Debbie Hawker - Christchurch Marriage Celebrant

Testimonials/Feedback

From our first meeting with Debbie we knew she was the one for us she was easy going and nothing was a problem, she gave us many options to customise the ceremony to our style. All our guests commented that she must be an old friend the way she easily and creatively told our story with so much energy and passion. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a fun, creative and lively celebrant. If we were going to do it all over again we would definitely choose Debbie as our celebrant.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing ceremony you gave us.

Greig and Briony

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We can't recommend Debbie enough as a celebrant. Every now and again in life you encounter someone you feel was made for a job. As a celebrant, Debbie was undoubtedly one of these people. She possesses certain qualities in abundance that can't be acquired easily, which would make her a superb choice for your wedding celebrant.

For starters, Debbie is a remarkably calming influence and presence. It's not exactly a secret that weddings have the potential to be hugely stressful, especially on the day itself. You could make a strong argument their wedding is the biggest day of someone's life, so some stress is seemingly inevitable. However despite all this, Debbie does a wonderful job of keeping the bride and groom and their parties as relaxed as possible. This ultimately leads to a much better day for all.

How does she manage it? Well, a number of ways such as her smiling, positive personality and appearing relaxed herself throughout. She also always seems to have a sense of control of the situation. That is, control in a way that she makes you feel that everything is going to plan, and there is nothing to worry about. This is evident from the very start right to the finish of the wedding process. Debbie is easily contactable right up until the last minute, and is always prepared. Even if something doesn't quite go to plan, Debbie has a great ability to seamlessly adjust on the fly, and knows when to discreetly alter from the planned course. This shouldn't happen though, as Debbie offers a rehearsal which she clearly teaches everyone exactly what they need to know, and how to do so on the day whilst having a little fun in the process.

A highly noticeable trait of hers is that she genuinely seems to love her job, and wants to do the best job she possibly can. Debbie is a warm-hearted, helpful, energetic and committed individual who is super easy to talk to and seems very interested in her couples backstories. Thanks to this, she can elicit exactly the right information out of them to write a memorable, tailored ceremony that can be customised as desired and is exceptionally fitting for that particular couple. That ceremony is also delivered in a clear, well-spoken manner on the day itself with a nice amount of tasteful humour.

On our wedding day, we as a couple had several unprompted comments about how great of a job our celebrant did from a variety of guests. In fact, there was not even the slightest hint of criticism. Weeks have passed since our wedding day, and the compliments still keep rolling in even to this day about her.

Thomas and Kimberley Washington

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"Debbie recently celebrated our marriage and I could not recommend her services enough. 
Debbie is the perfect balance of quirky and imaginative with methodical and professional. 
Her dedication and hard work leading up to our ceremony as well as the flawless execution on the day was extraordinary. She really is something special!
Looking back, I could not imagine anyone else in her place"

Hayden & Kristal 

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Having met two other celebrants who were not quite the right fit for us - we stumbled upon the most amazing lady - Debbie! Our first meeting was 7pm on a Tuesday evening - we thought we would be there for a quick half hour meet and greet..... 3 and a half hours later we were still chatting away with her like we had been friends for years! This is the kind of relationship that you need to have with your celebrant! She helped us personalize our whole ceremony to fit us and our personalities. She wrote our life story down and used the most important pieces for a background into our lives at the start of our ceremony. This was filled with laughter and tears from highs and lows throughout our lives. It gave such a special touch to our wedding day. 

We found it hard to write our own vows so Debbie had a quick questionnaire for us to fill out and helped us use those answers to make heart felt vows for one another - total life saver right there!  Her calm and loving nature put us all at ease throughout the ceremony. Everyone who was there to witness our marriage, was captivated by her beautifully spoken words and gentle presence.  

She is one person that we both could not imagine our day without having her there. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for all of the effort that she put into our special day, for making us laugh and smile, for reminding us to step back and take a moment to soak in the special people and surroundings around us and most of all we thank her for helping us make our day truly "ours"Debbie, you are an incredible woman who has truly found her calling! 

