Helen Chesterman

Marriage, Civil Unions, Funeral Celebrant.

About Helen

Cert. Celebrant Studies

Hello!  Welcome and thank you for taking time to visit my website.  I am a fully trained celebrant from the Celebrant School NZ.  I am a Validated member of CANZ, the Celebrants Association of New Zealand. 

I chose to become a celebrant a number of years ago after helping a close friend who needed someone to provide words of support for a ceremony during a difficult time. 

Being able to help in so many ways by using skills I had gained in years of corporate world experience made me realise I had something to offer.

I’ve never looked back, I love the work and all of my clients.  Being able to consult with you and guide you through a significant event, Wedding, Civil Union, Anniversary, Baby Naming, Funeral, Memorial or any other ceremony is an absolute privilege. Learn more about my process and approach here.

I’ve lived in Lower Hutt for 24 years, love being so close to Wellington so that I can be part of the wonderful Wellington social and cultural scene. In my spare time I love pottering in my garden.

I also love being a part of my local community being there to help when needed.

Client Testimonials

”  Helen was the celebrant at a wedding I attended this past weekend. Her attention to detail and officiating were top shelf. She made the ceremony a complete pleasure for all who attended. Highly recommended  

  Helen was the celebrant at our wedding. She made the whole process so easy – was knowledgeable, efficient and interested. Made the wedding easy and made the day special. Kept us grounded throughout the process! Would highly recommend her. 

”  We can’t thank you enough Helen, it was a great day for all. We highly recommend Helen as your next celebrant. Both my wife and I were a bit nervous and unsure of what we wanted, Helen gave us options and ideas, organised the ceremony from start to finish while making us feel comfortable the whole way through, we feel Helen went above and beyond exceeding all expectations. Helen is a wonderful celebrant with a bubbly personality. Highly recommended!!!! 

  Thank you so much for your kindness and support and for helping me through the most difficult time of my life. Your guidance and support leading to and during the service enabled me to do the very best for my Mum. Your kindness will forever be remembered. 

Weddings & Civil Unions

Congratulations! You’re getting married, what an exciting time ahead. I know, I know, it can also be a stressful time.  You probably have a long list of things to do and organise.  Relax, don’t worry.

Your wedding day is probably the biggest day of your life, the day you commit to each other in front of your family and friends.  So let me take away some of your stress.

My aim is not only to write you a beautiful ceremony that tells your story, but also guide you through the legal process.

I can offer suggestions for readings, music, poems and rituals and traditions, incorporating as much or as little as you want into your day.

Vows; probably the biggest area where help is often required.  Again relax, I will work with you to provide suggestions or coach you through the process of writing your own personalised vows.  All the while I maintain confidentially not letting the other party in on their partners vows.

I also have list of resources that can help with the day, I have my own sound system, signing table, various props and a host of other items that have been added to my kit based on experience of previous ceremonies.  

I’ll visit your wedding venue with you so that we can plan the details of your service and ensure the flow will work as you imagine it.

Funerals & Memorials

Collaborating with families at a time of loss requires Compassion and understanding. This can be an overwhelming time for you with so much to think about and organise.

As your Celebrant I can help you create a service that not only honours the memory of, but also captures the essence of your loved one. It’s important for you to know that your funeral director and celebrant are working as a team to support you.

I can offer suggestions of readings, music, prayers and poems for the ceremony. With a background working with both young and mature people across many cultures, I have an understanding of differing approaches to this difficult and emotional time.

I also offer a service of preplanning funeral ceremonies.  This can be a difficult conversation, yet can be very comforting to know that conversations had now, mean a loved ones wishes are known and able to be respected when their passing occurs. 

Rest assured, I will be there by your side through the whole process offering you support.

Funerals & Memorials

Collaborating with families at a time of loss requires Compassion and understanding. This can be an overwhelming time for you with so much to think about and organise.

As your Celebrant I can help you create a service that not only honours the memory of, but also captures the essence of your loved one. It’s important for you to know that your funeral director and celebrant are working as a team to support you.

I can offer suggestions of readings, music, prayers and poems for the ceremony. With a background working with both young and mature people across many cultures, I have an understanding of differing approaches to this difficult and emotional time.

I also offer a service of preplanning funeral ceremonies.  This can be a difficult conversation, yet can be very comforting to know that conversations had now, mean a loved ones wishes are known and able to be respected when their passing occurs. 

Rest assured, I will be there by your side through the whole process offering you support.

Other Services I Offer:

Baby Namings

Congratulations, a new baby in the family.  As you welcome your new family member what could be more special than a beautiful naming ceremony to share with other people who will play a part in your baby’s’ life. I’d love to create a ceremony for you that is unique to your family and your child; maybe readings and poems will be included and you may want to incorporate something special such as a memory box of messages.  I have lots of creative ideas to make this a memorable occasion.

Anniversaries & Vow Renewal

Significant anniversaries are a time to celebrate.  Reaching a milestone relationship anniversary signifies a period of togetherness during which you may have navigated many of life’s hurdles, brought up families who now have families of their own and much more.  A ceremony to reflect all of what you have achieved and look forward to what is to come can be a very special, it would be a privilege to create a ceremony for you to celebrate this achievement.

Or maybe you have decided to renew your wedding vows.  This is a beautiful gesture for a couple to reflect back on the vows made on your wedding day.  Incorporating new vows makes this even more poignant as you make new promises to each other as you look ahead to the next part of your married life.   Contact me to discuss a unique ceremony for you.

House Blessings

Home is where the heart is, Home is where we spend so much of our lives, build our families meet with friends; it is at the very heart of how we live our lives.

House blessings have taken place for centuries across all cultures and religions.

Blessing a home can help us connect with “this place” as more than just bricks and mortar.

Let me create for you a ceremony that blesses every room in the house and celebrates those who will live within.

Helpful Information

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