Testimonials

Thank-you to all of the many couples that have given me a chance to be part of your special wedding day……. I love my work 🙂

Ida was the perfect addition to a perfect wedding weekend.  Jo & JamesOurs was a destination weekend, and we arranged everything remotely with final face to face meetings 3 days before the actual ceremony. Ida was super accommodating and the ceremony she wrote for us was an absolute hit – poignant, funny, quirky and some memorable lines that our guests have been quoting back to us since the big day. I can’t recommend Ida enough as a celebrant – a class act and the perfect person to plan with, laugh with and provide that little bit of extra support needed during the ceremony when the tears are threatening to take over.  Thank you Ida for making our big day the best day of our lives.   Jo & James

Colleen & Matthew

 

 

Ida was a fabulous celebrant—she was generous with her time, flexible, accommodating, and did everything she could to make sure we had a fabulous day.  We highly recommend her. 

Colleen & Matthew

 

 

What can I say about Ida? Ida was the perfect celebrant for our perfect wedding day in New Zealand! We eloped from the UK to get married in Russell in the Bay of Islands and from the very firsBelinda & Stephent meeting with Ida we knew we had made the best possible choice.

Ida is a delightful, caring, funny, supportive, lovely lady who did everything she possibly could have to make sure that we had the best marriage service. She even waded into her pond to find and clean a shell in which to put our rings for our witness to use at our ceremony! We felt we had known Ida for years and she was totally emotionally invested in our ceremony, even tearing up when she saw me sobbing as I approached my future husband at the beginning of the ceremony. Ida really cares about the people she marries, with her it is not a case of just ‘going through the motions’ but the most important ceremony a couple can have and her first draft of our service from our brief answers to her questions was so moving and thoughtful that it had me in tears before our special day!  Our day could not have been more special and that is largely due to us having the wonderful Ida Birch as our celebrant, and now our friend hopefully long into our future.    Belinda & Stephen

Firstly Ida was amazing! From the moment we made contact, to the Skype catch up, Jessie &n Gavinmeeting in person and finally performing the ceremony she was wonderful! Ida provided us with all of the information we required from the get go so we were well and truly aware of what we had to do to tick the ‘legal’ boxes which was great. We were aware of timelines, costs and everything so it made the actual ‘getting married’ part of the process easy!
Ida created us the most amazing personalised ceremony which told the story of my husband and I and how we got to where we were. It have people laughing and some crying and she even got some future business out of the guests.
Ida has this persona that makes you relax around her, she has everything under control and this suited out personalities and approach to our wedding perfectly!
If you have the chance to have Ida involved in your wedding we would highly recommend her! She played a part in making our day perfect and she’s the type of person that you feel like you’ve known forever and that you want to keep intouch with.   Jessie & Gavin

 

Emma & Nathan 2Ida was an absolute dream to work with. Recommended by my mother who owns a small church that serves as a wedding venue in Russell, from the minute we met Ida, we knew we had found the perfect celebrant for us. She was warm, welcoming, friendly – and had a wonderful sense of humour which was hugely important to us. We didn’t want to have a religious ceremony and, being a writer myself, the most important part of the whole day to me was the words. Ida couldn’t have done a better job of putting words to our vision. She captured perfectly the essence of Nath and I and I had countless people come up to me after the ceremony to say it was the most personalised, beautiful ceremony they had ever attended. Nothing was an issue for Ida – even though we chose to get married on a private beach where the entire bridal party was rowed ashore to the sweet sounds of the local Russell Ukulele Orchestra – she took everything in her stride (even the uninvited guests who turned up naked – we had actually chosen to get married on a nudist beach!). Everything about the day was perfect and we couldn’t recommend Ida more highly. We’d use her again in a heartbeat – and happily get married all over again! Thanks Ida for – quite literally – making our dream come true. We love you! xxx                  Emma and Nathan

