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meet wendy haynes,
leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.
It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present. 
Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.

Gratitude for NZ

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The Vision from the Top

Just before we turn the corner to head to Harris Saddle I looked back and I am always amazed... just how far I have come. Did I really climb up that steep track? It all it takes is one foot in front of the other. And when, I think about my celebrancy business it has been like that... one step after the other and of course, being well prepared.

One of the best things I did for preparing myself for this walk was lots of upper body, leg and torso exercises so I could carry the 17kg pack up the hill. For my business one of the best preparations I undertook was to put together a business plan.

Whether you are a new or long time appointed celebrant, or if you are about to get married, or a parent with a young family... think about your vision for where you are going.
  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • Do you have any big or small goals?
  • What skills do you have that will help you?
  • What do you need to improve to get what you want?
  • Who are your allies?
The answers to these questions (and any others you can think of) will guide your way forward and open you to new opportunities. Looking back over 2009 I am amazed at how much has happened.

If you are a celebrant then my latest ebook, 'The essential wedding kit for marriage celebrants' is a great pack to have on the celebrancy journey. Click here to find out more.

May you enjoy the adventure of life and the journey. Create a vision, be prepared and enjoy the views along the way!
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Reflections on Lake Harris

On our second day of the Routeburn Track walk we were blessed with a still sunny day. Climbing up a mountain is inspiring. You cannot see what lies ahead most of the time, and it is onward and upward. Each step taking you higher. The first part of this walk is straight up through beautiful beech forest, along steep edges that fall away just to the side of the track. We carrying our day packs, with lunch and supplies on hand, as we venture out excited by the clear weather and the promise of great views. We are not disappointed, each section of the track is spectacular and just when we think we have arrived another peak looms ahead and another great vista lies before us.

At the cabins at night there is a special camaraderie that forms between fellow walkers that is unique. A friendship based upon a love of being outdoors and adventure. Everyone is friendly and has a story to tell. They are welcoming and share companionship after a hard days walk. The spirit of community and caring is alive and well in the mountains!

Rog and I both stopped and did some yoga and had a swim (read quick dip) in this glacial lake. It was refreshing and uplifting to say the list and because of the dry air we dried very quickly. Yes, it was freezing cold although we warmed up very quickly once we were out. The warmth of the sun was beautiful.

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Simpy Ritual of Walking

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New Zealand and Divorce Ceremony!

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