Christmas weddings

A wedding ceremony on Christmas Day? Well, it can be a wonderful occasion, especially when a family has gathered, the table is set, they’re ready to feast and celebrate the joy of being together. 

As long as the marriage licence is in hand and a celebrant confirmed, it’s not uncommon for couples to spring their marriage as a surprise, and why not?  It might be that just about everyone special in the world to them both is there on Christmas Day, turning a wonderful occasion into an even more memorable one. 

Back in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Christmas Day weddings were a popular tradition and those festive nuptials apparently kept the clergy busy.  However, the logic wasn’t always glamorous because, in some areas of society, Christmas Day (and sometimes Boxing Day) was often the only day a couple didn’t have to work. Those weddings were simple affairs and lost favour around the beginning of the 20th Century gathering momentum again in the1940s when servicemen were often allowed home on leave for Christmas.

Far from simple, a New Year’s Eve wedding, by contrast, can have all the glitz and glamour as people head into what might always be planned as a big night out.  The downside is that venues, travel and accommodation can be a lot more expensive and if the invitation list is long, it needs considerable forward planning.

Easter and anniversary or long weekends are popular for weddings too, as are sequence dates; e.g. 5/10/20 or same number dates; e.g. 19/9/19 and of course St Valentine’s Day. The PS on that date is that a 2018 Melbourne study found that couples who married on 14th February had a much higher rate of failed relationships than those who married on other days.  Considering that and the fact that wedding flowers can be super expensive on Valentines Day might make a couple think twice.

So if you’re planning a wedding with a twist on the date and need a marriage celebrant, the Celebrants’ Association of New Zealand, CANZ is an excellent place to find that perfect person to officiate. Go to and you’ll find someone to make a wedding ceremony uniquely yours.  CANZ celebrants are professionals, committed to a code of ethics and dedicated to the craft of creating exceptional and personal ceremonies. 

Lianne Fraser