From the moment we contacted Ida from Australia until our arrival in Bay of Islands NZ Ida guided us every step of the way. Ida is an amazing wordsmith capturing the essence of us both in the written ceremony she created and performed for us.  Ida warmed our hearts and made our wedding day one of joy and pure love. Ida is a true professional, caring and passionate about her service she provides.       Lee-Ann & Dani

 

Rachel & JenIda went above and beyond to make our special day the absolute best it could be. She took the time to get to know us and our family to ensure our ceremony reflected who we are. When rain caused a change in plans for our ceremony location, Ida took care of all the details to make sure our back up location was even better than our original idea. Over the course of planning our wedding and on the day itself Ida was a constant calming influence and we couldn’t have imagined anyone else making our day as incredible. We will forever be grateful to Ida for everything.    Rachel & Jen

Ida, what a wonderful Celebrant and a new friend! We had such a fabulous day and a lot of Geoff & Karenit was down to Ida. She is so lovely, professional and friendly, She made our day so special, it was like we had known her for years. The ceremony was personalised, light hearted and funny! We definitely chose the right person for our day, she is awesome.  We would highly recommend Ida if you want the BEST.    Karen & Geoff

Our wedding day was the most special day ever…we were honored to have ida as our MC..she made us feel relaxed and our normal mad selves…our family and friends enjoyed the ceremony with love and laughter enjoyed through out the service. Ida’s professional approach is sincere and honest. Cheers..Jay and Deb.

Crystal & MattIda is amazing!
We eloped to Russell. So we were organising everything from afar. Ida was so helpful through the whole process with the organising of the ceremony, reception, florist and photographer.
On the day she was just wonderful! Making us all feel at ease & she is so easy going!
She is everything you could ever wish for in a celebrant!  It was an honour to have Ida marry us, In fact we are traveling back on our anniversary and we are having a drink with Ida grin     Crystal & Matt

Hayley Brocke

Ida was an absolute dream to work with. She made us feel at ease and was so helpful both pre and post wedding. Our day was magical and Ida was a big part of that. We were able to tailor our ceremony to exactly how we wanted it and many commented how they loved how personal our ceremony was. Ida was so easy to work with she actually made you feel like you had known her forever and she was a old friend giving you away.  Thank you so much Ida for being a part of our special day!   We will definately recommend you to everyone!       Hayley & Brocke

Heatherlea & AaronIf there was an award for best celebrant of the year Ida Birch would be number one in our opinion. She did an amazing job with the entire process, she was always approachable and communicated well. She always made us feel relaxed and at ease when discussing our wedding ceremony as we are both quite shy people. Ida created our ceremony so it reflected us well and it was very personalised and funny!!! Our guests even loved it as it wasn’t stock standard. We recommend Ida Birch to anyone who is looking for a wedding celebrant, she does a FANTASTIC job!!!        Heatherlea & Aaron

We decided to bite the bullet and get married.  We wanted a small intimate wedding in one of our favourite places in New Zealand – Russell.  We found Ida on the internet and set up a meeting at Easter this year. With both of us having at least one Irish parent, it was like meeting one of the family, she made us feel so comfortable it was as if we had known her for years. She got us to fill in a questionnaire to enable her to know us better.  This came in handy when on the wedding day made the ceremony so funny, personal,relaxed and stress free so that we could enjoy the day. And with the unexpected oysters that she picked up on her way and with the neighbour Al,Al,Allen next door made the whole experience awesome. So if you”re looking for the special wow factor for your wedding, I would not hesitate in putting Ida’s name forward as your celibrant as she will make your day memorable for all the right reasons.      Matt and Mary 🙂 

Laura and Alex WeddingIda was the first and only celebrant we met with. Getting back into the car after meeting Ida we looked at each other and both said ‘Yes, she’s the one’. Ida is warm, fun, friendly and a complete pleasure to be around. She completely got who we are and that we wanted our ceremony to be fun and not soppy. Even to the point of letting us have a game of rock, paper, scissors incorporated in to the ceremony to decide which of us said our vows first (we both wanted to go first).            Ida went out of her way to make it exactly what we wanted and every guest came up to us afterwards and said how much they had enjoyed the ceremony and how personal and fun it was. Ida’s fantastic personality, wit and humour meant she took the awkward moment of a waiter dropping a tray of cocktails just before the end of the ceremony in her stride and made light of the situation by telling everyone that the drinks might be delayed!     Ida you are fantastic!                      Laura and Alex Rumsey