Thank you,

Amy & Cam Albon

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So, we have waited for a year, almost exactly actually, to give our testimonial for Debbie Hawker as our (and we recommend to be your) wedding celebrant – 6th April 2014.

This was the first same-sex wedding for pretty much everyone there on the day, including the grooms! You can imagine then how vitally important it was for us to have a wedding that, although breaking new ground, remained deeply personal; an expression of our love and commitment to each other.
From the moment we had our first SKYPE “interview” we knew Debbie was for us: open, warm, friendly, energetic and respectful with just the right touch of humour. Never at any time did we feel we were not in complete control of our day. Debbie listened and understood our needs, along with the elements that were unique to us and our relationship. Her advice and ability to translate this into a ceremony that was a reflection of us is something we will be forever grateful.
Highly organised and completely reliable, her experience as a celebrant was a blessing… right down to remembering a pen, even though we assured her we had it under control! Debbie made sure we took time out during our ceremony and celebration, to “just breathe” and take “memory photos”. This was the best advice Debbie could have given and she was absolutely right. As a result we got to take everything in.
You were an absolute delight Debbie! (Our guests still talk about how wonderful you were). And so, on our first wedding anniversary, a day that you helped make happen, we thank you.

Daniel & Gary Ross

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There is an infinite amount of reasons why you will want Debbie Hawker to be your wedding celebrant. I won’t be able to list them all, but here are some of our thoughts as newly-weds…

Debbie was recommended to us by a friend of mine, who heard she was pretty awesome. Well, she was right. Through our initial e-mail conversations, I could soon tell Debbie was going to be a great match for us. Debbie is such an all-round beautiful person and an amazing celebrant. We feel so very blessed to have had her be such a big part of our wedding day.

We were keen to keep things light-hearted and relaxed for our wedding, though I’m sure Debbie would be able to transform a ceremony into anything desired. It is easy to see that Debbie puts an incredible amount of time and effort in to each and every wedding. She definitely knows how to create a beautiful service; she is a talented writer for sure and delivers with great confidence. We, as well as our wedding guests, absolutely loved the way Debbie told our story; some of which was hilarious, and it was nice sharing a few laughs with everyone present.

Her ability to keep us calm throughout the whole process was also much appreciated, including the near last minute phone calls to suss out some vows. Debbie also offers great guidance through the entire process of getting married – I wouldn’t have known where to start otherwise.

We don’t plan to do this whole shebang again, but if we were to do it ten times over, we would want Debbie to marry us every single time. Definitely will recommend your services to anyone and everyone Debbie!

Thank you – Love your work!

Marjolein & Greg

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"Debbie, you were the perfect celebrant for us. Easy going, understanding and with a great sense of humour. We wanted a simple and relaxed service and a 'go with the flow' attitude, and my god, you needed it: nine degrees, rain, hail and a howling gale, all outside at 7:30 in the morning, midweek. You were rugged up against the cold, but were so warm with your approach. You exceeded our expectations beyond belief and we cannot describe how great you are in ways that do it justice. We would use you again without a second thought. For prospective clients reading this, you should look no further, you have found an approachable, professional and wonderful celebrant."

Gareth & Jo

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Chris and I would like to give Debbie the biggest THANK YOU we can for all her support to us on our Wedding day. We found Debbie to be warm, bubbly and put us both at ease as we planned one of the biggest days of our lives together. As the months and weeks rolled along I was so grateful for Debbies guidance as we planned our ceremony. I appreciated her efficiency, and realiability - out of all the companies and people we hired for our wedding Debbie was one who stood out that would make contact with me first, or would communicate/reply to my queries promptly. I never doubted that she would deliver on the big day.

We found Debbie to be very professional but also at the same time, was still approachable, 'real' and helped us write a ceremony that reflected us personally as a couple. It was very important to us that our ceremony was vibrant, fun and personal. Debbie helped us get that.

On the day, Debbie was calm and knew when to take charge - nothing was a problem and Chris was very grateful to her for helping with all the button holes for the boys!

