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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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Alicia-Jean
Alicia-Jean
Bride • February 28, 2019

What a privilege to have Swami as our celebrant. So calm, relaxed and so in the moment.

We loved writing our own ceremony from all the materials provided to us. It really allowed us to be us.

If we were to do it again, we would choose Swami all over again!

So thank you again so much!!!

Duane & Alicia

Wedding Date: November 24, 2018

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Itzi
Bride • February 27, 2019

We were so lucky to have Yogamani as our wedding celebrant, we still can’t believe how amazing she was from the very first day we met until the moment she pronounced us husband and wife. She was super professional guiding us in every moment, always available to answer all of our questions and take us through every single step of the process. The rehearsal helped us so much that we felt incredibly relax on the day. She perfectly matched our little Waiheke elopement dressing theme making us all feel super comfortable but also reminding us to have fun and enjoy the moment. We really cannot thank her enough for making our day just perfect!

Wedding Date: February 2, 2019

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Caitlin Finlayson
Caitlin Finlayson
Bride • February 26, 2019

As a yogi myself I was so excited to find out that Swami Yogamani Saraswati was available to be our celebrant. We were looking for a special soul who could guide us into creating our own rituals and direct the process. She was just perfect for this.
Her guidance was superb from initial contact to the day, encouraging us to personalise the ceremony, be authentic and make it our own. We put it all together in just two months. She made herself available to us whenever we needed and provided a great resource pack to kick start the process. So many of our guests commented on the ceremony saying it was just incredible, the best they had been to, so meaningful and full of love and connection.
We were impressed with her level of professionalism, attention to detail, care and consideration, not just for us but for our guests as well.
The day turned out exactly as we had envisioned - a relaxed, romantic, nature-filled atmosphere on the beach and we could not have achieved this vibe without her. We cannot thank Yogamani enough and look forward to working with her again.

Wedding Date: January 12, 2019

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Will Smelko
Will Smelko
Groom • February 17, 2019

Swami Yogamani is the absolute best. She was the perfect Celebrant for our wedding day. We have so many wonderful things to say, starting with her:

- Aura: Swami Yogamani is warm, kindhearted person who brought that glowing energy to both our wedding day and to the planning process. She was caring and really amazing to work with, both on the big day and beforehand.

- Thoughtfulness: She really listened attentively to what we were hoping for, and then creatively suggested many thoughts and ideas that would be a perfect match for us. The ceremony and Swami Yogamani’s efforts were uniquely tailored to us and that helped make our celebration truly special to us.

- Professionalism: She went out of her way constantly to be available, responsive, and helpful even on short notice when things would come up. Her high degree of professionalism meant we had one less thing to worry about as we rightfully had full confidence in her work.

- Presentation: WOW. So many people said this was the best Celebration they’ve ever been to, and they really meant it genuinely. Our friends and family were in awe of Swami Yogamani’s incredible presentation skills and the way she helped everything come together.

My wife and I would HIGHLY recommend Swami Yogamani for anyone’s Celebration, Wedding, etc. You will be SO happy if you do, just like we are.

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Wedding Date: February 9, 2018

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Gaia
Gaia
Bride • February 11, 2019

Yogamani was our celebrant for our wedding in January. From the beginning, she was so incredibly open and easy to work with, and she constantly encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. This would have been a dreaded task for us had she not provided us with the most informative and helpful resources to guide us through the process. Yogamani is very warm and kind and truly made our ceremony everything we wanted it to be. We could not have asked for anything more. Would definitely recommend Yogamani XX

Wedding Date: January 27, 2019

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Anna Rosenberg
Anna Rosenberg
Bride • October 16, 2018

Yogamani was the perfect celebrant for us.  Yogamani is calm, professional, beautiful and has so much elegance.
I can get quite nervous and worked up, but Yogamani made me feel calm and confident in readiness of saying my vows.
She wore colours that complemented our wedding pallet.
Unfortunately the venues microphone did cut out (this was not Yogamani’s mircorphone) and she handled this extremely well, putting the mic down and speaking clearly and loudley enough to be heard very well. 
We are very thankful for Yogamani’s profesionalsm in such a situation.
Thank you for making our ceremony so beautiful, and the lead up with all of your template ceremonies was a huge help.