Ida was amazing; she gave us everything we could have wanted in a wedding ceremony and just helped make the whole process of planning a wedding fun and easy.  We highly recommend Ida to anybody seeking a wedding celebrant in the Bay of Islands. We were planning our wedding in NZ from Australia so much of our communication was by email or skype, Ida was always very prompt at responding to any queries we had and was always more than happy to answer any questions, which gave us complete trust and confidence in her, all contributing to making our day run smoothly and stress-free.  Tim & JadaAs we were overseas, Ida also helped us with a few other little things (like finding a suitable ceremony venue!) which was above and beyond what we expected but was extremely appreciated. We were so impressed with the ceremony she created for us based off just a few criteria we had set out and the questionnaire we completed.  We wanted something fairly non-traditional, non-religious, fun and personal – Ida created just that and it was perfect.  We can’t thank Ida enough for being a part of our perfect day and making it such a memorable experience. We would highly recommend making the most of her questionnaire as this let her weave her magic and make our ceremony very unique and about us and our life together rather than the generic wedding stuff, making it all the more special with many of our guests commenting that the ceremony was “very us”. Ida also has the simple little things sorted and thought about, things that although little make a big difference.  Thank you Ida – we couldn’t have dreamt of a more amazing wedding celebrant!                Tim and Jada Wong

Daniel & Bonnie

Your warm, bubbly personality instantly put us at ease. You made everything seem so simple – fun not stressful. Your professional guidance and genuine love for what you do helped us to create the most memorable and special ceremony which formed the heart of our wedding day. It was everything we hoped for – everything was perfect thanks to you. It truly was a pleasure to have you there, being a part of our special day. Thank you so much Ida.              Bonnie and Daniel

Ida was not our marriage celebrant, Ida became our friend. From the very first meeting we clicked. She got us – and believe me that’s no mean feat! We appreciated her energy, her genuine interest in what we wanted and above all the professional ease she brought to the arrangements. Nothing was too much trouble – Ida always made us feel like we were her only clients. Ida asked us to give her some backround information- you know about ourselves, hoe we met, our likes, dislikes, etc. We never imagined that what we considered a rough outline could have been transformed into the most moving wedding ceremony either ourselves or our guests had ever heard. We had everyone, including the tough guys, sharing a gamut of emotions…laughter and tears. It was perfect. So many of our friends and family commented on Ida and how she set everyone at ease but still maintained the solemnity of the occasion. It is a shame we can’t say that we would use Ida again…. cos’ we are only doing this once!!! But my husband and I are so blessed that she made our day as magical as it was.          Shar & Jack Hansji

Well what can Mrs Hepple & I say?!
Ida was a star from the moment when we, all the way from the UK, had this crazy plan that we could get married sometime in 2015 in the Bay of Islands NZ. Monique & KitWe emailed Ida (details obtained from internet search) to see when she might be available during second half of January to be our celebrant.
What we received back (given different hemisphere effectively by return) was a detailed resume about Ida, when she was available & then some invaluable information about red tape/ hoops we would need to tackle to make it all possible + links to local photographers etc.. (here we have to recommend Robyn Parker!). We met Ida face to face for the first time about a week before our wedding. (an informal, & wholly enjoyable lunch at the Duke of Marlborough in Russell) & immediately both of us knew that we had found the ideal person to marry us.
Ida did not disappoint. Monique & I enjoyed a lovely evening the night before the wedding at First Light Villa, The Eagles Nest with her husband Ian.
We could not have felt more comfortable & relaxed as we retired that night.
As for “the day” itself it was perfect. Ida has this wonderful “all will be fine, there will be no issues” way about her (I know there was only the two of us but you still get all wound up!).
I think it’s a bit of the Irish coming to the fore actually. Anyway, to summarise, we could not write a more glowing review. Ida you were lovely, Thank you so much.
Mr & Mrs Hepple xx

