Ceremony Types

Birth

Fertility and pregnancy – This may celebrate confirmation of a long awaited pregnancy and/or successful IVF programme.
Burial of the Placenta – This can be incorporated with a Naming Ceremony.
Placenta Burial – To mark the end of one journey and the start of life.  May be incorporated in Name Giving.
Name Giving – An alternative to a christening in a secular framework.
Adoption – Ceremony to mark completion of legal adoption process. May also celebrate reuniting with birth parent(s).

Relationships

Engagement – A declaration of intent to marry.
Marriage/ 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.
Commitment – An alternative to marriage/civil union in which the couple pledge themselves to each other.
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.
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.
Renewal of Vows – An opportunity to reaffirm the relationship in an updated context.
Anniversaries – An opportunity to celebrate and remember relationship anniversaries e.g. Silver, Gold & Diamond wedding anniversaries (and any other year in between).
Compeering – Master of Ceremonies at Celebrations.

Family, Anniversaries & Life events

Children – Starting school, 7year cycles, double digits, adolescence, 18, 20, 21, leaving home.
Birthdays – Honouring the milestones for any age.
Coming of Age – Recognition of transition from childhood to youth, youth to adulthood eg 18th/21st.
Name change – Ceremony to celebrate name change by deed pole.
House Blessing – To welcome a family into a new home.
Retirement – An opportunity to honour and farewell significant service as well as welcome new beginnings.
Planting – Recognition of seasons, can also be included as a ritual in a Naming, wedding or anniversary/memorial.
Grief – Acknowledge and transitioning through grief. May include placing family member in care, abortion, miscarriage, missing person, death, loss of a pet, loss of physical ability and independence.
Survival – Ceremony to acknowledge surviving and transitioning through Sexual abuse, Domestic abuse.
New Beginnings – New buildings, exhibitions, refurbished premises, redundancy.
Farewell (resignations, overseas) – Well wishing upon departure.

Education and Career

Awards – Recognition of achievement.
Graduation – Recognition of completion of study, achievement and success.
Promotions – Recognising the new challenges and opportunities of advancement.
Farewell (resignations, overseas) – Well wishing upon departure.
Retirement – An opportunity to honour and farewell significant service as well as welcome new beginnings.
New Beginnings – acknowledging redundancy and transition to new beginnings.

Community and Events

Awards – Recognition of achievement.
ANZAC – Leading an ANZAC ceremony within the community.
Blessings – Secular recognition of a place or event.
Citizenship – Ceremony of confirmation of citizenship.
Commemorations – Ceremony of remembrance for past significant events like wars, earthquakes or national disasters.
Community Events – Citizenship Ceremony, and other community events.
Compeering – Master of Ceremonies and Facilitation of events.
Heroes and Heroines – Ceremony to recognise our heroes and heroines whether it be the return of those who have fought for our country, sports teams, Olympians or a local community elder or hero/heroine.
New Beginnings – New buildings, exhibitions, refurbished premises.
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.
Tree Planting – To recognise significant event.
Unveiling – The ultimate closure one year after the event, where a permanent memorial is unveiled or recognising a significant milestone at any time in the community.

End of life

End of life planning – Your advance wishes may be registered with a Celebrant who will assist and advise you to ensure your wishes are carried out. This may involve preparation of your Funeral Ceremony solely with you or involving your family in the planning.
Funerals – The funeral ceremony may take any form, at any time and anywhere.  The Funeral Director will assist with the organisation however you are free to choose the Celebrant.
Interment/Scattering of Ashes – This is one form of closure at a later date following the funeral.
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.
Scattering Ashes – To fulfil request of deceased for ashes to be scattered in place of significance.
Unveiling – The ultimate closure one year after the event, where a permanent memorial is unveiled.
Cleansing – Cleansing and blessing the space/area of a death, particularly a tragedy or accidental death.
Grief – Acknowledge and transitioning through grief. May include abortion, miscarriage, missing person.

Remembrance, Closure & New beginnings

Anniversaries – An opportunity to celebrate and remember past events.
Cleansing – Cancellation of the past and celebration of new beginnings.
Divorce – Separation and new beginnings, alone or with friends and family. Sometimes also incorporates a planting ceremony as transition to new beginnings.
Healing – Healing circles or ceremonies as cleansing, healing and transition from physical health and emotional health. May include celebration of remission or recovery from injury or illness.

Gender

Female:

Teenage transition – ceremony of transition to teenage years and/or transition from teenage to adulthood.
Tribal and cultural ceremony – ceremony specific to your own tribal or cultural customs.
Pregnancy – Celebration of confirmation of pregnancy.
Croning (honouring of age) – Transition to the golden age of wise womanhood – only attended by women.
Infertility –
Women’s Ceremonies – Special ceremonies for women.

Male:

Teenage transition – ceremony of transition to teenage years and/or transition from teenage to adulthood.
Tribal and cultural ceremony – ceremony specific to your own tribal or cultural customs.
Men’s Ceremonies – Special ceremonies for men.

LGBT:

Gender transition – Transition and celebration of arrival as chosen gender.
Coming out – Celebration and public acknowledgement to honour yourself and celebrate a vital part of who you are as a complete person. A “Coming Out Ceremony” will celebrate your values, your life and your journey ahead.

Seasonal

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.
Seasonal – Marking the seasonal cycles.
Tree Planting – To recognise significant event and seasonal celebrations.
Planting – Recognition of seasons.

Animals, vessels and all other ceremonies:

New Beginnings – New buildings, exhibitions, refurbished premises.
Pets/Animals – Namings, Welcomings Farewells and grief counselling.
Launching – Bestowing of name and good wishes on a boat, a vessel or a new business.