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Meet Lianne Fraser | President of Celebrants Association of New Zealand

Every new CANZ president has left a significant legacy and big shoes to fill – this is a motivating challenge and with support from colleagues and the membership I hope to build on the depth of work that’s already happened.

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What is a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony is a chance to gather together with family and friends and formally celebrate the newest member of the family. Read on to find out what you need to know about arranging a Naming Ceremony with a CANZ celebrant.

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How To Renew Your Wedding Vows

A vow renewal ceremony is the perfect time to celebrate a milestone in your marriage. Find out all you need to know about vow renewal ceremonies, including when to plan one, who officiates, where it should be held, and who to invite.

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Writing Your Wedding Vows in 6 Simple Steps

Writing your own wedding vows is a way to personalise this special time in your life. A chance to speak from the heart.

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The Beginner's Guide to Wedding Planning

When it comes to planning a wedding, turning your dreams into reality can often be a challenge. Even more so if you’re under time pressure. To help you get started, here are 7 tips for planning a dream wedding.

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What ceremonies can a celebrant officiate?

While celebrants conduct formal ceremonies in the community, their role is so much more than simply officiating. Take a look at this comprehensive list of ceremonies that celebrants can facilitate.

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7 Questions to Ask Your Marriage Celebrant

Making the time to meet with and find out a little more about your potential marriage celebrant can help you feel more relaxed on your wedding day, knowing you’re in good hands.

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Grief: A Little Word That Packs a Big Punch

Grief has always gone beyond death and dying and has many guises, amplified during the Covid-19 situation. Grief, as Australian author Sally Cant says, “is a little word that packs a big punch”. 

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Funerals and Weddings at Level 2

Gatherings and events at Alert Level 2: The Government has announced an increase to gathering numbers from 12 noon Friday 29 May. Play it safe!

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How to Engage on Social Media

A beginner's guide to social media: Helping CANZ members to win in an online world. Find out how you can engage on social media.

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Why Cut the Cake: Symbolism, Ritual and Ceremony

Cutting the cake, and sharing it, is rich in symbolism, ritual and ceremony. Every era and culture has and does this differently.

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How to Plan a Surprise Wedding

For couples who don’t like to be the centre of attention or for people who don’t need or want gifts, a surprise wedding may be the answer!

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