We highly recommend Ida; can’t find a better celebrant in the Bay of Islands. She’s Boris & Ankefantastic, well organised, has a great sense of humour, and you can feel that Ida is passionate about what she does. From our first Skype consultation, through the many questions we had, the final preparation for our big event, to the ceremony itself and the whole wedding day, Ida provided exceptional support. Everything went so well without fault. She organised so much for us, thinks of everything, supported us through the whole process, and is great fun. We got a very individual, emotional, and all-round great ceremony. Only arriving at the Bay of Islands the day before, all preparation was remotely via email and Skype. On the day before when Ida met us in person for the finishing touches, we felt more like we found a friend. We always felt relaxed and confident that our day would turn out as great as it did.                                  Thank you so much Ida from Anke and Boris!

A wedding is an incredible journey, something you want to share with the special people in your life.
Last year a year before our wedding Jeremy and I were blessed to find an incredible, touching and beautiful lady by the name of Ida Birch. Ida touched our hearts as soon as we met her. We knew that she was going to be an amazing celebrant with her focus on us and our love and her personal touches whilst meeting her.
Ida soon really became part of our journey with her lovely emails and phone calls and kind words and guidance along our way.
Her husband Ian and Ida then basically became part of the family when they arrived to our farm to do the wedding rehersal and both of our families were touched at this special lady and her husband. Poor Ian was running round doing jobs on the farm for dad whilst ida spent her time with the bridal party settling everyone nerves and really getting to know each and every person in the bridal party. Ida did an incredible job of our ceremony both during the wedding and all the prep that led up to it. We feel absolutely blessed to have had her as our celebrant and now feel like she is a close friend and will always keep in touch with her. I highly recommend Ida as a celebrant especially to those getting married that feel they want someone who is extremely personal and will do whatever you need for you day.
Thank you so much Ida I have tears in my eyes as I write this your are a truly special person have touched Jeremy and i’s hearts.
We will never forget our special day and the magic you helped bring.
Love always
Mr and Mrs Fox

Ida was the first celebrant that we found in the Bay of Islands on google.  We didn’t look any further and we are glad that we didn’t.  Ida replied to our emailed enquiry promptly then we spoke on the phone and skyped.  You warm to Ida straight away and she went far beyond the duty of a celebrant giving us contacts and suggestions etc. We had little local knowledge of Russell so really appreciated having a support person to help put together a perfect day for our wedding. All the people Ida put us in contact with such as the venue hosts Mark and Angelique Richards and the photographer Robyn Parker were awesome to work with as well.  Ida took the time to gather information from us to put together the ceremony.  Ida listened to what we wanted and she delivered! Ida co-ordinated with our hosts @ Tikitikiora lodge and together they put together a fun, relaxing and magical day for us.  Ida has a fun side and a sincere side and we would recommend her for any occasion.     Thank you Ida
Love from Kim and Bruce Rogers

Ida was absolutely amazing as the celebrant at our small wedding in Russell recently.  She was incredibly easy to work with, giving us loads of inspiration and reminders on everything we needed to organise.  She was cool, calm and collected at all times, and on top of everything.  Most importantly she was so much fun!  We didn’t want a boring traditional wedding, and wanted everyone to laugh and enjoy it – there would be no falling asleep at our ceremony!  We had a great laugh, and it certainly wouldn’t have been anywhere near as easy or enjoyable without such fantastic support from Ida.  We will be seeing her on our regular visits to Russell in the future.  Thank you SOOO much Ida!               Shelley & Ant

