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Rita Townshend - Marriage Celebrant

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About Rita Townshend - Marriage Celebrant

I am a Christchurch Marriage Celebrant with over 12 years experience and I would love to help you create a ceremony that reflects your personalities, desires, dreams and wishes. One that is very special and personal to you.

I truly listen and aim to satisfy your needs so that you have a beautiful ceremony. I would love to hear from you. Call me to discuss your plans or send me an email. I will travel anywhere in Christchurch or the surrounding areas.

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Sally
Sally
Bride • May 02, 2013

Rita was the celebrant we chose for our beautiful wedding. She was so exprienced and professional with a huge choice of resources for us to choose from and together we prepared a ceremony that was just what we wanted.  Our own vows and own wording etc, very much ‘our’ ceremony.  It couldn’t have been better.  We are so grateful for all the help and guidance that Rita gave us.  Thank you so much for making our day so special.

Wedding Date: 8th March, 2013

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Jessica Kish
Jessica Kish
Bride • March 09, 2013

We planned our wedding over a year from Australia. I found Rita online and felt instantly she was exactly what we were looking for. Her correspondence was wonderful (very patient with me smile ).
She was very supportive, helpful and positive throughout the months of emailing. Rita wrote our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted.
When we finally met Rita, she was so friendly and reassuring. Rita helped us with a run through of the ‘Big Day’.
On our Wedding day Rita was wonderful! We were married in a park and Rita was loud and clear and everyone was able to hear.
I would highly recommend Rita to anyone looking for a celebrant. She is wonderful!!!! Thank you for everything Rita. x

Wedding Date: March 2, 2013

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Sara
Bride • January 03, 2013

Rita was the only celebrant we saw. She is very friendly and has so many ideas to help with your big day. She come out to our venue to do a rehearsal which was very out of her way, but made it much easier on the day. She suggested to us a ‘Sand Ceremony’. Everybody thought it was beautiful. She is easy to talk to very helpful. I am so glad we had her for our special day. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice smile

Wedding Date: 3rd November 2012

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Eric
Groom • July 06, 2012

Organizing a wedding can be exhausting.  Imagine organizing one in a country on which you have never set your foot! 

My wife is a Kiwi but I had never been to New Zealand until 3 days before the wedding.

We had the honour to have Rita as celebrant.

I found her contact info on an Internet directory.  I sent my inquiry to a few celebrants on the directory, and Rita was the first to reply.

After a few email exchanges and a few phone conversations, I felt very comfortable working with Rita.  She is a very good listener who would patiently listen to our situation and stories (and rants).

She is very knowledgeable and helpful.  She explained all the procedures in great details, and gave us some very helpful advices (ie: how to order a licence ahead of time and pick it up upon arrival, etc).

Since my then-fiancee, her family, my family and myself all locate in different parts in the world with significant time zone difference, often time it would take a while before we could reach a consensus decision.  It took us a while to finalize our date and venue, but Rita was very flexible and accommodating.

Our ceremony was simple, smooth and sweet—exactly the way we wanted it.

I would strongly recommend her service to anyone looking for a celebrant.

Once again, I would like to thank Rita for officiating our wedding and making our day so fabulous and memorable!

Wedding Date: February 9, 2012

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Melanie David
Melanie David
Bride • June 12, 2012

Rita was a wonderful celebrant, and was an absolute delight to work with.  After all without Rita we would not be married today.

Rita thank you for being so relaxed, at a time when you need calm in your life.

Rita thank you for helping us to write our own vows and make a wedding ceremony that we will cherish forever!!! You said we could do it and we did grin

Rita thank you for making the paperwork so simple and for always keeping in contact leading up to the wedding to check that we were on track with everything that needed to be done.

Rita you are a magician and made our wedding day so special, we knew where we were going and what we were doing, and you guided us and supported us but let our ceremony be a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a family.  I loved our wedding ceremony and having our guests warm our wedding rings with well wishes for our marriage and long life together - what a lovely idea. 

You are wonderful at what you do and I would not hesitate to recommend you as a marriage celebrant.

