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Swami Yogamani Saraswati

Swami Yogamani Saraswati

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About Swami Yogamani Saraswati

Welcome you two, newly weds to be,

“Congratulations” for your up and coming wedding!

I am thrilled to work as a Registered, trained & experienced Marriage Celebrant.

As each couple is so unique, so is the crafting and manifestation of each Wedding ceremony.

With careful planning and a rehearsal it is my role to ensure that your bespoke ceremony will run exactly as you wish. Leaving your big day running stress free, relaxed and memorable for all the right reasons.

Specialising in weddings from traditional to contemporary, simple & informal, from the kiwi back yarder, to the sophisticated couture red carpet occasion.

Same Sex Weddings, Cultural Fusion & Spiritual ceremonies grounded in practicality, with awareness & experience in protocols, & customs.

Yes I am Auckland based and excited to travel anywhere in the pacific to your chosen ceremony site.

I look forward to the possibility of working with you in the future.

With love x.

Yogamani ♥

“She is capable, sincere, organized, creative, innovative, trust worthy, open minded, adaptable, dependable, compassionate and professional.”



“Yogamani uses tradition to embrace and tautoko all those in the community regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or religion. She is reliable, consistent and supportive of all”

“It is her personality that makes her unique and special. I also believe her experience over years from acting, modelling, teaching, facilitating and working with people bring another range of skills and qualities each to their own”

“Over the years I have been involved in many events, ceremonies and rituals with Yogamani in India, and through out Aotearoa. Many of these events were organised and facilitated by Yogamani, her contribution has been very valuable. I have always known her to be professional, respectful and supportive to the needs and interests of others in community. Yogamani has an impressive range of qualifications and experience”

Proud member of The Wedding Associates
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73 reviews for Swami Yogamani Saraswati Write a review

Stephanie West
Stephanie West
Bride • April 01, 2017

Matt and I are so grateful for Yogamani helping us create a ceremony that was a true reflection of both us. The energy she brought on the day was incredibly, she was professional, caring and respectful.

Throughout the process, Yogamani provided us with support, ideas and assistance - not to mention she is the most organised individual I have come across!

Matt and I are both so proud that Yogamani was part of our special day and we will be forever grateful

Wedding Date: February 11, 2017

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Allie Campbell
Allie Campbell
Bride • March 28, 2017

From the moment we met Yogamani we knew she was the perfect celebrant for us. She guided us right through the planning stages and helped us create a personal and unique ceremony for us.
On the day Yogamanis professionalism, calmness and beautiful nature gifted us the most wonderful ceremony that will be cherished forever.
Right through from the planning, the rehersal to the wedding day, Yogamani was a dream.
An infinite thank you,
Allie and James xx

Wedding Date: March 24, 2017

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AD Schierning
AD Schierning
Bride • March 21, 2017

Yogamani was perfect - she understood what we really wanted and encouraged us to make our day unique to us. We felt supported and relaxed with her guidance. I would whole heartedly recommend Yogamani as a celebrant, an openminded and pure hearted person and an absolute joy to have around on our special day.

Wedding Date: February 25, 2017

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Ali Levitt 481
Ali Levitt 481
Bride • March 10, 2017

Yogamani was perfect for us! We met with her and both cried with the things she made us think about being part of our ceremony that were so personal and meaningful to us. Yogamani provided us with so much material to consider for our service, and regularly touched base to ensure our progress. Our rehearsal allowed us to make the order of events happen perfectly and we’re on such a high still about our whole day.
Yogamani is such a beautiful, peaceful soul. We feel blessed to have had her marry us smile

Wedding Date: January 21, 2017

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Gerry Hughes
Gerry Hughes
Bridal Party • February 25, 2017

With very little effort, Yogamani made us both feel we were on a pathway with an expert. Her calm approach helped us focus on other things while being confident that she was dealing with whatever it would take to contribute to the success of our day.
Yogamani listened to our ideas and wishes. She then helped us design a celebration that was inclusive of all we desired and then some.
I can not heap enough praise on her abilities and compassion. A well balanced professional that knows instinctively how to relate to her clients.
Sincerely, thank you.

