Suzee Freeman

CELEBRANT

Suzee Freeman offers comprehensive celebrant services including marriages, naming ceremonies and funeral services. She is based in Oakura, Taranaki.

 

As well as officiating, Suzee also has a lovely wedding venue with beautiful gardens available for your small wedding, complete with on-site accommodation. Perfect for bridal preparation.

 

Get in touch to make a booking:

Wedding Ceremonies

Your wedding, your way!

Suzee offers marriage celebrant services within Taranaki. She is a warm, kind and caring person who is trained to listen carefully to her clients ensuring she is providing the right wedding service.

 

Suzee will happily travel to your wedding venue of choice , or you can be married in her beautiful gardens, complete with deck and garden areas. See more about the venue below.

Wedding Ceremonies

Your wedding, your way!

Suzee Freeman offers marriage celebrant services within Taranaki. She is a warm, kind and caring person who listens carefully to her clients to ensure she is providing the right wedding service.

 

Suzee will happily travel to your wedding venue, or you can choose to be married in her beautiful gardens, complete with deck and lawn areas. See more about the venue below.

Your venue or mine !

I have a beautiful garden that overlooks Oakura Beach with a small deck that is available for weddings.Garden weddings are free with the ceremony of your choice if I am the celebrant.  You can choose your package.  Many couples decide to have the bridal preparation upstairs with easy access to the ceremony and have their wedding breakfast in the village.

 

Upstairs apartment $150.00 a night for 2 guests, $45.00 for each additional guest. Up to 6 guests can be accommodated.

 

Wedding flags are available at no extra charge.

Registry Weddings

From 1st July 2019 courthouses throughout the country will no longer process licences or perform registry style weddings. Instead registry style weddings will be officiated by independent celebrants who have achieved VCANZ.

 

I have successfully reached this status by passing rigorous ethics tests and the undertaking of professional development and training. Registry style weddings performed by celebrants will only be available on weekdays that I am available. Only VCANZ celebrants can perform these wedding ceremonies.

Themed Weddings

Dare to be different, themed weddings can be great fun. There are some inspiring ideas below:

 

I can officiate your wedding dressed for any theme. Friends often call me the Queen of dress ups. My dance and drama background have given me an abundant wardrobe complete with props. This is a great way to make your wedding stand out. Encourage your guests to dress for the theme and go all out. Vintage, eco-friendly, travel and steam punk are just some of the themed weddings ideas available.

Elopements

Do you love the idea of eloping. If you do then I am your one stop shop. I can offer you a venue, lovely accommodation and a ceremony on the beach, garden or inside. If the notion of sacking off the guest list, the budget spreadsheet, the logistics, and going somewhere exciting to say your vows, just the two of you!

 

Eloping can be something of a statement in itself, so if you’re planning to get married without your friends and family by your side, make sure it’s something you really want, and that you’re doing it for the right reasons. Saving money, avoiding fuss, keeping things intimate and personal, or avoiding family drama, are all completely valid reasons to elope – just make sure you’ve thought a lot about your decision, and it’s what you both want.

Intimate Garden Weddings

Suzee loves gardens and really enjoys officiating at garden weddings. She will come to your garden or you can choose to use her garden at her Oakura property.

 

Her garden was once just a steep bank of long grass at the back of the property but after years of love and attention there is now a beautiful contoured creation perfect for small weddings.

 

Works of art and water features enhance this beautiful outdoor space that also has amazing sea views.

Church Wedding

Do you want a church wedding that is modern and performed by a celebrant rather than a priest or minister? I can provide a church setting that would be suitable for a large or small gathering.

 

There are extra costs involved for hirage of the venue and sound system. Payment for the use of the facilities which will go directly to the church.

 

Sound or projection required can be arranged with, TSH (Taranaki Sound Hire). TSH will invoice you separately.

Reviews from my clients

Ceremonies

Baby Blessing and Naming

The birth of a new baby is exciting and unique! Celebrate this special time with friends and family, and when considering having your baby blessing ceremony talk with Suzee. It’s always a special privilege to be a part of a new life and to find special ways to celebrate the birth.  This helps to reaffirm the part that friends and family will have in the life of this special child. Suzee is trained and experienced in performing these ceremonies, which usually replace the tradition church christenings and can be/not be religious as required.

Commemorations and more

A commemoration is a ceremony that honours someone’s memory or a particular event.  It is a celebration of something or someone, marking out the special from the ordinary or extraordinary, from the everyday life.

 

Acts of commemoration allow us to retain memories and mark anniversaries that we deem important.  Suzee has the skill and empathy to provide heartfelt services suitable for special days, occasions, commemorations and unveilings. Suzee is also available free of charge for some charity and not for profit community events.

Ceremonies

Baby Blessing and Naming

The birth of a new baby is exciting and unique! Celebrate this special time with friends and family, and when considering having your baby blessing ceremony talk with Suzee. It’s always a special privilege to be a part of a new life and to find special ways to celebrate the birth.  This helps to reaffirm the part that friends and family will have in the life of this special child. Suzee is trained and experienced in performing these ceremonies, which usually replace the tradition church christenings and can be/not be religious as required.

Commemorations and more

A commemoration is a ceremony that honours someone’s memory or a particular event.  It is a celebration of something or someone, marking out the special from the ordinary or extraordinary, from the everyday life.

 

Acts of commemoration allow us to retain memories and mark anniversaries that we deem important.  Suzee has the skill and empathy to provide heartfelt services suitable for special days, occasions, commemorations and unveilings. Suzee is also available free of charge for some charity and not for profit community events.