Love Mike and Mel

Wedding Date: January 28, 2012

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Julia
Bride • June 06, 2012

Rita was our wedding celebrant and on first meeting, I found her to be a good listener. She also had a very calm manner, a clear spoken voice and gave advice on our legal marraige requirements. She sent me many emails of various styles of weddings she had performed, as we didn’t live in Christchurch, where we had planned to marry. We travelled from Dunedin, to celebrate our wedding together with our closest family members. We had 45 adults including children. We got married outside on a beautiful sunny afternoon on my brother’s lovely property with spring trees budding around us. The reception followed in a gorgeous silk lined marquee with fairy lights throughout the ceiling & walls with lots of coloured up lights. We had so many candles through the garden & tall fairy light twigs on reception tables. It was a colourful fairy light wonderland! Rita was willing to work in also with a practice run through the day before together with our wedding party. (A couple of our wedding party were travelling to be with us from Melbourne.) This made it all run smoothly on the day, with a beautiful and intimate ceremony which was personalised to us. We had a gorgeous string quartet play while I walked down the aisle, who also performed right after the ceremony while guests enjoyed nibbles & drinks. We had lots of lovely comments about our marraige ceremony - and the rest of the evening. Thank you Rita for all you did to make it successful!

Wedding Date: October 22, 2011

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Razim Shazim Mohammad
Razim Shazim Mohammad
Groom • May 29, 2012

Rita is extremely well organized and knowledgeable person, who possess heaps of talents and skills in this particular field.

she presented everything above my expectations in the wedding ceremony and would eventually wont hesitate to call her on for being the marriage celebrant for any of my family member while getting married in future.

THANK YOU MADAM….

Wedding Date: April 7, 2012

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Lauralea Matterson
Lauralea Matterson
Bride • May 15, 2012

We found Rita very easy going and pleasant to work with. She gave us alot of ideas and helped us make our ceremony very personal. We are still getting comments about how lovely the ceremony was.
Rita made the planning very easy and was very professional but relaxed on the day.
We would recommend her again.

Wedding Date: April 27, 2012

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Steven
Steven
Groom • December 09, 2010

We met with several potential celebrants when planning our wedding. Before we had walked back to our car after having met Rita we had unanimously decided she was the right choice.

And we weren’t wrong. We were absolutely impressed with her easy going nature and professionalism. She clearly knew what she was doing and made the whole process easy as pie for us. We highly recommend Rita to anyone wanting an excellent celebrant.

Wedding Date: November 20, 2010

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Nina Brunt
Nina Brunt
Bride • November 22, 2010

Rita was our Wedding Celebrant for our wedding.  With her help our wedding was remember-able and went without a hitch.  We are very grateful and appreciative of Rita and the input that she put in to help us out on short notice.  I found Rita very down to earth and easy to accommodate to our wants and needs.  Rita is very easy to work with and organising wedding plans/ceremony with her was a breeze.  Thank you Rita.  We would highly recommend her for YOUR special day!  grin

Wedding Date: November 20, 2010

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Gabriela
Gabriela
Bride • November 20, 2010

Rita was great to work with. We planned our wedding from Sydney and were hoping everything would be perfect on the day and it was. We met Rita over Christmas 2009 and she made us feel very comfortable about the whole process. Everyone commented on how beautiful and personal our wedding ceremony was and Rita is one of the people we have to thank for this!

Wedding Date: October 2, 2010

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Emily
Emily
Bride • November 16, 2010

Rita was an excellent celebrant.  We came from overseas to get married and planned everything by email hoping everything would go well and it did. We had wonderful options for they type of ceremony we wanted that were sent to us from Rita and were also able to customize it to fit what we wanted to include.  She was a pleasure to work with and very professional and very helpful.  Everything went smoothly the day of and the ceremony was wonderful.  We would definately recommend her to anyone else looking for a celebrant. grin

Wedding Date: October 19, 2010

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Anna Lambie
Anna Lambie
Bride • November 08, 2010

Rita was a fantastic celebrant, we were so relieved to find someone who instantly understood what we wanted and whom we could be certain was going to do an excellent job on the most important day of our lives. It meant so much that she was able to guide us through the process easily and we had many guests comment on what a lovely job she did. We enjoy looking back at our wedding video and seeing the ceremony where she was very clearly yet wonderfully spoken. We could not imagine finding a better celebrant than Rita!!!

Wedding Date: April 3, 2010

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Karen Hulston
Karen Hulston
Bride • November 08, 2010

Rita was very professional and highly flexible in meeting our requirements for our wedding day.  She went beyond her normal job description to ensure our day was a huge success.  I would recommend her to anyone wanting a reliable, easy going, nice celebrant to make their wedding day special.

Wedding Date: October 2, 2010

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