Ida was fantastic.
From our first skype consultation she had us all in fits of laughter and feeling at ease with her.
We have 8 children and Ida won them over before they had even met her in person.
We found Ida so easy to work with,very well organised and nothing was too much trouble. Ida provided us with a heap of useful resources that made things like writing our vows easy.
Ida was the perfect celebrant for our crazy lesbian wedding and we thoroughly enjoyed the Ida touches that she added to our ceremony.
Ida really got how important it was to us that our children were a part of our ceremony and did a fantastic job of including them.
Couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant – thanks heaps Ida. We are all looking forward to seeing you again some day.
Love Mrs and Mrs Kerrie & Claire SouthernVasey xxx

Ida was perfect for our intimate occasion, her professionalism right from our first email gave us the confidence to proceed knowing that everything we discussed would be taken care of.
When we met Ida we clicked straight away and she got our sense of humour.. As it was similar to ours!
The day was perfect and the way Ida conducted the ceremony was beyond our expectations.
We would fully recommend Ida to any couple looking for a competent and very funny celebrant.          Nathan & Vicky

Ida was absolutely fantastic.  We simply cannot praise or recommend her enough – she made our ceremony a stress free, funny and simply beautiful occasion. As we were living overseas on a yacht with minimal internet access, Ida wrote the entire ceremony for us from a questionnaire we emailed to her.  She cleverly and succinctly summed up us, our lifestyle and relationship and wrote some lovely words. As we’d been together 15 years, we wanted a fuss free, simple and relaxed day with just a handful of friends.  We figured it would be low key but Ida made sure it was truly memorable. Her bubbly personality, genuine warmth and understanding of people really make her a very special person who we felt completely comfortable, relaxed and happy with.     Brenda & David

Jo & Roch   “Ida was AMAZING! Her Irish friendliness, humour and easy going nature made it a dream to work with her. She is easy to connect with and it makes the whole process a lot easier than it could otherwise be and all the examples she has also help get the ball rolling.  Ida has such genuine passion for her job and the role she played in our wedding, she wanted to hear our ‘story’ and used it to craft such a beautiful ceremony that had a personal touch and helped make our wedding ceremony so special.  Thank you once again Ida! ”                             Joe & Rochelle

“We are both pleased that we chose Ida to be our celebrant.  She was fantastic to work with and Roberta 3made us both feel comfortable. From the start, Ida was easy to contact and meet from a distance over skype.  She offered great guidance in designing our ceremony and had good materials to help us decide what we wanted.  She was agreeable to all of our decisions and worked through ceremony drafts with us until we were happy. Meeting in person for the first time for our rehearsal, we were both charmed by her smile and enthusiasm.  Ida made us feel relaxed and excited for our marriage at the same time.  Our intimate, personal ceremony was exactly what we wanted.  Ida’s professionalism and personability are memorable part of our day.  All of our family loved laughing and chatting with her after the ceremony.   Thanks for making the start of our married life full of smiles and laughter!”         Roberta & Stu

Petrina Chase“Highly recommend Ida to anyone getting married! She made our day so special and unique and we can’t thank her enough!
Easy to deal with, professional and still very down to earth which was exactly what we were after. Put my very anxious mind at ease throughout the process which I’m sure many brides would find helpful too! So many people commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony as well. Lots of tears and lots of laughs, all prompted by Ida’s clever and thoughtful words. Very talented!  Thank you so very much Ida. We so loved having you part of our day and look forward to seeing you again next time we are up in Russell.”                                    Petrina & Chase x

“There was only going to be two of us……We had decided to get married four weeks before going on a holiday that had been booked for 6 months and we wanted a simple joyous wedding……. something unique to us which would create wonderful memories for us to talk about for the rest of our lives together. With Ida we got that in abundance!!!
From the first time we met Ida we knew we had chosen the best for our big day.IdCherry & Darryla is such fun to be around. We loved her beautiful accent, outlook on life and wicked sense of humour. This is balanced with a genuine interest in people, an amazing intuition, professionalism, intelligence, flexibility and a willingness to do anything in her power to give her clients what they want on their wedding day. We were so impressed with her ability to pick up on the tiniest details while talking to us. She was then able to incorporate them into the wedding ceremony, making the experience so much more meaningful for us. We feel as if we have known Ida forever…She has this extraordinary gift for making people feel at ease and accepted.
We cannot speak highly enough of this lovely woman! It was such a pleasure meeting you Ida and spending time with you and your husband. Thank you for making our day so enjoyable and beautiful.”                 Cherry and Darryl

