Types of Ceremonies which can be performed by Celebrants

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(In alphabetical order).  Please note, not all Celebrants carry out all of these ceremonies.  When you search for a Celebrant on this site, check out the ceremonies they do offer.

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 the Placenta - This can be incorporated with a Naming Ceremony.

Children - Starting school, 7year cycles, double digits, adolescence, 18, 20, 21, leaving home.

Civil Union - This ceremony may be entered into by couples of the same sex or by couples of the opposite sex and requires legal documents to be signed in the presence of two witnesses and a Registered Civil Union Celebrant.

Cleansing - Cancellation of the past and celebration of new beginnings.

Coming of Age - Recognition of transition from childhood to youth, youth to adulthood eg 18th/21st.

Commemorations - Ceremony of remembrance for past significant events like wars, earthquakes or national disasters.

Commitment - An alternative to marriage/civil union in which the couple pledge themselves to each other.

Community Events - Citizenship Ceremony, and other community events.

Compeering - Facilitation of events.

Croning (honouring of age) - Transition to the golden age of wise womanhood - only attended by women.

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.

Funerals - The funeral ceremony may take any form, any time, anywhere.  The Funeral Director will assist with the organisation however you are free to choose the Celebrant.  Your advance wishes may be registered with a Celebrant who will assist and advise you to ensure your wishes are carried out.

House Blessing - To welcome a family into a new home.

Interment/Scattering of Ashes - This is one form of closure at a later date following the funeral.

Launching - Bestowing of name and good wishes on a boat, a new business.

Matariki - This is increasingly being embraced as an opportunity for a national seasonal celebration uniquely for New Zealand/Aotearoa. The celebration marks the rising of the constellation of Pleiades and the start of the Maori New Year - its timing ranges between about May and July.

Memorial - A service of remembrance.  For example, a loved one may have died in another country and a Memorial Service is held when the body or ashes are brought home.

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 - Namings, Welcomings Farewells and grief couselling.

Placenta Burial - To mark the end of one journey and the start of life.  May be incorported in Name Giving.

Planting - Recognition of seasons, can also be included as a ritual in a Naming or wedding.

Promotions - Recognising 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 recognised as is a Civil Union Ceremony.

Scattering Ashes - To fulfil request of deceased for ashes to be scattered in place of significance.

Seasonal - Marking the seasonal cycles

Tree Planting - To recognise significant event.

Unveiling - The ultimate closure one year after the event, where a permanent memorial is unveiled.

Weddings - This ceremony requires a Registered Marriage Celebrant, and may be performed at any time of the day/night on any day of the year at any venue.  The ceremony requires legal documents to be signed in the presence of two witnesses and a Registered Marriage Celebrant.

Women's Ceremonies - Special ceremonies for women