About Krissy

Everyone’s story is unique, and I would love to help you celebrate yours, to make it real for you. I am a Christchurch based independent marriage and funeral celebrant, but I will travel.

Whether it is the beginning of life, a pledge of love and commitment at a wedding, a memorial,  the goodbye at a funeral, or a significant event, I will help you to create the ceremony that best fits the occasion, and you.  Because it is all about you.

Celebrating your story.

I am known as a great listener, with a warm-hearted, calm and understanding manner and I like a lot of fun.

Having traveled widely I enjoy exploring different cultures and ceremonies.  I love being outdoors, by water, under trees, in the hills, or in your own home.  I currently work as a qualified Group Fitness instructor in gentle exercise, as well as my celebrant work.

I have experience with many friends and family members who have lost children, siblings and parents.  Even in the happiest of ceremonies it might feel important to remember or honour those people who are no longer with you.  I can help you do this in a meaningful and appropriate way.

My ‘Full Celebrant Wedding Package’ is a fully personalised ceremony,  telling the story of your love, with personal vows, readings and anything else we wish to include. This comes with a rehearsal and face to face meet ups.

For those who want a simple ceremony I offer a  ‘Simple Wedding package’  for up to 30 people.

I am also registered to offer the Standard Registry Wedding – a  ceremony when your vows and  the ceremony are written for you; to say in front of 2 chosen witnesses.  A no frills or extras option.  It is Monday to Friday, 9-4.30, maximum 10 people.

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                       What is included in the ‘ Simple’ package’?

You choose the venue, and the time of day/evening/weekends.  You can write your own vows and make the ceremony personal to you. Or I can offer you a choice of standard vows.  Others can be involved in your ceremony, but my legal responsibility, as your        celebrant, is to hear your vows, witness the signing of the marriage licence, with 2 other witnesses and make sure you have a legal ceremony.  There is a limit of 30 people, including the wedding party.

                     What is not included in the  ‘Simple Wedding package’ ?

It doesn’t include a rehearsal, or a personalised wedding ceremony which I handcraft      with you,  (this is my Full Wedding Celebrant package) but you can make the ceremony  personal to you, by having vows and music.

You are required to arrange your own marriage licence with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

                     How does this differ from a Registry Office ceremony?

You cannot choose personal vows in a registry wedding, or have music, readings or other options.

You  provide 2 witnesses, and arrange your marriage license at least 3 days prior, through ‘Births Deaths and Marriages’.

This ceremony can be in my home, or a venue that works for us both, indoors or outdoors.

I am a  Verified member of  CANZ, (Celebrant Association of New Zealand),  undertaking regular professional development, and have studied with The Celebrant School of New Zealand.

If there is a change in circumstances due to COVID or illness, I have ability to adapt and respond to changing needs.

If you would like a no obligation meeting to discuss your celebration,  please contact me on;

0273263958 or mark.krissy@xtra.co.nz

Celebrating your stories

4 thoughts on “About Krissy

  1. Sharon Tangaroa

    We recently had you celebrate our beautiful Mum’s life as our celebrant.
    As a family we felt truely blessed to have you really spend the time with us all, especially our Dad (who is very vulnerable) and take the time to get to know who our Mum Diane was.
    You were able to get information from us all that we wouldn’t have thought about.
    You encouraged us at a time that it was all a bit blurry and were just so very kind to our Dad.
    The service you put together had everything and more caring compassionate, funny and also allowing us to be sad.
    We left the service feeling we had given Mum the send off she deserved.
    Thank you so much Krissy

  2. krissy christensen

    Really looking forward to more celebrant training today with other celebrants, looking at how to use Poems and Readings effectively, and creating memorable ceremonies.

  3. Frank Hakkaart

    After my wife Judith Duncan died of MND it was Krissy’s care and sensitivity that allowed us to bring together family, friends and Judith’s colleagues in a way that not only acknowledged the loss but also wonderfully celebrated a life. Her approach allowed all there to feel like they had participated in an event that positively met our needs but also would have been approved of by Judith herself. Thank you Krissy.

  4. Erica Gilchrist

    Fantastic news Krissy that you are at last doing this work – I can’t think of anyone more suited to work with any of us at the sort of milestones and significant times that you will be involved in, in your capacity as a celebrant.
    I think I could have earmarked you for this work 20 years ago when we first met. You will bring that fantastic mix of yours of compassion, humour and just the right phrase.
    Best wishes
    Erica Gilchrist


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