Here are some testimonials offered by couples I have had the pleasure of marrying:
"I couldn't recommend Andrew Deyell enough. We chose him to marry us because of his humour, romance and ability to completely capture a crowd. He made us feel so comfortable and in the safest of hands. We had so many comments on how fabulous he was, and have had many couples ask for his details so they could book him in. Our ceremony was filled with tears, smiles, romance, sincerity and laughter by all. I definitely feel like Andrew is a one of a kind Celebrant. He believes in love and fairy tales and will help you on your journey to a happy wedding and marriage."
-Anna and Jamie Todd (Nov 2013)
"We enjoyed working with Andrew as our marriage celebrant, he made sure the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Andrew's understanding of different cultures was an amazing contribution to the wedding, as our marriage joined together different traditions and values. We recommend Andrew as a marriage celebrant as he guided us through the process from the beginning until the big day!"
-Paul and Calina Wise (May 2014)
“Andrew is the most amazing Celebrant. He made our day so special and unique by learning the entire service in Bulgarian. This meant that our family and friends visiting from Bulgaria could understand everything. If you are looking for a celebrant who is passionate, relaxed and willing to incorporate a cultural element into your service, then Andrew is your man. We really can not thank him enough.”
-Natalie and Peter (May 2014)
"“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust
Andrew's service was Impressive!!! I couldn't have picked any other marriage celebrant to officiate our day. And the quote above rings true as you were apart of our day that made it come together
Right from our first contact, he offered to come to our home to meet with us, and go over the course of our ceremony. He put us at ease as there were so many things going through our heads at the time. We literally had only 6-7 weeks to plan, organize our wedding and select a marriage celebrant, so everything was go .. go .. go from the beginning. His regular communication with us regarding speeches and the order of our day was great.
Overall, on the day, he was ... Outstanding! He delivered tones of gentle, warmth, and wittiness, which brought out sounds of tears, joy, and laughter from family and friends, which a day of celebration is all about.
We both Thank you so much Andrew for officiating and celebrating our day with us.
Thank you many times"
-Enna and Braden (August 2014)
"We’d like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you for helping us to create, and for being a part of, the best day of our lives. Your guidance helped us create a ceremony that was unique and very special to the both of us and we have received many comments about the beautiful words that were spoken on the day. Thank you for your help, your friendly attitude and your guidance. You have made the entire process so easy for us, and we really appreciate it. Thank you so much and take care!"
-Ashleigh and Shane Arras (October 2014)
"Andrew Deyell is an excellent wedding celebrant. His approach is to work closely with you to discover what it is that is important to you as a couple and then to work hard to find ways to bring that to life.
Andrew met with us several times to work on our wedding ceremony, each time we met it got better and better and as a result we were very comfortable and incredibly happy with how everything went on the day. Andrew's motto for your wedding will be "your day, your way". If you want someone who is very organised, professional, insightful and helpful to make your special day happen just the way you want then there isn't anybody else.
If Andrew's still doing weddings when we renew our vows he will 100% be doing that job too!"
-Cam and Sarah (December 2014)
"From the first time we met Andrew we got on really well and had so much fun with him. We found that he went beyond the call and was so generous with his time. Andrew is full of enthusiasm, fun and love. He delivered our ceremony beautifully and flawlessly. He got on well with our guests and everyone enjoyed his company on the day.
We would highly recommend Andrew as a celebrant."
-Sarah & Bassam (January 2015)
"Meeting Andrew for the first time was like meeting an old friend - we clicked straight away! He guided us so well through creating our ceremony, always more than happy to personalise and make suggestions to improve our wording. Andrew was always calm and collected when the pressure was on! On the day, all our guests were coming up to us, commenting on how Andrew came across as wonderful, professional and caring. We can't thank Andrew enough for all his help and support - and especially his patience!"
