Queenstown Same Sex Weddings

Queenstown is the perfect place for your same sex wedding.

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Same sex weddings have been celebrated in Queenstown, and the rest of New Zealand, since 19 August 2013. It has been possible to celebrate a civil union, (a legal relationship similar to marriage whether they are same sex or different sex), since 26 April 2005 and my first same sex civil union ceremony was just 12 days later – what a truly proud and exciting time to be a Celebrant in NZ!

NZ has hosted thousands of same sex couples marriage ceremonies, and many of those have been right here in Queenstown.

And why not? Imagine standing here among the magical mountains and stepping into the rest of your lives in the most fitting way possible.

What could possibly beat marrying in these stunning mountains, immersing yourself amongst all this breath-taking natural beauty, and seizing this opportunity to enter your marriage in a way that is so undeniably true to you.

“Phillipa Cook is THE celebrant to use for weddings in Queenstown. Phillipa came very highly recommended and exceeded our expectations in every single way.

Most importantly, Phillipa put us at ease and coordinated the ceremony with a minimum of fuss, allowing us to relax and truly enjoy the experience.

We cannot recommend Phillipa highly enough.”

Adam and Michael.

Married 22 February 2014 in Queenstown

I’d love to hear from you and get started on creating your unique ceremony, with you, for you, about you.

Here are just some of the very happy same sex couples whom I ‘ve been very fortunate to either marry or celebrate their civil union ceremony:



A celebration of a special life

Recently we were lucky to have Phillipa officiate at the funeral service of our much loved daughter.  During a time where emotions were high, Phillipa was a breath of fresh air.  She worked with us in a much needed, kind, calming and professional...

Bianca and Miles from Australia say Phillipa’s the most outstanding & passionate celebrant!

Phillipa is the most outstanding & passionate celebrant. The ceremony was so personal, intimate and simply beautiful. She has such a warm personality and her passion for weddings is evident in everything she does. We appreciated the great communication before the...
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Winter Heli Wedding on Cecil Peak Review

Paula and Kosta first met in a local bar and restaurant in Christchurch, I’m not going to repeat Kosta’s pick up line but he won points for originality and clearly it worked because Paula agreed to a date at a Thai restaurant  a few days later. From there they...
Looking to their future

Ruth highly recommends Phillipa as a celebrant

We were truly blessed having Phillipa officiate at our wedding. Her relaxed, friendly, professional style was perfect. We appreciated the great communication throughout the planning process. She listened to our requirements, offered ideas and solutions and together we...
David and Joy just moments after exchanging their vows on the Queenstown lakefront

A beautiful testimonial from 2 very special people.

We met Phillipa two weeks before our wedding date - yes, just two weeks. At first, we were hesitant as we were quite on a tight timing but Phillipa told us that our wedding should be about my partner David and I. That the ceremony should reflect what we envisioned it...