About me

Kia Ora, and welcome. My name is Anne, and I am a mum, wife, friend, daughter, amateur Photoshop enthusiast, Registered Nurse and Registered Life Celebrant. I offer personalised and memorable Wedding Ceremony & Funeral Ceremony, and work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Wedding ceremonies can be traditional, unconventional, themed, cultural fusions or same sex weddings. Funeral ceremonies are about celebrating the life of your loved one. I bring humour, warmth and hopefully some fun to your ceremony. I would be honoured to work closely with you to write a personalised ceremony for the special events in your life that meets your needs.

I am married with a 14 year old daughter and live in West Auckland. I was a Registered Nurse of some 25 years working mainly in the operating theatre, but have had a reasonably varied nursing career. I feel I bring all of my nursing skills like empathy, compassion, time-keeping, ethics, critical thinking, attention to detail, confidence, listening and communication to the role of a celebrant. I am based in Auckland, but would be happy to discuss travel with you.

Please feel free to contact me via the contact form on this website. You can also contact me on the phone number that appears in the top menu of this page, or alternatively there is a Facebook icon that appears at the bottom of each page.

A celebrant brings to the table a person who is able to lead a ceremony, be it a wedding ceremony, a funeral, a vow renewal or an ashes burial ceremony with confidence. They must be able to hold a space, sometimes with hundreds of people, resolve conflict, have an eye for detail, have excellent writing skills, have good listening skills and of course have the confidence and voice to speak at, deliver and lead your ceremony. The approach of a celebrant is to be "hands-on", meaning that they will walk the journey of writing and delivering your ceremony right through with you to ensure you get the ceremony you want.

Weddings / Vow Renewals

Whether your celebration is a marriage, civil union, renewal of vows, or an elopement, this ceremony celebrates two people becoming united. 


Funerals are a celebration of the deceased’s life, a chance to tell their life story, and is a beautiful way to acknowledge, celebrate and honour the life of a loved one who has passed away.

Pet Funerals

A wonderful way to remember and help grieve a beloved pet is hold a pet funeral. It typically involves sharing memories and stories about the pet.

Name Giving Ceremony

The non-religious and popular name giving Ceremony is usually held to welcome a new baby. This celebration typically involves family and friends with poems, reading, story sharing and music.

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Member of CANZ

CANZ is the Celebrant Association of New Zealand. CANZ provide celebrants with a professional body, promoting celebrancy, supporting practising celebrants, and influencing the place of ceremony in New Zealand.

Email: anne@annebesley.co.nz

Mobile: 021 644 539

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