View More: http://coraleeandalex.pass.us/alex-and-will“Ida is the best celebrant you will find, anywhere. We can’t recommend her highly enough and not only us, the Bride and Groom but our parents, friends and extended families have all commented on how fabulous she is. She made everything about our wedding ceremony both on the day, in the lead up and afterwards, just perfect. Everything was extremely easy to arrange, she is great on communication, giving you all information you need and learning about you as a couple and we ended up with a ceremony that not only suited and reflected us perfectly but also worked for all our friends and family gathered to make such a great occasion absolutely perfect.   Ida is just lovely – professional, relaxed, charming, warm, fun and as soon as we met Ida we loved her and knew she would be perfect for our day. Ida is a dream to work with and we highly recommend her!!”      Alex & Will

“Over the space of just a few months, Ida was able to tap into our personalities and lives, _MG_0292weddingtuckersimply over a few short skype meetings, to make our day so personal and special to us.  She took all the stress out of planning the ceremony and made everything light hearted and fun.  Ida is the kind of person that was totally ok with us chopping and changing things to make our ceremony customized to our needs. Couldn’t be happier with how it all went!  Ida is the opposite of every other celebrant I have ever met.  Not stuffy and formal, but fun loving and someone that we felt we have known for years.  Our wedding would have been less awesome without her.”    Deb & Tom

“Wow what a great celebrant. We found her online and read that she has a great sense of humour – sold!    Ida exceeded our expectations and was very helpful throughout the Dana & JPplanning process. We had a lot of questions and with her extreme professionalism, Ida was only too happy to help. She organized so much for us on the day and made us feel at ease to the whole ceremony structure/process. Everything went so well without fault. All our friends and family kept commenting on how great Ida was towards everyone. We thank you so much Ida for everything you have done for us and making our special day so perfect. We highly recommend Ida and I think these other reviews are a testimony to how spectacular she is!”       Dana & Jp

Kylie & Lauren“Ida is a compete legend!    We couldn’t have asked for more in a celebrant! The ceremony wasn’t a part that Kylie and I were really looking forward to but Ida made it fun and exciting for both of us and we had a ball.  We also had a lot of comments from our friends and family about how cool it all was and how it really represented us as a couple.    I just want to say a massive thank you to Ida for making our day a compete dream! And we will be over for that beer.”                       Kylie & Lauren

Rob and Dianne

“Ida well what cant I say, but when I was looking for a celebrant to complete our wedding ceremony I have no idea that we would not only find the perfect celebrant but a friend for life.  You completed of day not only by conducting the most professional, relaxed, beautiful and graceful ceremony ever. But on the day you was not the celebrant but part of the family. Relaxed and promoted joy and laughter throughout. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being you and making our big day perfect.  Everyone needs an Ida on their wedding day!! 100% for every level of planning, communication and service.”    Dianne & Rob

Freya & Dan“Ida is nothing short of perfect! She is friendly, fun, accommodating and such a warm hearted person. Couldn’t imagine anyone better to have been our celebrant. She sent us through heaps of useful information and templates to help us with our vows and her questionnaire really made the ceremony special. She was there the whole way ready to help us if we needed. We will definitely make sure we stop by the next time we’re in Russell! Thank you so so much!! STAR!” smile   ………..Freya and Dan

 “I cannot recommend Ida enough smile
She gave our wedding the relaxed feel that suited us perfectly.
we were pushed inside with terrible weather and she did such an amazing job of making light of the storm thundering outside, and let us giggle away as our toddler commanded the crowd. We didn’t need to give Ida a lot of information to come up with a heart felt and warming speech. And with a few stumbles along the way we had a great laugh!
Thank you So much Ida you gave it the “luck of the Irish” for sure diddley diddley xx”         ………..Hayley and Adrian and Nathan 🙂