Funeral Services

Honouring Life

A funeral is a rite of passage that honours the life of the deceased. By honouring their life and by gathering memories, we can affirm the ongoing value and significance of that person’s life. When a loved one dies, we should not underestimate the importance of verbalizing and sharing these memories. The coming together of family and friends is an integral part of a funeral service. It is a time for your friends to stand by your side and say “I care and I am here for you.” Suzee offers her services as a qualified celebrant, to help you and your family celebrate the life of your loved one. Appropriately, and with dignity.

Compassion and Closure

As a funeral celebrant operating in Taranaki and New Plymouth, the services that Suzee offers are personalised, compassionate and creative. A funeral ceremony serves to enable us to grieve, honour, share memories, laugh and cry and can give a sense of closure. It can also help us to begin to take the first steps toward the next stepping stone in our lives and slowly move forward.

Funeral Services

Honouring Life

A funeral is a rite of passage that honours the life of the deceased. By honouring their life and by gathering memories, we can affirm the ongoing value and significance of that person’s life. When a loved one dies, we should not underestimate the importance of verbalizing and sharing these memories. The coming together of family and friends is an integral part of a funeral service. It is a time for your friends to stand by your side and say “I care and I am here for you.” Suzee offers her services as a qualified celebrant, to help you and your family celebrate the life of your loved one. Appropriately, and with dignity.

Compassion and Closure

As a funeral celebrant operating in Taranaki and New Plymouth, the services that Suzee offers are personalised, compassionate and creative. A funeral ceremony serves to enable us to grieve, honour, share memories, laugh and cry and can give a sense of closure. It can also help us to begin to take the first steps toward the next stepping stone in our lives and slowly move forward.

About Suzee

Your qualified celebrant

Suzee Freeman is an independent celebrant based in Oakura, Taranaki, just 10 minutes from New Plymouth. She specialises in marriage, funeral, memorial and baby naming ceremonies. Suzee is a bright, energetic and caring person. She has been comprehensively trained at The Celebrant School of New Zealand gaining a Celebrant Diploma meaning she can officiate over weddings, funerals and a wide range of other ceremonies. Suzee is a member of CANZ and VCANZ, and she holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. With to her extensive training and career history, Suzee has developed strong listening skills which enable her to craft personalised ceremonies fro her clients. Each ceremony is individual, and needs to be written in a way that reflects the needs and personalities of the people and events.

 

“Her expertise lies in individualised and creative ceremonies. She will give you a personalised ceremony reflecting your needs, whether it be for a wedding, funeral, memorial, baby naming, or other special celebrationg.  She is trained to listen and craft a ceremony that’s just right for you”

 

A dance and drama teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, dancer and graduate from the Celebrant School of New Zealand. She is married with two sons and two grandchildren. She lives at Oakura Beach, Taranaki, where she enjoys gardening, swimming and walking the dog. She also enjoys ballroom dancing and nothing delights her more than a trip to Argentina where she loves to dance Argentine tango.

About Suzee

Your qualified celebrant

Suzee Freeman is an independent celebrant based in Oakura, Taranaki, just 10 minutes from New Plymouth. She specialises in marriage, funeral, memorial and baby naming ceremonies. Suzee is a bright, energetic and caring person. She has been comprehensively trained at The Celebrant School of New Zealand gaining a Celebrant Diploma meaning she can officiate over weddings, funerals and a wide range of other ceremonies. Suzee is a member of CANZ and VCANZ, and she holds a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. With to her extensive training and career history, Suzee has developed strong listening skills which enable her to craft personalised ceremonies fro her clients. Each ceremony is individual, and needs to be written in a way that reflects the needs and personalities of the people and events.

 

“Her expertise lies in individualised and creative ceremonies. She will give you a personalised ceremony reflecting your needs, whether it be for a wedding, funeral, memorial, baby naming, or other special celebrationg.  She is trained to listen and craft a ceremony that’s just right for you”

 

A dance and drama teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, dancer and graduate from the Celebrant School of New Zealand. She is married with two sons and two grandchildren. She lives at Oakura Beach, Taranaki, where she enjoys gardening, swimming and walking the dog. She also enjoys ballroom dancing and nothing delights her more than a trip to Argentina where she loves to dance Argentine tango.

Prices

 

Registry Office

 

$90

 

Online booking through BDM. Organise online, meet on the day. Ceremony with set script and vows. Venue of your choice. Separate cost to BDM.

Basic Ceremony

 

$250.00

 

Register online for a personal ceremony. One pre- meeting,  personal vows with set script for the ceremony.  Can use deck and gardens.

Fully Personalised Ceremony

$500.00

 

Share your love story with me.  I am trained to assist you in personalising your vows and crafting unique ceremonies.  Unlimited access to celebrant for consultation and advise, full rehearsal. Really make it reflect you on your very special day.

Additional Services

 

MC:  Add $300 to service fee

Overnight accommodation for 2 people:  $150.00.  Extras $45pp up to 7.

Upstairs apartment day access for bridal preparation, hair, makeup and dressing. Includes access to gardens for photographs $90.00

Day/Night bargain bouquet:  Take 10% off the price

Additional Information:

 

BDM (Births, Deaths & Marriages) costs are separate for the application of a license and copies of the marriage certificate.  All applications are online.

 

Registry Office Weddings are no longer held in the Court House.  Selected celebrants who have are VCANZ members and who have qualified now hold these ceremonies at a venue of your choice.

 

Our Venue:  Is suitable for a small wedding group of up to 30 people

Contact

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