Gillian Smith offers a fresh approach to planning your big day
Offering flexibility and choice
Listening to you, not preaching at you
Personalising your ceremony
Being open to different ideas, beliefs and cultures
Providing sample vows and readings
Having resources and tips for planning your ceremony
I like to break preparation for a wedding into four meetings. The procedure I like to follow is this.
You either meet me in my home in Christchurch or have a Skype meeting to see if we gel, to discuss what you want or don’t want, and ask questions.
Homework is given or emailed out, in the form of four questions, that I then use to create a meaningful ceremony that captures your unique essence as a couple. I personalise each ceremony so that the style and words are exactly right for you.
Another get together or Skype call is made to go over the draft ceremony, so there are no surprises on the day.
I arrive at the rehearsal and go through the setup, format and procedure of the ceremony, along with the wedding party, and any family or friends that you want there.
My preferred time for the rehearsal is the same time as your wedding, then I can position everyone according to where the sun will be and considers all aspects of what will work best.
We had such a fantastic amazing day, Gillian Smith made the whole process and our day that much easier and comfortable we could be ourselves and not so nervous. Gillian went that extra mile to insure our guests knew our story from beginning to end throwing in funny lovable memories without boring our guests to death. She made it fun and interesting and a truly memorable day. We really could not have asked for a better person to do the job.
Two Friends, Two Hearts, One Promise, One Love
A wedding tradition: Wear something old from a bygone year which, like your love, is lasting and dear. Wear something new as a token, too, Of the wonderful life that’s beginning for you. Wear something borrowed and it will tell that friends and loved ones wish you well. Wear something blue, like the skies above when two hearts enter a world of love. And place a penny inside your shoe to assure good fortune your whole lives through
From this day forward You shall not walk alone My heart will be your shelter And my arms will be your home
May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face The rains fall soft upon your feilds And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of his hand
Wishing you A house full of sunshine Hearts full of cheer Love that grows deeper Each day of the year
Thank you so much for being the best celebrant ever!! You're awesome Gill :) Josh and I couldn't have been happier, thank you :)
Now join your hands, and with your hands, your hearts.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow, Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend forever.
Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.
Love 'em for what they are, and forgive 'em for what they ain't.
To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.
Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
Love is everything it's cracked up to be. that's why people are so cynical about it . . . It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more.
Dear Gill Thank you once again for all you did for us on our wedding day and prior to that. We were so thrilled with our very personal service and our guests enjoyed it as well. For us it was a very happy, special day and one we'll treasure forever. Thank you for sharing it with us. Jenny and Barry
Dear Gill Thanks for being fantastic at what you do! You did a great job and our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Thanks Gina and Andrew Chalmers
To Gill Thank you for being part of our day and helping to make it so special. Dayle and Karma
Dear Gill Thank you for making our wedding day so special. We were delighted the way the ceremony went. Your professionalism and warmth had us both at ease. Our very best wishes
THANK YOU so much for orchestrating and supporting us on our special day.. Such a beautiful and sacred occasion for us and our family who have commented positively on our ceremony. THANKS again Gillian and well wishes to you Geoff & Cora
To Gill Thank you for being a huge part of our very special day. We had a beautiful day and we can not thank you enough for everything that you did. Love Cheryl + Joseph