Even when it snowed unexpectedly during our outdoor ceremony Debbie helped keep things moving and got us hitched! She reassured me that everything would be fine, and it was - we got so many compliments on our "magical" day.

So once again Debbie, thank you so much you are a real gem and Chris and I loved working with you

Esther & Chris

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"Debbie is an amazing celebrant, without her my day wouldn't have been anywhere near as special. Debbie helped me through the entire process from start to finish. The ceremony she wrote for us was unique to us and she managed to capture the essence of our relationship perfectly, I couldn't have asked for anything better. 

Her confidence and ability to interact with the audience made the ceremony run smoothly and put me at ease on the day knowing that she had everything under control for us. 

It was so wonderful to have my "go to girl" for any questions whether it was how to change my name or helping my partner write his vows (which were amazingly heartfelt and sounded like my partner, not like someone wrote them for him).

Debbie even rose up and above the call of duty offering to take our marriage certificate back to the department of internal affairs to get a reprint due to an error, as we both work full time and found it difficult to get there in the first place!

There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful Debbie was, right from our first meeting I knew she was the celebrant for me.

Thank you Debbie you were incredible!"

Elle & Damien 

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"Debbie was the perfect Celebrant for my Husband and I.

From the moment we first met we knew she was the one for us.

Debbie is extremely knowledgeable of what is required and knows what works and what doesn't with planning the day outline for our ceremony.

What we loved most about her was how it felt as if we were almost family and the comfort around each other to discuss whatever we wanted.

Using humour through interaction on the day she managed to keep our nerves some what at bay and make the process seem more relaxing as this was the best remedy for us, especially me.

Debbie has a true passion for what she does and it comes across in her attributes when public speaking.

Her excitement of our special day further emphasises our own excitement which is always a nice feeling.

Great celebrant and over all great person, the only bad point I could ever make is that it's a shame Debbie was only a part of our lives up until our one special day".

Nick & Leanne

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Debbie did an amazing job of our ceremony, from the writing of it through to the delivery.  Since our first meeting Debbie made us feel comfortable and at ease.   There was constant communication and guidance for both of us leading up to our wedding day.  Our ceremony was perfect,  our guests told us they had never been to a wedding with as many tears (happy ones!!)  Debbie is a funny, caring and professional celebrant and we feel we couldn’t have chosen anyone better to share our day with.

Lee & Anton

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"Debbie, we really just wanted to pass on our heartfelt thanks for everything. We loved your genuine, professional and fun approach to both planning the big day and also on the day!  Nothing was ever a problem for you and though we are never planning on getting married again, if we were, we'd have you involved in a heart beat." 

Conan & Rachel

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Debbie worked hard with us to achieve the ceremony we wanted. She is an excellent public speaker and very collaborative in the writing of the ceremony. In particular, she was very respectful in allowing us to pick and chose what stories and jokes went in. On the day she was everything we needed: professional, friendly and approachable, but firm and clear when something wasn't right.

Nothing ever goes according to plan, the bride was held up, the flower girl threw the petals at the guests faces, and one of the guest fainted in the back. But because Debbie was calmly running the show, the feeling everyone was left with was that the ceremony was a very chilled out and relaxed affair - which is just what we asked her for.

Debbie was so thorough she was even able to make a couple of suggestions on honeymoon activities and accommodation, which we took on board and ended up having an absolute blast.

I highly recommend Debbie as a celebrant. She is very professional, organised and efficient without losing the personal touches which make all the difference.

Nick & Nat

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"We just want to thank you for your amazing ceremony pre-planning and delivery, especially since we changed celebrants only 3 weeks out-you had our vows and ceremony written and proofed within the week! 