Wedding Date: September 22, 2018

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Michael Renkema
Michael Renkema
Groom • August 12, 2018

We were very pleased to have selected Yogamani as our celebrant. Our wedding day went very smoothly, largely thanks to the extensive resources provided by Yogamani to assist us with planning every element of the ceremony. From numerous options for ceremony wording to suggestions on how to present vows, to music selection and very helpful choreography of the ceremony during rehearsal. It was important for us to involve our children in the ceremony, and Yogamani was very supportive of having our 2 year old son as ring-bearer and 3 year old daughter as flower girl, at all times emphasising that it was our ceremony and that we had freedom to decide how the day should go, without any pressure to do things a certain way. We found Yogamani to be professional, helpful, and extremely kind. Without question we recommend Yogamani for your ceremony.

Wedding Date: January 27, 2018

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Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams
Bride • July 29, 2018

Swami Yogamani was everything my husband and I were looking for in a celebrant. We wanted our wedding to be a party for all our family and friends to celebrate our marriage and we wanted our children to have a pivotal role in the formalities. Yogamani resonates calm, kindness, beauty, and love - all the things you want on your day. Her professionalism is faultless but most importantly she allows you the freedom to make your day yours, however that may look. It is fair to say having Yogamani as part of our union was a big part of what made it so beautiful. She was supportive to our children in their roles on the day and our guests loved her. In our opinion you could not find a better celebrant (she even consults with you on what to she should wear in the day to co-ordinate).

Wedding Date: March 24, 2018

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Allison Yorston
Allison Yorston
Bride • July 17, 2018

We knew that Mani was the celebrant for us from the first time we met with her.  Her natural style and calm approach felt just the right fit for our wedding.  Mani worked with us to create a ceremony that fitted our family, the setting and the tone of our celebrations.  She was honest with her feedback on our ceremony drafts and any advice was given with the intent of improving our ceremony flow, whilst remaining in keeping with our wishes for the day.  The rehearsal was so worthwhile, helping our wedding party to feel comfortable in the venue and with the program, it also meant everything went very smoothly on the actual wedding day. 

Thanks again Mani for being our celebrant, we so enjoyed our actual ceremony, it felt incredibly personal yet relaxed and full of joy.

Wedding Date: March 29, 2018

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Imogen McCall
Imogen McCall
Bride • July 14, 2018

Yogamani was the absolute best marriage celebrant we could have asked for.

Yogamani was recommended to us by a colleague of mine who had worked in the wedding industry for many years. My now husband and I jumped on the recommendation and organised a meeting over a coffee as a cafe which Yogamani had recommended. From the moment we met her we knew she was the perfect celebrant for us!

She seems to have a magic skill of understanding exactly what your requirements are and offers the most wonderful suggestions that really help to personalize a wedding service. Having attended only a hand full of weddings between us, we were fairly lost with how to build a wedding service and Yogamani’s help was absolutely invaluable. She offered all manner of suggestions which helped to co create the most perfect ceremony for us.

On the day Yogamani was welcoming, calm, positive, and had the most warming presence. She also had a sneaky handkerchief up her sleeve so that when I temporarily got a little too emotional during the vows, she whipped out the handkerchief to save my mascara from streaming down my face - a touch that only a truly professional and experienced wedding celebrant would have though of.

Thank you so much Yogamani. You were fantastic!

Wedding Date: February 4, 2018

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Paula Brown
Paula Brown
Bride • July 14, 2018

We were so fortunate to be able to have Swami Yogamani Saraswati as our celebrant.  I had met her whilst doing yoga in Auckland, and the stars aligned, enabling us to coordinate our wedding to be out of Auckland while she was teaching at a retreat.
She was our only choice, we just knew she was right for us because of her knowledge, calm demeanor, kind spirit and professionalism.  Yogamani was able to guide us through the process, respecting our wishes for how we wanted our ceremony to run, yet gently able to suggest ideas to fine tune it.
She looked absolutely amazing and she was super-prepared, which all created a mystical wedding on the seashore where we and our guests could relax and enjoy the moment, later praising the wedding saying it was the best they’d ever been to, and who was the Celebrant?
We cannot thank Yogamani enough, and if you are lucky enough to have her for your wedding, you are very fortunate indeed.

