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Jill Murphy

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Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy, Celebrant

I am a registered celebrant based in Wairarapa. Ceremonies mark the change in our lives and give us a moment to pause, reflect, honour and celebrate. Offering personalised ceremonies, I can help you to mark your life’s special occasions.

I grew up on a farm up the Turakina Valley and as part of a large family, celebrations were important to us and were filled with love, joy and fun. 

Having a background in hospitality allows me to use my experience in event planning and making events memorable and special.

My husband and I recently moved to the Wairarapa. We chose this region because it has much diversity and beauty. We love it.

I enjoy connecting with people and sharing in their significant life milestones, whether that be sharing their joy, or helping them through their sorrow and grief.

I speak with sincerity, articulate well and am comfortable with intimate events of 10 people right up to large events up to 400 and over.

VCANZ accredited

Validation demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development.

celebrants association of nz member


Your Wedding ceremony is the heart of your wedding, and will set the tone for your celebration and your marriage.

I’ll meet with you, listen to your vision your ideas and your story, and answer your questions.

I will craft a meaningful, one-of-a-kind ceremony that authentically reflects who you are, shares your love story and honours you, your family and friends.

We will work together to design a ceremony that is reflective of your love your life and your dreams.

On your wedding day I will be there as support. I will work with any other wedding facilitators (venue, music, photographer) to create a calm space for you, so as to deliver your ceremony with love.



The loss of a loved one is an emotional and difficult time. There are many decisions to be made in a short amount of time and under a great deal of stress. Every individual and family has different wants and needs for a funeral, celebration of life, or memorial service.

My mission is to create & deliver, a personalized dignified ceremony, which is carefully tailored to reflect and commemorate your loved one’s life.

Reflecting the wishes of the deceased and the family, it can include anything symbolic that reflects the life of the deceased, readings, prayers, poetry, music, etc.

As your Funeral Celebrant, I will meet with the family and listen to the memories, the stories, and offer guidance where needed to craft a ceremony that is reflective of the deceased, and celebrates or commemorates a special unique life.


Advanced Funeral Planning

I can help you plan the funeral that you would like for you.Although you will be gone, it is of great help & comfort to those close to you to be able to give their loved one the farewell that they wanted.

By planning your funeral in advance you will ease the burden & stress on those you leave behind.

I truly believe it is a wonderful gift that you can leave your loved ones.



Jill married Matt and I in March 2018 at our home in Taranaki. She asked a few very important questions in the weeks leading up to the wedding, which on the day translated to a beautiful and eloquent dialogue to open our wedding. The amount of sentiment, humour and grace was perfect for who we are as a couple and what we had hoped for our ceremony.

We are so happy we chose Jill to take on that role for us. What a wonderful person to step us into married life. Thankyou Jill.


Jill, we couldn't think of anyone else we would have preferred to help with our special day. You designed a beautiful ceremony which was very personal for both Tim and I. We have had multiple guests praising your amazing ceremony.

Jill provided advice, ideas and all round love to help make this day special. Tim and I would highly recommend any couple to have Jill be their marriage celebrant. We can't thank you enough.

Lauren & Tim

Jill is an excellent and very professional celebrant. Straight from the initial contact, she guided us and made everything very easy. Jill went above and beyond with her time and even helped out with a wedding arch. A great person to have on your wedding planning team and a lovely lady. Highly recommended!

Paul Hogan, 2021

Jill was a wonderful celebrant for our wedding. She created the perfect ceremony for us, and made us feel so relaxed on the day. We would definitely recommend Jill for your special day.

Victoria Gibson

Jill is fabulous and I couldn't recommend her more highly. From the first contact untill after our wedding Jill was warm, friendly, super helpful and accommodating. We had the most simple wedding ceremony at Brackenridge as it was literally my partner and our children which made it very intimate and personal. Jill just fitted right in there like an additional member of our family. It was so perfect. Thankyou so much.

Frances Hey 2021

Jill married us in February 2020 and her contribution to the magic of our day was enormous.  She helped us to create a truly beautiful ceremony that we will remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.  Her professionalism and personal touches along with her communication and guidance ensured that everything went off without a hitch!
Thank you for everything Jill.....you were absolutely wonderful!
April & Dale

April & Dale 2021

We got married in early January and had Jill Murphy as our celebrant! we absolutely loved her relaxed approach to the day and personal touches she added in after speaking to both myself and my husband. Jill made our ceremony so fun and I could not imagine it to have been any more perfect. If your looking for someone to bring fun and personality to your ceremony Jill is defiantly the way to go.

Rebecca Murphy

Jill delivered the most beautiful service for us. From the very beginning, Jill put so much time and effort into ensuring that it was what we wanted. Jill took the time to get to know us as a couple and told our story beautifully. On the day, Jill was organized, personal and flexiable. Throughout the whole process her communication  was fantastic. We can not recommend Jill enough!

Georgina Goulden


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