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Stephanie Moore’s ad­vice to peo­ple plan­ning their big day is sim­ple.

‘‘Take the ele­ments of a wed­ding that mean some­thing to you and throw the rest away. The only things you must have for a wed­ding are two peo­ple who love each other, a cel­e­brant and a li­cence.

‘‘It should be fun. You can have what­ever you want and peo­ple re­ally do go with that.’’

She’s of­fi­ci­ated at a Lord of the Rings themed wed­ding at Hob­biton, gothic cer­e­monies, a me­dieval pic­nic wed­ding, mar­ried cou­ples dressed as vam­pires and Alice in Won­der­land char­ac­ters.

The Block­house Bay res­i­dent de­scribes her­self as be­long­ing to the ‘‘me­tal’’ com­mu­nity.

Her path­way to be­com­ing a cel­e­brant started with her own al­ter­na­tive wed­ding in 2008.

She and hus­band James were the first cou­ple to tie the knot at Spook­ers haunted theme park.

The guests toured the haunted house be­fore the cer­e­mony and their ban­quet hall was decked out with blood red dec­o­ra­tions.

Mrs Moore started a blog on plan­ning gothic and al­ter­na­tive wed­dings when she was or­gan­is­ing the day.

‘‘I kept com­ing across all of this stuff that I wouldn’t use, but thought other peo­ple might want to.’’

Her book Till Death Do us Part is due to be re­leased in 2015 and gives ad­vice on plan­ning al­ter­na­tive and gothic wed­dings.

Mrs Moore is also vis­ually im­paired.

She be­came a cel­e­brant to help out mu­si­cian friends in 2011.

‘‘They had a cel­e­brant, but it wasn’t work­ing out so I said I’d look into what it would take to get a li­cence.

‘‘They had their wed­ding at the Kings Arms Tav­ern be­cause they wanted to get mar­ried on the stage where they per­formed most of their shows.

‘‘It’s kind from there.’’

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New Zealand’s com­par­a­tively re­laxed laws around mar­riage cer­e­monies mean cou­ples can shape their cel­e­bra­tion how­ever they like.

‘‘All cel­e­brants are won­der­ful but I think peo­ple from al­ter­na­tive com­mu­ni­ties want ev­ery part of the wed­ding to be re­ally per­sonal.

‘‘They like the idea of a cel­e­brant who will wear a vam­pire cape or a Gan­dalf out­fit. They love the idea that I’m into it as much as them.’’

Al­ter­na­tive wed­dings seem to be less stress­ful, she says.

‘‘In ev­ery sin­gle wed­ding I’ve done the groom has had a huge in­put.

‘‘It’s more of a team ef­fort than with tra­di­tional wed­dings where the groom of­ten just throws up his hands.

‘‘And there isn’t that fam­ily pres­sure.

‘‘I think if your kid has grown up as a goth and then goes on to get mar­ried, you kind of know it is never go­ing to be a nor­mal wed­ding.’’

Next up is a Bud­dhist wed­ding later in the year and Mrs Moore would like to per­form a same sex wed­ding.

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