Kia Ora, my name is Sonia Johnstone. I am privileged to be a Marriage, Civil-Union, Christening and Celebration-of-Life celebrant here in Christchurch, New Zealand. I have been a celebrant for over eight years. I absolutely love being a celebrant, as I get to share the special moments of joy, love and sadness with people who come into my life on these occasions. Thank you for allowing me into your lives. Arohanui.
This is your special day and I am here to assist you in any way that I am able, in my role as your marriage celebrant. I am an independant celebrant which means that I don't belong to any specific religion but in my role as your celebrant I will provide options of prayers, readings, poems and music. There is a fee of $120.00 which is a one off payment for your marriage certificate, I encourage couples to apply at least a month before their wedding. It is an honour for me to take part in your marriage preparation and marriage ceremony. Your wedding day will be everything that you want it to be with that elegant touch.
My fee for a wedding typically covers the following:
- First Meeeting: Initial introductory meeting at my home, to discuss options of ceremonies, legal aspects and deposit.
- Second meeting: At couples home to verify vows and ceremony.
(this can be addressed through email or by phone, if suitable for the bridal couple, and reduces my fee by $50).
- Third meeting: Rehersal before the wedding.
- Fourth meeting: Wedding day.
Note: Ceremonies outside of the Christchurch area, may incur an additional travel fee.
"Daniel and I appreciated all that Sonia Johnstone did for us. We live in Perth and wanted to marry back home in Taranaki, Sonia guided us through the process of application to marry via phone calls, Skype and emails. Sonia sent us many options of vows, simple ceremonies, and legal issues of marriage. Sonia was happy to travel to Taranaki to marry us she was recommended by a family member who paid her fee,flights and accomodation as a gift to us. Sonia professional help made the whole process easy and stress free. Sonia is friendly, relaxed and fun we recommended her to our friends, family and other couples.Thankyou Sonia for marrying us Arohanui. " – Jaylene and Daniel Baker, Waitara, Taranaki, January 2015
"Happy that Sonia Johnstone married us. We found Sonia to be very friendly and patient, on the day we had a few venue and catering problems but Sonia kept us calm with good advice and support. Our ceremony ended up being intimate and lovely. Nicole and Kotahi Phillips." – Nicole and Kotahi Phillips, Kaiapoi Canterbury, March 2015.
"We are from Nagoya Japan we now live in Akaroa New Zealand. Sonia san very lovely, friendly marriage celebrant. Sonia san helped us and our family from Japan with our New Zealand wedding. Sonia san speak some of Japanese language this was very helpful for us. I tell my friends about Sonia san marriage celebrant in New Zealand thankyou." – Miwa and Tatsuro Hiyashi, Akaroa Canterbury, May 2015.
Civil Union is a special commitment made between two consenting adults.
I am privileged to be part of in helping guide you both with the planning of your special ceremony whether it is a small and intimate occasion or on a larger scale.
This is your big day and this day is all about the both of you and your happiness. I am grateful to be part of it.
Christenings and Blessings
I am privileged to be able to provide support and guidance to you in helping to plan this special occasion of your family members' Christening. I have many options of ceremonies available for a small and intimate occasion, or a ceremony on a larger scale. I will endeavour to do my utmost to ensure a joyous occasion of celebration.
Celebrations of Life (Funerals)
It is a privilege for me to assist family when a loved one has passed on. I will do my utmost to provide support and guidance when planning your special service of celebrating their life. I have several types of services available, from small and intimate for some families or a more detailed, larger service for others. I am an independent celebrant. I am not connected to a religion but I do have prayers, readings and hymns for those who would like a spiritual touch. I do my best to provide what the family would like this is your time. I encourage family members to participate in the service to the best of their ability, I am here to help guide, and I am more than happy to step in whenever I am needed during the service. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to share this special occasion with your family and friends. Arohanui.
"The passing of our mum was such a sad time for my Dad and our family. My mum had just turned 41yrs old. It seemed too young that she should pass - due to a freak accident. Sonia listened to us while we grieved and helped all of our family members to take part in our celebration of her life, which was a sad and happy occassion. Thankyou Sonia." – Maryanne Butler