Both Mike and I feel that our day would have been nowhere near as special without your amazing vibe, personality and input. And of course we cannot forget to mention your amazing ability to sense when nerves were taking over and helping to calm us both. 
I also loved how you made a point of us taking our own time out during the signing of the documents by our witnesses, these couple of minutes were gold and we never realised prior how much we would truly value those couple of minutes aside.
You are truly amazing Debbie!! "

Mike & Beck

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"Debbie was so amazing...all my guests commented on her, saying to me wow she was really funny, happy ,natural and not boring!!
We both wanted someone refreshing and who really got us as a couple. 
Debbie was like our friend it was as though she has known us for ages, but we had only meet just the 2 times.
I would definately say book Debbie for your magical day...you wont be sorry"

Jolene & Andrew

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  "Thank you very much for being the best marriage celebrant ever!  You did a fantastic job and made the ceremony a really special occasion for us all"

Carol & Frank

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  "Leading up to the wedding day Debbie was always available for advice and any adjustments we needed.  She was very helpful with organising the ceremony due to having written her own.  On our wedding day Debbie turned up on time and was very prepared.  She was extremely well presented, even fitting in with my wife Maree's colour requirements!  We had so many compliments from the guests about our celebrant.  Her attractive appearance and her clear, confident speaking voice were some of the main comments I received.  We couldn't be happier with the way Debbie performed up to and on the day"

Jonathan & Maree

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 "Debbie has been great from start to finish helping with our ceremony. I was nervous at the start because I contacted her with only about 6 weeks to go until the big day but Debbie managed to fit us in her diary. My husband and I were so blown away with the different options and choices we could have in our ceremony.  When we met Debbie she went through everything so we would understand and also for her to get an understanding on how we had met. I have been recommending Debbie to all my newly engaged friends and will continue to do so because she was great at what she did on the day and all the guests enjoyed her so much they all came up after the ceremony and told us :) "

Mike & Mel

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 "Debbie is awesome!!! She did an amazing job of our ceremony which she totally perfected. I would recommend Debbie to anyone, for anything! But especially for weddings. Thanks again Deb! "

Yuri & Jess

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"Debbie you are amazing. The ceremony you wrote was perfect. The right amount of funny and the right amount of romance. It suited us to a tee! And on the big day you were a star! You kept us calm, the ceremony ran perfectly and we both couldn't have been happier. I was so glad you were our celebrant and totally would recommend you to officiate anyone's wedding :) "

Kylee & Ryan

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Debbie was just the Celebrant we were looking for! She guided us through all the tricky stuff and brought laughter and a few happy tears to the ceremony. We were extremely happy!

Alana & Justin

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Debbie, You were the best celebrant for Edwin and me. You are easy to talk with, friendly and a really understanding person. You were all ready for our big day in a really short time and everything was so perfect. Even though it was a different cultural wedding but you managed to do as we wanted. A very lovely person. Thank you once again.

Edwin & Avedna

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"Debbie is the most AMAZING, FUN & SUPER LOVELY marriage celebrant. She made Royce and my day extremely special, romantic with perfectly timed touches of humour. Book her now, I promise you will not regret it. She is simply brilliant at her job".

Gabby & Royce

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We could not have asked for a better celebrant than Debbie. From the moment we met her she understood exactly what we wanted and set about making the perfect ceremony for us. She was friendly and professional, answering all questions and was consistently helpful and excellent at communication. On the wedding day she added both a soothing and fun presence to the proceedings. We had many comments about her great personality, excellent ceremony and I would highly recommend her to all. Thanks so much Debbie for making our day so special.

Eamon & Anna

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Thanks Debbie for being part of our special day. 
We were pretty laid back about our wedding plans and what we wanted our ceremony to look like. Debbie was very patient with us and was great at taking us through all the options for ceremony choices. Debbie wrote a fantastic introduction that was funny and heart-warming it made us laugh and cry. 
We would recommend Debbie to be your celebrant if you want someone who takes the time to get to know you, makes you laugh and is very good at what she does.

Krystal & James

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"We were so so happy with how our wedding day turned out and Debbie was such a huge part of that! She took the time to get to know us and our story and wrote a beautiful ceremony to suit. It was light-hearted and refreshing with just the right amount of humour and not over the top with the romantic goo!
She involved us in the whole process and let us choose which bits we wanted to use - We even had a handfasting part of our ceremony which Debbie was happy to research for us.
It ended up being a very personal and wonderful experience!
We didn't have a rehearsal with Debbie - so we were a bit clueless what we were doing! But on the day she was great and had everything prepared for us, was very relaxed and it all went pretty darn good! We also got a lot of comments that everybody really enjoyed the ceremony and thought Debbie did a wonderful job. I think they were all very impressed!"