Wedding Date: August 27, 2016

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Cat
Cat
Bride • February 20, 2017

Thank you so much for being such a special part of our day.
They say everything happens for a reason and when our circumstances lead to Richie and I first meeting you, I knew everything was how it should have been. Thank you for enabling and encouraging us to have such a big role in creating our own ceremony with your guidance we created some beautiful words and promises to one another that were both romantic and humerus and most importantly reflecting us as a couple. On the wedding day I knew I was going to be nervous, as a naturally emotional person I feared that I would be a blubbering mess ..... and I kind of was, but you made me understand that this is beautiful, true and completely and utter OK. which I appreciate more than I can say. Richie and I had the best day of our lives to date and we just want to thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for being our celebrant. We couldn’t recommend you higher.

Thank you so much

Cat and Richie

Wedding Date: November 25, 2016

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Kylie Wright
Kylie Wright
Bride • February 10, 2017

What a day we had, it was really lovely the sun shone the beach glistened and the guests enjoyed their day.

Yogamani was fantastic, we organised the whole thing via email and phone. As we were in Hamilton, she was in Auckland and the ceremony was at New Chums beach we did not have a rehearsal, that didn’t matter Yogamani took that all in her stride. We also had to do a last minute change to the order of ceremony - no problems at all.

Yogamani helped us write a bespoke ceremony with personalised vows ensuring the legal side was covered. She helped us make it really special day and made us feel very special.

Our lives prior to getting married had a few challenges, she understood that and encouraged us to celebrate this as well, is it was part of what made us the couple we are.

Yogamani is fantastic I don’t think I can recommend her enough. She helped keep me calm on the day taking any challenges in her stride. She also went on a 30 minute bush walk with us to get to our venue.

We have a lot of love for Yogamani.

Wedding Date: January 27, 2017

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Sara Beillard-Gosai
Sara Beillard-Gosai
Bride • February 04, 2017

Wedding planning can be quite stressful at times, especially when trying to create the perfect fusion between two cultures, and create a ceremony which is personal, and unique. I am so glad we found Yogamani early on in the planning, as she helped put us at ease, knowing that what we wanted was possible! She is so open, understanding and patient and really was there for us throughout the whole process.

The resources provided were so incredibly helpful, as was her experience and profound knowledge. She encouraged us to follow what we wanted the whole way, and to really focus on what we wanted to share with everyone. Our wedding day was amazing, and all of the compliments from our wedding were about how incredible our ceremony was and how unique and heartfelt it was. It truly was everything that we wanted.

We wouldn’t have bee able to pull off this fusion wedding without Yogamani, and I would highly recommend her to anyone. What an incredible woman.

Thank you
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Ron & Sara

Wedding Date: January 28, 2017

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Joseph Ho
Joseph Ho
Groom • January 29, 2017

We start planning our Wedding just weeks before the big day. We were looking for a celebrant we feel aligned with and found in Yogamani the perfect fit for us. She created with us the most perfect wedding day everything was easy and she helped us keep our nerves calm. During the preparation time she guided us to create the most special ceremony, she was always available to talk and gave us heaps of sources which helped tailor our very own ceremony. We felt our wedding was in good hands and we’ve had the most magical day.

Wedding Date: July 3, 2016

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Karen Slater & Lyn Withers
Karen Slater & Lyn Withers
Bride • January 26, 2017

Organising a wedding that is taking place in New Zealand from Australia can be a very stressful task, however, the whole event was made very easy with the help of Yogamani.

We found Yogamani on the internet and read her profile. From the start her beliefs and values resonated with us and we made contact with her. She organised a Skype call with us and immediately we felt relaxed, comfortable and confident that she was the one for us!

Yogamani kept in regular contact, sent us endless resources and assisted us with suggestions for our ceremony.

At all times Yogamani was professional, friendly and loving with all of our interactions and correspondence. Her help with getting the ceremony just right was invaluable and appreciated.

As we were married on a cruise ship during a cruise from Australia to New Zealand, a rehearsal was not possible. This didn’t phase us because we knew we were in excellent hands with Yogamani and the whole day went off without a hitch! It was perfect and we felt blessed and honoured to have Yogamani as our celebrant.

Yogamani exceeded our expectations and delivered on all levels. Our wedding was exceptional and was enjoyed by every one of our friends and family. We owe our very successful and special day to Yogamani because without her it would not have been the same.