-Hanna & Tim (January 2015)
"From the first time we met Andrew he made us feel completely at ease, his friendly relaxed style was exactly what we were looking for. He really listened to our story and what we wanted our wedding to be about. He created a ceremony which was perfect for us and felt very personal. He was there to answer any questions we had and was always happy to offer his advice regarding all aspects of our wedding.
Andrew was wonderfully professional and knowledgeable throughout the wedding planning process whilst still making us feel like we were working with a friend. We were delighted to have Andrew as part of our special day and would whole heartedly recommend him. Thanks again Andrew for being such an important part of our big day!"
-Beth and Ben Harrison (Feburay 2015)
"The moment we met Andrew we new we had chosen the perfect celebrant. He was so generous with his time in the preparation leading up to the wedding and together we created a humorous and simple ceremony which completely reflexed us as a couple. Andrew has such an amazing presence and gave an incredible service on the day. He even stayed an extra few hours and gave our guests a lovely surprise by piping us into the reception making it all the more special for a Scotsman marrying a Kiwi.
Hands down our favourite celebrant in Christchurch with some damn fine piping skills. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough."
-Susie and Cameron (Feburay 2015)
"We couldn't have been happier having Andrew marry us on our special day. From the first meeting we immediately felt a sense of kindness, comfort and confidence from Andrew and his unique bubbly personality was exactly what we were looking for. Andrew offered us all the support we needed leading up to the day, leaving us quietly confident for the adventure. During the ceremony Andrew perform excellently, injecting just the right amount of humor making everyone feel welcome and a part of the event. As I said we couldn't have been happier, I would, have been, and will continue to, recommend Andrew to anyone considering the plunge, helping make that special day that little bit more amazing"
-Kristina and Matt (Feburay 2015)
"When my husband Tim and I were searching for our perfect marriage celebrant we had no idea exactly what we were looking for. We were really hoping that we would just know them when we saw them and boy did that happen! Our first meeting with Andrew was one filled with light and laughter. He instantly "got" what our marriage meant to us and what we wanted to commit to each other in far more eloquent words than either of us could manage on our own!Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to make the day so special."
-Rosanna and Tim (Feburay 2015)
"Wow! I got married to my hubby on 6 March 15 and we chose Andrew Deyell for our celebrant on a recommendation from our florist. We were blown away from our first meeting with this lovely man and didn't bother trying anyone else, he made us that comfortable with him with his humor, passion and enthusiasm. We met with him 3 or 4 times prior to the wedding so we could practice and work out our vows, and in between meeting him, he would send us emails to see how we were getting on and if he could assist in anyway which is above and beyond what we would expect.
On our wedding day, this man went out of his way to make our day amazing. He made us (a nervous shy couple) relax, he reassured my parents and made our guests comfortable and was just outstanding. My aunt said if she ever renews her vows she will be getting Andrew to do hers. He really was brilliant, professional and fun.
Kev and I reckon in a year or 2 no-one will be able to get this man to do their wedding because he will be booked out months in advance.
If you would like a verbal testimonial, feel free to contact Andrew and ask for my number because I will rave about him."
-Veronica & Kevin (March 2015)
"We chose Andrew to be our celebrant as we felt so at ease with him. Meeting him for the first time was like meeting an old friend. Andrew is down to earth, caring and genuinely wants to help make your day special the way you want. We really enjoyed the catch-up meetings with Andrew before our big day (these were more to make sure the bride and groom weren't too stressed and to offer help in any way). On the day we had some microphone sound issues however Andrew handled this exceptionally well and even added some extra humour to the ceremony as a result of this which was appreciated by a nervous bride! We couldn't recommend Andrew enough!!'
-Kate and Chad (March 2015)
"Andrew – we just want to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you for helping us create, and being part of, the best day of our lives. From the moment we met you for that ‘meet and greet’ coffee, we knew that you were the superstar for the job. From then on you had everything covered for us and guided us in planning our big day, we are so grateful. You were SO great with our guests and made everyone feel very welcome on our day. Not to mention how fabulous you were with accommodating any changes – even the last minute ones! You have such a calming presence! Thank you Andrew for everything you have done for us – what a great start to our married lives!"