Ron & Rob“My husband and I could not have been more happy with Ida’s friendliness, acceptance and overall professionalism in celebrating our wedding. We are two, 70 year old Australians, who have been together for 22 years with a desire to get married in beautiful Russell in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. We found Ida on line with no recommendation other than the testimonials on her web page.
What a find she was and a dear friend she has turned out to be with whom we are still in contact. From our first discussions, and our Skype meeting 4 months prior to the event, we knew that we’d made the right choice. Not only did she assist us with writing the service, she steered us in the right direction with respect to obtaining the Licence, obtaining permission from the relevant Authority to conduct the service on Public property eg the very beautiful Tapeka Beach , Restaurants, Florists, Pastry Chef and Accommodation etc.
We felt so close to Ida that we wanted her to be part of the entire ceremony. We invited her and her husband Ian to attend the Reception and they accepted, something we were told they very rarely if ever do.”                         Rob & Ron

Wedding - ceremony - Aimee & Norm“Ida was the perfect celebrant. From our first skype date with her we felt totally comfortable and knew she was the right person for the job. We found her to be easy to talk to, enthusiastic and keen to create a the ceremony that WE wanted. She gave us loads of information to guide our decision making and then helped us create our ceremony. She pulled together a draft really quickly and it only needed minor tweaks to make it perfect. She really went out of her way to make us comfortable about the ceremony and even let us come to her house for a run through a couple of days before the big day. She had some great ideas about how to run the ceremony, even down to where she should stand so as to avoid being in the background of all our pictures. The ceremony itself was amazing, we both felt totally comfortable and there were lots of laughs as well as heartfelt moments (and quite a few tears from our guests!). It was everything we wanted and more. She really did an amazing job and I wouldn’t hesitate to whole heartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an easygoing, modern, helpful, funny and organised celebrant! ”        Aimee & Norm

R&D 19“We knew from our first conversation Ida was the celebrant we wanted smile We had such a fantastic day and it wouldn’t have been the same without her. The Ceremony was beautiful (exactly what we wanted in length and content, and what everyone hopes for; we had laughs and cries from people you never expect to see emotion from). Ida was flexible and was all about making our day unique and original, and ours.  She provided us with anything we needed in the process and was quick in response; made planning easy from overseas. On the day she was relaxed and professional (exactly what you want on your day).  I would recommend taking Ida’s advice paying a little extra for the microphone if your getting married on a windy beach!!!      Thank you so much Ida” smile              Raquel and Daimon

vlcsnap-2014-05-20-16h21m39s113“Ida is a great Celebrant! We were recommended to her by friends.
She is very professional and was very attentive to all our needs.
The service was great and put together very well.
I would happily recommend her to anyone wanting to get married.
She’s a very kind person who will do anything she can to help you make your day special.”    Hamish & Sophie

Izzy & Tim Pic 001“We can’t recommend Ida enough. She is a positive and friendly Marriage Celebrant, who helped make our day very special. We first met Ida via a video conference and we knew she was the one to marry us right away. Her irish accent and kind and bubbly personality made us feel relaxed. She was very helpful, when it came to writing our vowels and shaping our ceremony.  We got married our on one of the Islands in the Bay of Islands, both the ceremony and the rehearsal were quite time consuming, Ida never complained and really brought something special to our wedding. If you are looking for someone in the Bay of Islands area, look no further then Ida.”       Isabelle & Tim

Sophia & Brendon“Within the first few seconds of meeting Ida, Sophia and I knew that we had found the perfect celebrant to officiate at our wedding.  We were right.  As others have done, I can think of a thousand superlatives to describe Ida, her warmth, charm, and professionalism.  But the fact is, we cannot think of a single thing that anyone else could’ve done to have made our ceremony any more perfect than Ida did, and we hope that this is the greatest compliment that we can pay her.  Ida, you’re a treasure, and we and our children all think you are wonderful.  You have a kind heart, an eye for detail, a wicked sense of humour, and your contribution to our wedding day will never be forgotten. It is our privilege to recommend Ida’s services and do so unreservedly. ”            Brendon & Sophia


