This ceremony of commitment reinforces partnerships between two people of the same sex, but is not legally recognized as is a Civil Union Ceremony.
  • Scattering Ashes - To fulfill request of deceased for ashes to be scattered in place of significance.
  • Seasonal - Marking the seasonal cycles.
  • Tree Planting - To recognize significant event.
  • Unveiling - The ultimate closure one year after the event, where a permanent memorial is unveiled.


I asked Sam to be the MC for our work event.  The event consisted of collecting opinions from many different people and organisations on lessons learnt from an important response.  With minimal guidance I am pleased to say that Sam managed the event with great humour and tact.  The whole event was a great success and I would recommend him to facilitate future events.

Mike Langford

Preparedness & Response Manager AsureQuality Limited


Sam Bennett is extremely approachable, confident and professional. His conduct with the family was exceptional and I know they appreciated his honest and personal manner and the empathy Sam provided to them.  I wouldn’t hesitate in advocating Sam as a Celebrant.

Nicki Procter, Funeral Director, New Plymouth


Sam was our celebrant for our wedding day and we couldn't have asked for better person to part of the most important day of our lives together .Sam worked with us to develop a ceremony that really reflected our individual personalities and uniqueness as a couple. Sam made us feel special and ensued that all our expectations were meet. We found Sam to be a very easy person to get on with, he was non-judgemental, friendly and approachable .He delivered our ceremony in a really fun way that made our wedding day really fab and one that we will always remember in a great way - thanks Sam.
We would recommend Sam as a celebrant for your wedding.
Cindy and Michael, New Plymouth


Many thanks for the job you did for us. It was expertly handled and I appreciate your efforts, particularly at such short notice.  I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.
John Mackinder,  Auckland



Please note that a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure the date is required (excluding Funerals). 
All rates include GST and travel.


Please contact me directly for pricing on 027 751 5100 or 06 753 3763.


  • $550 - New Plymouth District*
  • $580 for Stratford District*
  • $600 for South Taranaki*

* Price changes effective on new bookings after 1st January 2016 for Wedding Celebrant related services

Master of Ceremonies

MC rates within the Taranaki  province are negotiable and are dependent on the exact type of function or event and are based on client requirements and expectations, please call me directly to discuss your options.

National Wedding Rate

National wedding rates are negotiable and are dependent on the exact location of the wedding in New Zealand, please call me directly to discuss your options.

National Master of Ceremonies Rate

The rates for National MC services are negotiable and are dependent on the exact type and location of the function or event, and are based on client requirements and expectations, please call me directly to discuss your options

Special Occasions

Special occasion rates are negotiable and are dependent on the exact type of occasion being celebrated and the location of the event in New Zealand, please call me directly to discuss your options.

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The following are the Terms and Conditions upon which we provide our services to you, the Client.


We provide a wide range of services including officiating at funerals, weddings and special occasions and facilitating events as a Master of Ceremonies.
A comprehensive list of our services can be found on our website, together with our current rates.


We require a 50% non-refundable deposit to be paid for all events (excluding funerals) upon confirmation of the booking date.
The balance of our fee is payable one week prior to the event.

Cancellation / Postponement

If you believe that there is a chance that your booking will be cancelled or postponed, you must notify us immediately. If your booking is cancelled, we are under no obligation to refund your deposit.
If your booking is postponed for a period of 3 months or longer, we will deem the postponement to be a cancellation and will require a new booking to be made.


If on the day of the event we are not able, for whatever reason, to provide the service you have paid for we will use our best endeavors to find a substitute celebrant to provide the service in our place.
Only if no substitute celebrant can found will you be entitled to a refund.

No Warranty

We use our best endeavors to ensure that the services we provide are valued. Given the nature of our services however, we provide no warranty as to the level of client satisfaction. Nor will we be liable for any direct or indirect loss arising from the provision, or non-provision, of our services.

Use of Imagery / Testimonials

We may ask that you grant us permission to use photos taken at your event, and/or for you to provide us with a testimonial, to be used for promotional purposes. You are under no obligation to grant us such permission.


All correspondence and documentation in respect of our services, including any ceremony examples provided by us, must be kept confidential both before and after your event. Such information can only be shared with our express written consent.

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If you do not wish to fill in the form above then you can download the pdf, fill it in and post it to:
Celebrant New Zealand, 12 Cornwall Street, Brooklands, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

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Variety - The Children's Charity

Celebrant NZ has been a long time supporter of Variety. The charity is a champion for Kiwi kids; and with 1 in 4 New Zealand children growing up in deprivation their work is essential.

Every year Variety helps over 13,000 local children to have brighter futures. They offer Kiwi kids and their families’ targeted, flexible support to meet their specific needs.

Variety helps by providing the basic necessities, much-needed medical equipment, life-changing mobility needs, and innovative educational initiatives. Variety works alongside schools, community agencies and healthcare professionals, tackling child deprivation so that one by one, Kiwi kids who urgently need life-changing assistance are set up to reach their full potential in life.

Visit the Variety website to find out more www.variety.org.nz



Reference from a client

Submitted by admin on Fri, 20/06/2014 - 1:12pm

If you need a celebrant we would like to assure you that Sam Bennett is a very good choice.  Planning a service for our mum was always going to be a challenge, with different spiritual beliefs among her family and the different relationships we all had with her.  Indeed we had no idea where to start and as we waited for Sam to arrive we wondered what on earth we were going to do.  We needn’t have worried.  Sam is so easy to talk to, we didn’t have a plan but that didn’t matter after explaining to him what we did and didn’t want.  He guided us through and planned a truly amazing service for mum.  No artificial airs and graces, just a good solid, realistic man.  Very professional, whilst also having a good sense of humour.  It was all so easy, and lots of great comments were received from those who attended the service.

Sam walked into our home a stranger and within ten minutes had become a trustworthy friend.

Adrienne Wooldridge and family, Omata


Celebrant New Zealand

Funerals, Weddings, Master of Ceremonies & Special Occasions

12 Cornwall Street
New Plymouth

Phone: 06 753 3763
Cell: 027 751 5100

E-mail:  sam@celebrantnewzealand.com

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