Michelle & Andrew

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"Debbie was our marriage celebrant, and we could not have been happier and more impressed with every aspect of the ceremony.
Finding someone to make the experience as easy and smooth as one could hope for was a challenge, and even though there are many marriage celebrants available, very few appealed to us.
As a gay couple we were wanting someone warm, accepting of ideas and able to make what can be a difficult process made simple. Debbie fitted that role admirably.
She is young, enthusiastic and had plenty of suggestions and ideas for the ceremony.
We would highly recommend her to anyone!!

Michael & Peter

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"You were the perfect celebrant for Peter and I! We couldn't have found a more perfect fit to what we were after.We loved your passion and enthusiasm for what you do and how easy it was to talk to you and make our ceremony special to us. We especially loved your humour and how relaxed you made us feel on the day - especially after the rough week we had. You played a huge part in our special day and we will never forget that.Thank you for making our day amazing. Your guidance and advice was so appreciated.Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

Peter & Lucy Brodie

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We had the pleasure of Debbie marrying us in October and we couldn't recommend her highly enough. It was lovely to meet her several times before the big day and she did a fantastic job of really getting to know us and asking all about the story of how we met to build a picture of our relationship. She helped us create a ceremony and guided us through the whole process, giving us different options to choice from and helping us write our vows. Our ceremony was incredibly personal because of this and truly reflected who we both are and what is important to us. Debbie did an amazing job of putting us at ease and managing our butterflies on the day. We had so many positive comments about our ceremony, with many of our guests saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Debbie was the perfect mix of professional, supportive and fun and we would totally recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant for their special day. 

Kate & Jeremy Brown

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Debbie we can’t thank you enough for the time you put into our wedding.  At our first meeting you supported us to have our dog in the ceremony and it was perfect. Your ability to write our life down on paper and invite our guests to take part by laughing and enjoying themselves was epic! Our day was amazing. Your finer details even down to the last email made every thing so smooth and easy - even dropping the dog home and then to ask me if she needs feeding?

If you want a stress free ceremony - I can’t recommend Debbie enough.  

Thank you so much,

Mike and Jo Harvey

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Debbie, you're pretty freaking cool. Our wedding was amazing and you were a big part of that. We had pretty strict criteria for our celebrant and you ticked all of our boxes. Your personality and sense of humour suited us perfectly. We have had a lot of guests comment on how awesome you were. We only meet you a couple of times before the wedding, but having you there to guide and support us, it was as if you had been a friend for years. We can't recommend you enough. Stay awesome :)

Karen & Richard Creighton

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Debbie, Or as we have lovingly nicknamed her ‘The pocket rocket’ is the most amazing celebrant that anyone could ever have asked for. We always thought that living in Australia and never having been to our wedding location of Akaroa was going to be difficult, But this was most definitely not the case with the help of Debbie. She went above and beyond with several suggestions and contacts for any requests we had, Did plenty of research and was very patient with us during the whole process, Even when all our wedding plans had turned upside down. Debbie was so much fun to have at our ceremony whilst also being completely professional, She made everyone feel relaxed and at ease throughout the day, Even when it looked like rain might have been making it’s way into our ceremony. Debbie made sure she looked after my wife and myself all day, At one point during our cake cutting she even went as far as rushing to my aid to clean my face after my wife smooshed cake into my face! Amongst all her other talents of writing the most amazing ceremony and keeping everyone calm, We found out on the day that she is also one of THE BEST bubble blowers in New Zealand haha! We would have no hesitation to recommending Debbie to anyone! She’s an absolute star and we think ourselves extremely lucky to have had her with us on our special day. Thank you Debbie for being your amazing self.

Mrs & Mrs Maher

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