-Ben and Deb Stuart (March 2015)
"Rob and I can honestly not put into words how amazing you have been. You were helpful, always calm and kind, professional but with such a friendly manner and on the day you were so patient with all of our changes!!! Not to mention you just made everything perfect with your words, so many of our guests commented on how fantastic you were, the personal touches and the kilt and just everything you did.... I mean the fact you helped us with our haggis ceremony as wel.... PERFECTION... Like I say, so hard to put into words. You certainly went beyond the call of duty!! Anyway, Rob and I think you are worth a million dollars so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU."
-Mel and Rob (January 2016)
"In trying to find some words to sum up Andrews services, I don't think we have any left! He helped us use them all. But perhaps I can conjure up a couple.
Personal. From our first coffee, we felt right at ease with Andrew. After exchanging emails, phone numbers and dropboxes he truly went above and beyond. After hearing our story, he pulled together an outline for our vows. He emailed weekly to check in, popped round to our home to do a run through of the working draft, met us on-site at our venue to run through the next draft, attended our rehearsal for the final draft, was game enough to join our families for our rehearsal lunch (!), didn't scoff at us making some tweaks to the final final draft the week of...and was just an absolute gentleman on our special day.
Patient. I lost count of the number of revisions to our vows. We love to tinker! We had a few guiding principles that were very important to us and wanted to create an experience that was inclusive of, and connected to, our closest friends and family sharing our day. We looked to Andrew for his honest feedback and advice for shaping the ceremony and he was always so open and willing to hear our ideas and try new things.
Perfect. A lover of language and obvious romantic, Andrew was the perfect celebrant for us. His gentle way was always so supportive, reassuring and respectful. And on the day, he delivered the ceremony with such emotion and grace that our guests all made mention of how great he was.
Andrew, we are so thankful to you for making our little ceremony our own. Thank you (again) for everything.
For everyone else considering a celebrant, my husband and I can't recommend Andrew enough."
-Shelley and Michael (January 2016)
"We couldn't be happier with our choice of having Andrew as our marriage celebrant! He made us feel comfortable from our very first meeting, and his guidance throughout the preparation process made us feel relaxed and at ease. As a young couple, we felt that Andrew had the perfect balance of letting us choose how we wanted our ceremony to be, as well as stepping in to expertly guide us in areas we were unsure about.
His genuine excitement and enthusiasm for love and marriage always shone through in meetings, emails, and of course during the ceremony itself. Apart from being very professional and organised, he is also warm, caring, patient, and funny. Our intimate ceremony was full of both laughter and tears of emotion as Andrew guided our guests through our love story and helped us to affirm our commitment to each other. It couldn't have been a more personal, touching, and beautiful ceremony to us. We never assumed our wedding day would be perfect, but in the end it truly was! So many of our guests mentioned how much they loved our unique yet simple ceremony, and how much they admired Andrew's choice of words, delivery, and personal style.
We honestly couldn't recommend Andrew enough! We were truly overjoyed to be guided and eventually married by Andrew because he focused on what really matters - the love between the two of us. If you're unsure about who to choose as a celebrant, pick Andrew! We're supremely confident that he'll help you to have the best day of your lives, just as he did for us. THANK YOU SO MUCH ANDREW!!!!"
-Naomi and Theo (January 2016)
"We would just like to thank you for bringing your talent, passion and charisma to our wedding ceremony.
In particular, we appreciate the time you spent getting to know us beforehand and the way you seamlessly incorporated our personalities into the proceedings. You were respectful of our wishes and produced a tailored, personalised ceremony that suited us perfectly. Your relaxed and confident approach made the entire process effortless and your calm direction and warm, captivating delivery helped to set the tone for what was a truly incredible day. Choosing you as our marriage celebrant was an excellent decision and we will be sure to highly recommend you."