Thank you Yogamani and we cannot recommend you highly enough to everyone that reads this review.

Namaste, Karen and Lyn xox

Wedding Date: January 14, 2017

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Natalie Taylor
Natalie Taylor
Bride • January 23, 2017

We had a wonderful wedding, made all the more comfortable through using Yogamani. She made us aware that we could have any kind of ceremony we wished, it was our day and she would be there to help us make it exactly as we wanted. She even offered the promise of letting us vet all the words she would say in case we didn’t like one of them and gave us a run down of what she might wear so she would fit in with the wedding colours.

Yogamani provided us with lots of examples to get inspiration from and helped us tweak the ceremony so it would flow well. The idea for writing our vowels on beautiful cards was really nice.
Following the ceremony we had a lot of compliments from our guests about how good Yogamani was as our celebrant. Thanks again Yogamani!

Wedding Date: March 5, 2016

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Holly Spencer-Dunn
Holly Spencer-Dunn
Bride • January 20, 2017

During our wedding planning, we came across Celebrant Yogamani on a few of the wedding websites around. After meeting her, we were hooked! She provided us with a ceremony that was personal and special. Not only was she punctual to our initial meeting, rehearsal and ceremony, but her experience and skills were calming (especially as the wedding drew near) and her professionalism showed throughout the experience. She is incredibly kind and good-natured and having her officiate our wedding was such a joy. We couldn’t have had a more wonderful experience with Yogamani and would highly, highly recommend her to any couples who are in the throws of wedding planning. Xx

Wedding Date: October 29, 2016

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HaySon from Melbourne
HaySon from Melbourne
Groom • December 24, 2016

We really appreciated Yogamani’s wonderful advice leading up to our special day. Her professionalism and performance was exceptional and well received by all our family and friends.

The fact that we had to organise the entire wedding from overseas and most of our guest had not met before meant that Yogamani’s assistance was invaluable.

From our initial Skype conversation with Yogamani, we knew she was the one! For the next few months Yogamani kept in touch and provided us with ample information, ensuring that we are on track. Our rehearsal session at the venue a few days before made a world of difference. We talked through the details and scoped out the space, making it so seamless and stress-free on the actual day smile

Yogamani did everything that she promised. As a result our wedding day was the most memorable & joyous occasion. Last but not least we highly recommend her service to all xox

Cheers,
HaySon from Melbourne, Australia

Wedding Date: October 31, 2016

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Emily Thomson
Emily Thomson
Bride • November 21, 2016

Max and I would both like to thank you for the AMAZING ceremony you did for us on our wedding day. We are both still blown away with how calmly everything went and how utterly perfect the ceremony was. You knew exactly what we wanted just from one meeting and from then on you kept in regular contact making sure everything was running smoothly.

You are such an amazing person and the work that you do is inspiring. We are so glad we found you and had such a lovely lady marrying us on the most special day of our lives! We will remember it forever.

Thank you so so much Yogamani. You are truly special. Any couple who has you marrying them are very lucky!

All our love, Max & Em xx

Wedding Date: October 28, 2016

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Shannon Tolan
Shannon Tolan
Bride • November 16, 2016

As I was planning our wedding from Australia I spent hours searching for the perfect celebrant and we found that with Yogamani. From the very first commutation by email I could feel her kind spirit and passion shine through. Yogamani is dedicated in providing a ceremony that is true and unique to each of her couples. The resources and advice she provides allowed us to create our own ceremony word for word. Yogamani brought a beautiful sense of calm to our ceremony, It felt like my husband to be and I were on a cloud and Yogamani was an angel speaking to us and our friends and family. You will definitely feel the love with Yogamani as your celebrant xx

Wedding Date: November 4, 2016

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Tammy Sheridan
Tammy Sheridan
Bride • November 14, 2016

We met Swami over a cup of coffee and immediately felt comfortable in her presence. She has an incredibly calming and re assuring presence and we new right away that this is who we wanted to be the one to officiate our marriage and did not bother to meet with any other celebrant after meeting swami.

Swami took care to ensure she pronounced names correctly (mine is an unusual name so this is something I was big on!) She provided valuable resources and creative input but at the same time Callum and I had full creative license over our ceremony, There was no word spoken by either Swami, Callum or myself that wasn’t fully our own.