Wedding Date: April 20, 2018

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Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham
Groom • July 04, 2018

We absolutely scored with Yogamani. She was the perfect celebrant in every way!
We initially Skyped with Yogamani as we live in Australia. As soon as we spoke with her, we knew she was the one we wanted to marry us. She has a calming presence about her that immediately put us at ease. From that point up until our wedding day, she was in constant communication with us. She really helped us realise what it was that we wanted from our ceremony. Rather than handing us a script, we got to create our own, so it totally felt like our ceremony was crafted from our hearts and was ours to share with our loved ones.
On the day of the wedding - WOW - she absolutely nailed it. She executed the ceremony with love, connectedness and power. Our words were her words, and the space she created was one we will never forget.
Yogamani, we cannot thank you enough for the huge part you played in making our wedding the most incredibly emotional and glorious day of our lives. Our guests all fell in love with you and they hadn’t even met you!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being so special to us.
Pete & Anthony xxx

Wedding Date: May 18, 2018

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Sarah-Jane Clarke
Sarah-Jane Clarke
Bride • April 09, 2018

What can we say…......Yogamani was absolutely amazing, and we can’t recommend her highly enough!
From our very first Skype chat, as we don’t live in Auckland, to all the numerous emails, advice, questions, support, she was always on hand to offer fabulous advice as well as being just a beautiful person to deal with. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The information pack she sent was perfect, it had so much information, readings, suggestions on everything, so we could put together our own unique and individual ceremony, which truly made our day extra special.
On the day, Yogamani looked absolutely stunning and even matched her beautiful clothes with our colours, she went above and beyond making myself, my husband to be and all our guests feel so very special and relaxed. Yogamani definitely has a presence which is uniquely special and warming, you can’t help but fall in love with her! The ceremony was perfect and absolutely beautiful and everyone commented how it was the most personal and romantic ceremony they had ever been too. It was the perfect day for us and Yogamani was the perfect choice of celebrant.

Wedding Date: December 7, 2017

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Rachael Courtney
Rachael Courtney
Bride • January 24, 2018

We couldn’t have picked a better celebrant for our special day. We were pretty lost when it came to what went into our ceremony, we knew wanted something meaningful but not cheesy and we didn’t know where to begin. From the first meeting with Yogamani we knew we needed her to officiate our wedding. Meeting her is like stepping into a warm bubble of love and acceptance. She is professional and assertive but also warm and inspiring. She genuinely wants you to get the most out of your day. She provided us with heaps of reading material to help us start putting together our ceremony and she inspired us to write the whole lot ourselves which I never saw us doing. It made our day that much more meaningful and unique. I could go on and on and on but suffice to say we are absolutely stoked and feel blessed that we found her.

Wedding Date: November 18, 2017

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Dania
Dania
Bride • January 02, 2018

We first met Yogamani over a simple coffee to discuss the possibilities of her being our celebrant. Within seconds of meeting her, my fiance &I I knew we found the one for us. She was so professional compared to many than we had met and she has a calm and beautiful way of expressing her thoughts and ideas. She is also very encouraging and supported us with many resources that helped us draft our ceremony to reflect me and my husband. Yogamani made me feel calm in her presence and it took a load off me when we met up with her again just days before the wedding as she reassured us in many ways what the ceremony is really about and even helped bring us all together for a rehearsal. She took a lot of time to help us in every step of the way and our ceremony turned out to be absolutely beautiful. Yogamani told my husbands proposal story in such a heart felt elegant way, I could not have been more impressed and happy! smile my husband and I would like to thankyou from the bottom of our hearts for the support and love you have given us, our ceremony is one thing I will never forget from our special day, thankyou for being present with us, would highly recommend Yogamani to anyone getting married ❤️ Much love, Dania & Faissal

Wedding Date: December 27, 2017

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Donna Sullivan
Donna Sullivan
Bride • October 28, 2017