-Lisa and Andy (January 2016)
"We would like to say a special thank you to you, our wonderful Celebrant, Andrew. From day one we hit it off, Andrew you made us feel so relaxed and at ease with the whole process with your guidance throughout the process and helped us create a day that was true to ourselves full of love and laughter. You were fantastic with our guests and our children and we were inundated with complements at our choice of Celebrant. If anyone is looking for a Celebrant, we recommend you choose Andrew!"
-Cindy and Luke (February 2016)
"Andrew was such a lovely man to co ordinate our wedding with . He made everything simple, no stress or need to worry about anything as he had everything clearly thought out. For anyone needing a celebrant to officiate their wedding we would strongly recommend Andrew Deyell. You will not regret it."
-Greg and Kate (October 2016)
"We met Andrew and straight away he put us at ease - instead of meeting a stranger, it was like catching up with an old friend. The communication leading up to our big day was outstanding and nothing was ever a problem. Andrew wrote our ceremony to suit us as a couple and we couldn't be happier with the outcome of our ceremony. He made us feel relaxed and calm on the day and really put us at ease throughout the whole process. I couldn't recommend him highly enough! "
-Kim and Rick (December 2016)
"Andrew is an absolutely exceptional celebrant. He has the most wonderful manner and our ceremony was so beautifully tailored to reflect us as individuals, as a couple, and the importance of family and friends to us. Andrew made us feel so comfortable and had every little detail covered. He is fun, humorous, kind, generous, highly professional and has a very special way with words. We had many comments on what a fantastic job he did officiating our wedding day. We are very thankful to Andrew for his guidance and for the way he captured how much marriage meant to us. We would highly recommend Andrew."
-Hannah and Lewis (January 2017)
"Andrew was the perfect choice of celebrant for Riki and I. We contacted Andrew from his website and his warm immediate response was all we needed to confirm we had made a good choice.
Andrew is so in control it's scary. Our meetings prior to our wedding were efficient and friendly. He took the time to get to know us as a couple and perfectly summed up our story. Andrew was always available if we needed and there was lots of contact in the few weeks prior. On the day Andrew has a very calming effect. Neither of us mispronounced our vows as he made us feel very relaxed. Andrew speaks with passion and affection. He clearly enjoys his job. We have nothing bad to say about Andrews service and highly recommend him for couples wanting a devoted warm true professional."
-Lizzie and Riki (February 2017)
"Andrew, we were so happy to have you as part of our day! Your sincerity and passion for what you do really came through in our wedding ceremony. We had so many comments from guests afterwards that you were “the best celebrant ever”, and we totally agree! Thank you so much for all the support leading up to the day, we so appreciated all the information you gave us right from day one, then the little check-ins you did along the way to make sure we were tracking ok with our planning. The service you provided from start to finish was just so helpful, we felt truly looked after! It felt a bit strange seeing you leave after the ceremony - felt like you were part of the family by then!
Thanks again for everything you did, you will forever be part of our special day.
-Andy & Shanelle (February 2017)
"Andrew was the perfect choice for us for our wedding. We had a large rowdy crowd, and a large rowdy wedding party, and his presence and approach was perfect to keep everything running smoothly. He also managed to put up with myself and
my husband during the planning process as we bumbled our way along during a very busy work time which was much appreciated. Andrew was patient, kind, organized, and created a ceremony for us that was completely perfect in every way.
We had so many comments afterwards that our guests found it unique, moving, funny, and completely us. Thank you Andrew!"
-Victoria & Daniel (October 2017)
"Choosing a celebrant felt like trying to find a third wheel in our relationship. We found the perfect third wheel in Andrew.
It was like it was meant to be. After meeting him we realised he was my now husbands scout leader as a boy.
Andrew was very attentive during the lead up to our big day, I loved the emails with a count down to our wedding.
