Nate Dunn

Celebrant available for your wedding, civil union, or renewal of vows.

Becka, Nate and James

Hi, nice to meet you! I'm Nate.

VCANZ Accredited Celebrant, Celebrants Aotearoa

An amazing celebrant is so crucial to your wedding. You want someone who really knows their stuff, is a lot of fun, and can help both of you navigate what can be an overwhelming time.

I will work closely with you, from initial planning, lots of communication leading up to, and then making sure, on the day, it all runs smoothly. Your family and friends will love being part of an event that truly represents your relationship.

Weddings don't have to be stiff and boring. Let's meet, and chat about how we can make sure you have the most fun day ever.

  • Age : 37
  • Ethnicity : NZ European / Niuean
  • Vaccinated : Yes: both + booster
VCANZ Accredited

"So easy to work with and a genuine down to earth guy and we had so many comments from our guests about how good he was as both a celebrant and an MC!! ...

Hugely recommend!!"

Jess & Paul Smith (Australia) - Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Mt Ruapehu - June 2021

Reviews from Happy couples

Read what some of the happy couples that I've recently married have to say about me
(see more on my Google page or Facebook page).

Wedding planning tips

It's no secret that weddings can be stressful to plan. There's so much to think about – from the venue, to the cake, vows, rings, celebrant, band, and so much more.

Lucky for you, I've been a celebrant at weddings across the country and have a bunch of secret tips that will help.

Across just 2 weeks of emails, you'll get valuable insights on how to:
Organise an amazing wedding that friends and family will remember for years to come
Establish a budget that works for you and doesn't break the bank
Choose the right date and time
Book that dream venue

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    Why choose me?

    Weddings can be a very stressful time. I promise to do the following six things that will help make your big day the most fun ever.

    100% your way

    Other than the boring legal stuff, we collaborate on exactly what you want included in the ceremony.

    Most fun ever

    I pride myself on getting lots of laughter and smiles (from you and your guests) at the ceremony.

    Get the names right

    Nothing worse than something pronounced wrong - I promise to nail those tricky names.

    Wedding Advice

    Questions or confusion about your big day? I'm happy to suggest ideas anytime by email.


    I'm Auckland-based but have officiated ceremonies across the country, with couples reimbursing me for reasonable travel expenses only.

    VCANZ Accredited

    I've been validated by CANZ, so I meet the professional standards of competency for celebrant work.

    What to expect

    I work with you to make the planning completely stress-free, in these seven steps.

    My fee is $775 (includes up to 30km of travel).

    Months before

    1. Our initial chat

    We meet either in person, by phone or via a video call. I check to make sure I'm available, we discuss my fee, if I need to travel, and then confirm the day, time and location. You pay a 50% refundable deposit.

    2. Plan your perfect ceremony

    We have another chat, and we discuss how you want your ceremony to go. I can be as involved as you need me to be.

    I then share a Google Doc with you, which we both work off going forward, and you can change this whenever you like.

    Two-ish months to go
    A month to go

    3. Order your marriage licence

    You need to do this part and I recommend doing it a month out. It needs to be done (minimum of) three business days before, and it expires after three months. You'll need to note me down as your celebrant.

    Click here to do this online.

    4. Sort out the reception (optional)

    If you've also selected me to be your M.C. at the reception, we chat about how the evening will run, what time dinner is served, and who is giving speeches.

    Two weeks to go
    A week to go

    5. Finalise everything

    We chat again, and I make sure you're 100% happy with the ceremony. I also check that we haven't missed anything, and confirm those last minute details.

    The other 50% of my fee will also be due.

    6. Practice makes perfect

    Typically the evening before, we'll do a complete run through with the bridal party, so everyone knows what to do, how quick to walk down the aisle, and where to stand.

    The day before
    On the big day

    7. Let's do this!

    I first give a briefing to the guests before the bride arrives about if they can take their own photos or not, your rules around posting to social media, turning their phones off, and other housekeeping items.

    For the ceremony, I follow the script exactly as we've discussed it, so it's what you planned for, and there's no unexpected surprises.

    Immediately after the ceremony, I leave one copy of the signed wedding certificate with you, and electronically file the second copy with the registrar.

    Help! We also need an M.C. for the reception

    I can help. As well as getting you hitched, I can make sure the festivities afterward run smoothly. I can liaise with the venue/caterers, introduce the speakers, and make sure the reception runs on time.

    My fee is $300 (in addition to my celebrant's fee).

    What's VCANZ?

    I am a VCANZ accredited celebrant, through
    Celebrants Aotearoa (CANZ).

    By engaging me, you are gaining the assurance of employing a celebrant who belongs to the national professional body, a celebrant who has passed the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Standards test, and a person who is committed to ongoing professional development with a strong network of fellow celebrants to call on if needed.

    VCANZ is a celebrant validation process, which is a structured recognition of celebrant training, experience and professional development based on the CANZ body of knowledge. This gives couples looking for a celebrant, additional certainty and greater comfort that a CANZ celebrant meets the professional standards of competency required for celebrant work.