Thank you for considering Turret Lodge to host your wedding. Now you have made the decision to get married the “what now” questions are asked. When, where, how, etc. Together we can make it happen.

Your host Celebrant is Graeme Procter

“I am a celebrant registered with the NZ Government department of Births, Deaths and Marriages and a member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand. I am often described as having a very relaxed persona and am very easy to get along with. My whole point is that the day is about you – not me. I have performed traditional weddings and not so traditional weddings.  I will conduct your ceremony your way, after all – its your wedding. The day should reflect what you desire, I will take care of the legal side and you do the rest!”

Graeme Procter Celebrant


P: 027 283 6461

127a Wanganui Road, Marton 4788

  Enquiries welcome.

Wedding Application Process:

Go to the NZ govt website ‘How to Get Married in New Zealand step by step’

Or contact me and my service to you includes;

Introductory meeting Free of Charge at a mutual meeting place

Help with writing your vows

Ideas for the structure of your ceremony

Inspiration for rituals in your ceremony

Writing your ceremony

Second meeting to go through your ceremony (if needed)

Rehearsal ceremony at your chosen venue

Your ceremony will be as individual as you, let me take the stress of the ceremony, so you can focus on your day.

I wish you good luck and lots of love on the road ahead.  Don’t forget, you are in this together.

Fee for 2021 season is $450.  Or is included in Turret Lodge packages.

Account Name: Graeme M Procter

Account no: 03-0626-0143310-000

You provide:

Your marriage license – BDM45 and BDM45a  (apply at

Two witnesses.

Your vows, at least a week in advance to Graeme. (Where possible)

Payment of the fee

If you have any questions that you need answering before paying the deposit please don’t hesitate to ask.


We know how important your wedding day is and we invite you to share our home to make your day extra special. We love our home and its exceptional grounds and thank you for considering us as your wedding venue.

Our home and garden layout means that we can host both your garden ceremony and reception.

We can work together to make the day happen the formal front lawn area can hold a large marquee once decorated with a wedding aisle, and urns of flowers. After the ceremony you can capture moments throughout the grounds or within the homestead, or use the garden as your backdrop – your choice.

The front lawn provides enough space to place a marquee with additional accommodation for caterer tents and equipment. The available area means you can select the style of marquee that matches your wedding theme. With silk linings for the roof, your choice of doorways, entrance ways and windows surrounded with fairy lights the basis of the reception is set.

The caterers have amble area to create the wedding menu of your choice and serve accordingly.

Turret Lodge is a five bedroom homestead that has accommodation for several people on a shared basis.

You are free to book the required amount of rooms that you require. If our accommodation is fully utilised by your guests, we allow self-contained caravans to stay. When you choose Turret Lodge for your wedding, we give you exclusive use of the house and grounds so you can plan your perfect day.

There are also B&B Accommodation, motels etc nearby in Bulls, Marton and Hunterville.

We would love to host your ceremony and reception and we’ll do our best to provide you with the options that work for you. We know that one size does not fit all. At the end of the day its about you and your day that comes first – we will make it work.

A sample of what to do list

12 or More Months Before

 ▢ Determine potential dates and times for your wedding.

▢ Set time, location of Ceremony, Rehearsal & Reception Venue.

▢ Create a wedding budget.

▢ Reserve the locations for your wedding and reception.

▢ Meet with and book your wedding officiant or clergy.

▢ Choose your wedding party and confirm the participants.

▢ Choose your wedding rings.

▢ Draw up an initial guest list.

▢ Organize your engagement party.

▢ Decide on a date

9–12 Months Before

 ▢ Order your wedding dress and attendants’ attire.

▢ Choose Professional Photographer / Videographer / DJ Compose a guest list.

▢ Begin selection of a Caterer.

▢ Arrange for decor, chair covers and linens.

▢ Book your live entertainment or DJ.

▢ Reserve your florist.

▢ Order your wedding cake.

▢ Reserve any rental items from the hire company.

▢ Organise gift registry.

▢ Research accommodation for out-of-town guests.

▢ Plan your honeymoon destination

6–9 Months Before

 ▢ Decide on your menu.

▢ Reserve the musicians and soloist for your ceremony.

▢ Reserve your limousine service.

▢ Order your invitations and any other stationery.

▢ Order wedding favours for your guests.

▢ Choose outfits for mother of the bride and mother of the groom.

 3–6 Months Before

▢ Finalize your guest list.

▢ Choose the reader for your ceremony.

▢ Finalize your order with the florist.

▢ Reserve the men’s wedding attire.

▢ Make an appointment with your hairdresser

 2 Months Before

▢ Send invitations.

▢ Decide on your wedding vows or compose your own. Finalise the reception menus.

▢ Purchase gifts for parents and attendants.

▢ Make appointments for nails and make-up.

▢ Schedule final dress fitting.

1 Month Before

 ▢ Apply for a marriage license.

▢ Plan the rehearsal dinner.

▢ Meet with photographer and videographer.

 2 Weeks Before

 ▢ Have a party for the attendants.

▢ Draft the speeches.

▢ Finalize reception details.

▢ Call any guests who have not replied.

▢ Meet with your make-up artist and hairdresser.

▢ Deliver song lists to musicians or playlists to the disc jockey.

▢ Confirm honeymoon reservations.

1 Week Before

▢ Wedding rehearsal.

▢ Finalise seating plan.

▢ Determine the order for the procession.

▢ Pick up the attire for the groomsmen.

▢ Deliver your marriage license to the officiant.

▢ Confirm the final numbers with the caterer.

▢ Confirm details with the limousine company.

▢ Draw up a seating arrangement for the reception and write out the place cards.

▢ Choose someone to hand out the wedding favours.

▢ Choose someone to return any rented items after the wedding.

▢ Write any cheques required for the wedding day.

▢ Pack for your honeymoon

 On Your Special Day

▢ Give the wedding bands to the best man.

▢ Hair & Makeup

▢ Present the attendants and parents with their gifts. Breath and enjoy your special day!


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Full Name: ____________________________________________________________

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Please email a copy of your booking form to

Thanking you



Graeme Procter