Our daughter would get excited when we told her Andrew would be visiting for a run through of the ceremony!
After the wedding, my husband made the comment that it felt as if Andrew was now a part of the family
and that he was sad we won’t see him again.
Thank you for everything, Andrew. We wouldn’t have had any other third wheel!"
-Ali and Michael (January 2018)
"I met Andrew in a personal nature as he worked with and is a great friend of my Mum.When my now husband proposed,
there wasn’t another person I would have even considered to have as our celebrant,
as I knew Andrew to be one of the friendliest, sincerest and warmest people that I have ever met.
Luckily after meeting him for the first time, James felt exactly the same…
From the very first meeting in our home to discuss our ceremony, he was so much fun.
He guided us through choosing the words that most fitted our love and our beliefs,
and helped us to make the most beautiful ceremony.
We really had no idea what we wanted at the start, and Andrew helped us to find the perfect words to celebrate our Marriage.
Keeping in touch regularly and many offers of his time and expertise,
The emails counting down to our wedding were such a lovely touch.
At the rehearsal, Andrews’ humour shone through, and he helped to make what was quite a nerve wracking experience
(sharing your ceremony with others for the very first time) into a fun, laughter filled moment,
and never gave too much of the special and surprise details away, instead keeping them for the wedding itself.
On the day, we could not have been happier, Andrew is a natural with a crowd, and an amazing public speaker.
Our ceremony was heartfelt and genuine in nature, and was met with much laughter and many tears from our guests.
Many of whom exclaimed to me that they have “never cried so much” nor “been to a wedding filled with more love”. I know that it was only with the help of Andrew that we “Nailed It”!!
Andrew is kind, genuine and he truly believes in LOVE. We can’t recommend him enough.
-Kylie and JAmes (February 2018)
Truly couldn't fault Andrew. We interviewed about 6 celebrants and he just felt right.
We're so glad we kept looking til we found him!
His ongoing support and always putting up with us trying to elope! 😂
He totally grounded us from start to finish. Never got annoyed when we were useless at making decisions and
was a total pillar on the day for Jarren who was freaking out.
We had about 20 people specifically mention how fantastic he was and how it was the best ceremony
they had attended (inculding several gruff non emotional Scottish men).
He piped us in and completely added to the wow factor.
Thanks so much Andrew xxx
You were a total highlight of the experience for us .
Cree and Jarren (March 2018)
We were fortunate to have Andrew officiate at our wedding on 18.8.18,
and we wouldn't have had it any other way.
From the initial get together, Andrew put us at ease, listened to us, and what we were trying to achieve,
he made suggestion and with his guidance the three of us crafted a ceremony that set the scene for the entire day.
His natural talent for holding an audience captive, and ensuring that every detail is met,
made us feel like our special day was perfect.
Andrews' efforts were a major factor in the fantastic wedding we had, and consider him now a welcomed friend.
Tanya and Steve (August 2018)
I was married to James, my first love, by Andrew John Deyell 29th September 2018.
James and I had reconnected a few years earlier and fallen in love all over again.
James proposed and it came time to choose the right celebrant for our big day.
James mentioned Andrew who he has known, worked with and loved for many years.
We met with him and I instantly warmed to him as someone who is committed to his family,
devoted to his wife and believes in the sanctity of marriage and the treasure that is love.
Within a few days he sent us a veritable smorgasbord of wedding vows – full of ideas and suggestions.
We knew we wanted something traditional and Andrew tweaked the vows to suit us.
On the big day he arrived early, reassured the groom and made sure the scene was set.
After warmly welcoming the guests, he guided us carefully and meaningfully through our vows.
He had the gravitas and, more importantly, the heart to make our ceremony perfect.
I can honestly say that we had the perfect wedding day and I highly recommend this lovely man as a wedding celebrant.
On a side note James and I would both like to wish you a wonderful wedding and a beautiful future together.