2013-12-11 11.48.40“As we are living in Queensland Australia, we knew arranging our wedding could be difficult to organize, in New Zealand. It’s just not down the road.  
However – we need not have been the least bit worried…Ida embraced the challenge, and dived in head-first, from day one!
Our very first proper email back from her, once we had confirmed her availability, contained pages and pages of advice, covering everything from how to apply for the marriage license, where to send it to, how much it would cost, options of where we could pick it up from, and even a direct contact within DIA so that we were only dealing with one person, if we had any queries with the paperwork side of things.
Subsequent emails covered our hopes for the Ceremony, a questionnaire so she could learn more about us personally (which she incorporated into the Ceremony) pages of suggestions for readings, poems, vows – the lot – she missed nothing!!
Her assistance, advice, caring personality, professionalism and friendly character definitely ensure your Special Day, is just that, and is absolutely, a credit to her.
Ida goes the extra mile, and has a huge bonus, has a wicked Irish sense of humour – but her professionalism wins out over everything.
We feel so very blessed to not only have had everything we could have wished for on our day, but to have also found a lifelong friend.
We highly recommend Ida Birch to anyone looking for a Celebrant to make their day, the best it can possibly be…”             Sarah & Suzey

Mark & Vicky“Ida was quite simply the most perfect celebrant we could have possibly wished for. From our very first communication with Ida we absolutely knew that we had found the right person to conduct our wedding and she never failed to deliver in her preparation and delivery of the ceremony. Ida single-handedly created the most beautiful, funny, insightful and yet totally sincere wedding vows and ceremony from our communications from the UK via email and Skype. On the day, she delivered our ceremony with such infectious enthusiasm, humour and warmth that our emotions rollercoasted (laughter and tears of joy) throughout the entire service. We could not have been more delighted with our choice…thank you Ida for the most fabulous and memorable day of our lives.”                         Mark & Vicky xx

“Absolutely can’t thank Ida enough for her relaxed but prompt role as celebrant!!! She is a real gem to work with and will now become my husband & my friend for life.smile   Luiza & Burwood

Alice_Andrew-38We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ida as a celebrant.
She took the time to get to know us, through Skype and meeting in person.  She then tailored a ceremony that reflected our personalities, fit in perfectly with our plans, and exceeded our expectations.
She was warm, relaxed, professional and responsive and made our perfect day go off without a hitch. Many thanks Ida! “    Alice & Andrew

Cam, Xenia & Madeline

“Ida was outstanding as our celebrant. She was relaxed, professional and extremely efficient. Ida made our ceremony fun yet kept the tradition of ceremonies alive. She was so helpful giving us ideas for vows and readings. I believe she would adapt to fit anyone’s requests. She was always quick to reply which helped with our quick turnaround wedding. 100% for communication. We can’t recommend Ida highly enough.  We found a wee gem in the Bay of Islands and her name was Ida.”               Xenia & Cameron

Kylie and Mike

OMG Ida you were mint as, so easy to talk to, so much fun. You so understood our personalities and made our wedding touchy feely stuff so easy and light hearted. Thank you so much.”           Mike & Kylie

Jamie & Thomas“Perfect, professional, welcoming and warming; there will never be enough words to describe how marvelous Ida had been throughout the surprise wedding. Her laughter is infectious, her spirit enlightening and her ability to look past all the things others might not (in this case, the fact we’re a gay couple) just made the ceremony that much better. I had been in touch with Ida from step one, and she went above and beyond my expectations in regard to ideas, thoughts and support, all the way to the end. Considering we were in Wellington and her in Northland, I couldn’t have been more impressed with her consistent contact and readiness to help. And although my now husband had no idea about the surprise wedding until the day, Ida made us feel comfortable, in control and proud through the entire experience.”  Jamie & Thom