I was also late on the day and she did an excellent job of trying to keep Callum calm while he was sweltering at the alter, in the height of summer in a full Kilt!

I can’t recommend Swami enough, if you want somebody who not only looks fabulous but has the most calming and gracious aura then she is your lady!

Tammy and Callum
27 Feb 2016

Wedding Date: February 27, 2016

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Sasha Watson
Sasha Watson
Bride • July 12, 2016

Swami Yogamani is a very special lady. She is warm, kind and has a very calming presence. We knew that she was the celebrant for us and we looked no further. She guided us through the process of designing our own unique wedding and made it all seem very easy. We are lucky enough to have 3 beautiful daughters and the suggestions she had as a way to include the girls in our ceremony were so lovely. Our family want to thank you Swami Yogamani for making our special day so special!
Mark, Sasha, Milla, Greta and Holly Reekie xx

Wedding Date: May 6, 2016

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Brittany Pavlovic
Brittany Pavlovic
Bride • May 30, 2016

Marko and I couldn’t be any more pleased in our choice of celebrant for one of the most important days of our lives! Throughout our journey, Yogamani was professional, organized and carried with her an air of calmness and confidence that is infectious (much needed on the big day).
While she provided us with a significant amount of documents and examples to read through for picking our vows, she assured us the ceremony was entirely our own and encouraged us to be unique. She also guided us through the legal paperwork which was extremely helpful as it’s the little things that can build up to be quite stressful!
Once we chose our vows and shared them with her, she was engaging and active in reviewing and editing them to make sure that they met our expectation but also the occasion/legalities.
While the above is extremely important in making sure that everything is organized, what really stood out to us was the day of the rehearsal and ceremony. Marko and I, along with key members of the wedding, travelled from overseas which resulted in some scheduling problems for the rehearsal. Worried about how we would fit in the rehearsal, Yogamani was extremely accommodating and open to date changes so as long as she was available (I think I must’ve rescheduled at least twice). On the rehearsal day, we had somewhat of an idea of how the ceremony would go but really didn’t know what we were doing – this is where her expertise brought everything together. The venue was the Auckland Winter Gardens which was beautiful but can make for a slightly awkward arrangement of people and aisle but with Yogamani’s creativity and experience she helped us put together a beautiful setting.
On the day, she was beyond superb. One of our wedding cars broke down on the way to the venue and we were running late. She kept the attendees calm and patient while they sweated in the 30 degree heat and also gave Marko ease and assurance that all was still okay! During the ceremony and vow exchange, Swami was supportive and encouraging. She was there and in control but I always, throughout the exchange, I felt like it was only us - myself and Marko.
I believe almost everyone that attended the ceremony was able to have some sort of exchange with Yogamani and all that did had nothing but positive things to say. They complimented us on our choice and thought she fit in with us perfectly. We are extremely grateful to have her as a part of our day and would highly, highly recommend her.

Wedding Date: January 30, 2016

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Ella Becroft
Ella Becroft
Bride • May 29, 2016

We chose Yogamani as our celebrant because she brings a quiet wisdom and sense of calm. We believe she has the mana to perform such an important role.

Yogamani is very supportive and amazingly generous - she works from her heart and puts a lot of love into everything she does. She helped us explore what was important to us for our ceremony, and supported us to remain true to ourselves. She also helped us to discover the full meaning behind what we were about to perform.

Leading up to the day of the ceremony she was incredibly helpful, offering us a lot of resources to help us design our ceremony. She brought her creativity to the table to help us come up with ideas, and her expertise in how to ensure the day ran smoothly.

During the wedding Yogamani was calm, assured and a beautiful presence.

We are very proud to have been married by her, and would recommend her to anyone.

Wedding Date: February 6, 2016

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Micah Appleton
Micah Appleton
Bride • May 24, 2016

Thank you Yogamani for helping us to create a beautiful ceremony for our wedding, we so enjoyed your guidance and expertise in the creation of our ceremony and your flawless deliverance on the day.

We opted for a unique ceremony and Yogamani gave us great advice and resources to make it perfect, she was able to give us hints as to how it would pan out on the day but left it totally in our hands.  Thank you again Yogamani!  You are an amazing celebrant, your light shines bright!

Wedding Date: January 31, 2015

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