Elizabeth and James (September 2018)
When we first meet Andrew, we just knew he would be the perfect celebrant for us.
He helped us pick the perfect words and kept our nerves under control!
With having an intimate ceremony it was like having an family member up there with us 💗
Thank you soooooo much Andrew for coming along this journey with us! (Only downside is we won’t get to see you as often)
Tania and Ryan (October 2018)
Andrew helped us to craft a ceremony that was meaningful, and memorable, and that felt like us.
It felt like Andrew was invested in us and our wedding, and he provided us with guidance to put into words
what we mean to each other and why being husband and wife was so important to us.
It felt like 'our' ceremony and not something he had recycled. Pre-wedding,
Andrew was organised and enthusiastic and was always happy to provide us with ideas and
help us troubleshoot any concerns that arose.
Andrew was an ideas man and even suggested an age appropriate way to involve out two children.
On the day, Andrew was outstanding. He captivated the audience and held everyone's attention, and we received numerous compliments from young and old about what a beautiful service he had officiated.
Andrew gave us confidence everything would be okay and run smoothly and the ideas man is a true professional -
he even leapt out the way so he is not in our first kiss shot! Another one of the little details I never would have thought of
but that Andrew was all over. He truly is a special find and will make your day so much more sincere and memorable.
Thank you so much Andrew, we are so grateful for all that you did for us and our family in the preparation for, and on, our big day.
You are THE BEST.
Liana and Ed (January 2019)
A big thank you to Andrew for being the most amazing celebrant we could have dreamed of.
We literally could not have imagined getting married by anyone else.
Thank you for creating such a magical and memorable day.
Plamen and I are beyond grateful to be blessed with such a loving, caring and supportive friend.
Also cheers for being our MC with only 12 hours notice, hehe.
Also a big thank you to Margarita, his beautiful wife, for being our translator last minute.
We love you and honestly can't thank you both enough!
To all my friends who are currently engaged, I 11/10 reccomend Andrew.
If you know me well, then you would know I'm quite picky about this kind of stuff :)
Hannah and Plamen (October 2019)
Andrew, Words cannot express how thankful we are to you. You were amazing.
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so beautiful and so very US.
We couldn't have dreamed for a better celebrant and guide into matrimony.
Your part in it was an absolute gift. Thanks again, Ana & Abram Simon
Ana and Abram (November 2019)
When we were looking for a celebrant and we came across Andrew,
we really liked that he was not only kiwi but also had a Bulgarian wife and having spent time in Europe,
was familiar with European customs and traditions.
We noticed that on his facebook page that he had been the celebrant of a wedding where he had worn a kilt,
so we knew that he was willing to go above and beyond to make the day special for everyone involved.
When we first met Andrew our impression of him was that he was a very kind man who genuinely loves what he does.
We were really impressed with Andrew's professionalism and desire for the wedding to be very personal for us.
He read through the script for the ceremony to make sure that we were happy with every detail
and the words he used to describe our relationship were fantastic, we could not say it better ourselves.
He was very accommodating, offering to meet as often as needed, meeting with us in our home,
replying to messages promptly and ensured at each step along the way that everything was to our satisfaction.
We loved receiving his count down emails and the attention he gave us made us feel like we were not just one of many.
He also committed to learning some Czech phrases so that he could welcome my wife's parents at the ceremony.
During the rehearsal, his easy going manner and props made us feel relaxed and confident that we would be fine on the big day.
He seemingly had an infinite number of pockets in which to store tissues for the crying bride during the ceremony.
Andrew has an excellent clear voice that carries so we did not need a microphone
which made us feel more comfortable during the ceremony.
After the ceremony he gave us the marriage certificate tied with a ribbon of Czech colours which we thought was a really nice touch.
Overall we were extremely happy with Andrew and would recommend him to anyone.
Mike & Lenka New Zealand & Czech Republic (January 2020)