We found Yogamani by a simple Google search and we are so pleased we did. We were looking for a special person to marry us and with our very stressful lives we just wanted this to be a very calm celebration of our long time union. The word calm came up in so many reviews for Yogamani and from our first phone call she was brilliant. She let us completely decide how we wanted to do things, sent helpful material for us to look through and didn’t even get fazed when our busy lives meant that we were writing our ceremony on a tissue in the car on our way to Auckland the afternoon before. She was a complete trooper as we wanted to get married on Piha beach, we didn’t care what the weather. So in the end we married on a windy, stormy day and it could not have been more perfect. Our elopement went just as we had planned on the beach with two witness, no stress and a totally chill celebrant. Couldn’t recommend Yogamani highly enough. <3 <3 <3

Wedding Date: May 18, 2017

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Dylan Yelavich
Dylan Yelavich
Groom • July 15, 2017

From the moment made contact with Yogamani we knew she was the celebrant for us. Through every step of the process Yogamani made us feel at ease and helped us to create a ceremony that was truly ours.

Yogamani’s personality and professionalism cannot be faulted and her unique style was just what we were after for our special day.

We would gladly recommend Yogamani to anyone who is searching for a celebrant.

Wedding Date: March 4, 2017

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Bobby Chan
Bobby Chan
Groom • June 25, 2017

During our wedding planning we came across many recommendations for Yogamani from other people within the wedding industry and couldn’t ignore them.

Due to so much happening during that period of the year, we were quite rushed during the last weeks before the wedding and because of that weren’t that punctual when working through with Yogamani on the details of the day.  Even with this she was calm, collected, very understanding with us and kept in regular contact.

We really didn’t know what was involved when organising a ceremony but Yogamani’s experience and knowledge really showed through to guide us to creating the ceremony we both wanted.  Everything she did was for us, she wouldn’t have said a word out of script without us knowing.

She had ideas which we would have never thought of and extremely thoughtful pieces like vow cards which can only come from experience.
She was fantastic at helping us understand the entire ceremony so that we knew exactly what would be happening on the day so that we wouldn’t be surprised or stressed.

On the day, it went by without a hitch.  Everyone had amazing things to say about Yogamani, from what was said during the ceremony, to her warm personality and inviting conversations.  You’re the best smile

Wedding Date: December 17, 2016

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Jan Mellor
Jan Mellor
Bride • June 12, 2017

As we were going on a long cruise around South America, we thought that to be married on board the ship, with close friends and family present, would set this day apart as particularly special for both of us.

Yogimani contacted us several months prior to our big day and within minutes of her arrival we both knew that this lady would make our special day very special.  Her enthusiasm and excitement were so infectious, we felt that this would not just be another wedding for her, but our wedding, which she would help us create and then play a her - part orchestrating proceedings, to ensure the day was our day.

In the lead up, Yogimani provided us with a plethora of options and ideas for us to look through and from which to create and craft our own day. Despite us being out of the country Yogamani was brilliant at responding to our communications and was always available for questions or advice.

Our day was a gentle mix of our thoughts and Yogamani’s input which we rehearsed to our satisfaction, so that, on the day, all went exactly as we wanted it to and Yogamani’s quiet unobtrusive help made the event glide along without a hitch while her presence added an extra dimension we had not previously considered.

Should the day arrive when we wanted to renew our vows we know to whom we would turn.  For those future brides and grooms, be assured you will have the day of your lives and with all the love you can handle with Yogamani as your celebrant.

Our sincerest thanks Yogamani for all you have done for us prior, on the day and since.
Jan and Bill
15th January, aboard the Sea Princess at Auckland.

Wedding Date: January 15, 2017

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Bride • May 23, 2017

Yogamani was celebrant for my husband and I on the 31st March this year and we were hugely happy with her amazing service, grounded and honest feedback and advice during the whole process. Yogamani’s approach was soft but informative as she gently guided us through the process in the lead up to our wedding day. We found her very helpful in giving additional support as we were organising an international wedding and helping us to construct a ceremony that was reflective of our personalities as well as our relationship. Thank you Yogamani for making our day even more special and bringing such a lovely calming vibe to every aspect you were involved in. It wouldn’t have been as fun without you! Thank you again xxx
Linda and Charlie

Wedding Date: March 31, 2017

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