Wendi is a North Canterbury-based celebrant, officiating weddings throughout Christchurch and beyond.

Love and marriage is what will bring you to contact Wendi. Her family call her a crazy romantic, who absolutely loves weddings. Gathering your history together and turning this into your story, is a lifetime treasure. With her knowledge and special touches, Wendi will make your day unique to you.

Tell us about yourself? Recently I retired as a qualified funeral director and a Justice of the Peace after 30 years combined, which has given me the opportunity to do more of the things that I love to do, which is meeting with couples to plan their wedding day.

I work alongside my husband in our dog grooming business. My friends and family tell me that I have a creative side so two years ago I started a little sideline business to the grooming which turns vintage blankets into dog coats. Travelling working around America and Europe a few years ago has given me the confidence to talk to people.

Tell us about your style? I take pride in my appearance, when officiating at weddings. I love to give my couples a special gift of a pair of painted wine glasses that they can use on their day.

Best part of any ceremony for you? When the groom’s eyes catch the bride’s and you can see the nerves and excitement all at the same time, and they are finally at that moment they’ve been waiting for.

Favourite things? My children, who are all grown up now, bring me lots of enjoyment. They are all starting to get married themselves: we have had two weddings this year and hopefully two more to come. Watching them purchase their first homes and continuing to plan the next part of their journey together.

I have three tiny dogs, one cat, lots of goldfish – which are in a huge outdoor pond, and will soon have outdoor birds and a marine tank with Nemos (clownfish).


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