Testimonials

Wellington Wedding Celebrant

Hogan Gill

Not only was Hogan an incredible celebrant he doubled as an event organiser and was in total communication with us regarding: rehearsals, ceremony set up, timelines

Verity and Will Feb 2018

Verity & William

Februrary 2018

We were lucky enough to have Hogan as our celebrant for our wedding in February this year. We say this with the upmost sincerity as we couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant.

Hogan is a vibrant and original personality who brought uniqueness, relaxation, fun and romance to our ceremony. As a young couple, we were focused on having our celebrant who was someone that could represents us and our relationship, along with the vibe of our wedding. We wanted someone who we felt comfortable would reflect our love story in a classy, yet relaxed fashion.

 

Hogan fulfilled our wishes and then some. Not only did we feel as though he was utterly dedicated to us and our wedding, he was so devoted that we felt like we were the only couple he was marrying!  However, Hogan is a very successful and busy celebrant (rightly so!) but we never felt like he wasn’t there for us at any time we needed. Hogan captured our love story in a way that was honest, fun and romantic. He captured both aspects of our personalities and what we love most about one another right to our core. He provided us immense guidance in the structure of our ceremony and the format in which it could be written.

 

The end result was an original and beautifully written ceremony which incorporated lots of laughter, lots of love and lots of tears (good ones!) Having such a well written ceremony helped us create a very fluid and fun atmosphere for our wedding.

Not only was Hogan an incredible celebrant he doubled as an event organiser and was in total communication with us regarding rehearsals, ceremony set up, timelines for the day and stayed in contact with myself, (the bride) constantly on the morning of the wedding to let me know how smoothly everything was running, the best time to arrive, how many guests were still to arrive and checked in on any last minute details I needed communicated to my husband to be.

 

We are both proud to now call Hogan a friend and so happy we found a celebrant who was able to help with perfectly putting our stamp on our day.

Monique & Everett

January 2015

Before I begin my review, you should know that I am Hogan’s sister. Some would say that would make my review bias in his favour, however, due to some childhood memories I always enjoy a reason to criticize Hogan in any way possible.

Now that I’ve matured I’m proud to say I don’t have anything negative to say, Hogan asked all the right questions and made me feel comfortable right from the get go. I didn’t want the traditional type of ceremony. I made it clear I wanted the ceremony to be short, simple, humorous yet romantic and boy did he deliver! Our ceremony was approximately 20 mins it was very sweet but full of laugh out louds!

Hogan certainly made my special day unique. He put a lot of time and effort into his speech and he genuinely cared my day went down perfectly. 

Guests at the wedding made comments such as; ‘It was great to have some ‘personality’ to the ceremony’, ‘what a lovely service’ and ‘what an amazing wedding’. 

Hogan was marvelous, I couldn’t be more grateful and he was a big part to making my day memorable. What a proud sister I am.

Simply outstanding are the two words to sum up our experience with Hogan,

 

Having a wedding celebrant of this calibre really kicked off festivities in the most amazing way. Hogan, pulled all the little bits of information he had gathered about us throughout the months before the big day into an incredible heart-warming, captivating, tear jerking, comedic introduction that had both of us crying, smiling and grinning ear to ear throughout.

He succinctly conveyed our years of being together into a perfect romantic story which our guests loved.

Relatives who had traveled far and wide remarked after the ceremony how special it had been for them, whilst they haven't been around to know our relationship and story intimately they had it summed up by the personal story telling of Hogan Gill, this made the day special for everyone in attendance.

Not only did Hogan perform on the day to a high standard, he was professional throughout. All his little handy tips and tricks to writing vows, his many ideas about how to conduct the ceremony and even his wider knowledge of how the day was going to play out put our minds at ease. Nana even remarked she had been to many weddings in her long life and had never seen a celebrant captivate the audience the way Hogan was able to.

I can say truthfully that Hogan had such a special impact on our day and we have had many guests ask us for his contact details.

 

If you’re looking for a personal Celebrant to completely care about making your day special then Hogan Gill is the celebrant you MUST choose.  

 

Thank you from both of us Hogan!

Tom & Julia

January 2018

Nidda & Dan

March 2018

I found Hogan on the “Celebrants Association of New Zealand” web page. After reading through a bunch of the other celebrants bio’s, I was drawn to Hogan.

Firstly, it was the clergy robes. Secondly, it was his fantastic bio. For starters, it wasn’t boring. And I was laughing. Like, genuinely laughing.

 

After discussing the mysterious robed man with my fiancé (now wife), we contacted Hogan and scheduled a Skype meeting as he was on the other side of the world at the time. That’s dedication!

After our meeting, it was on like donkey-kong. He was the one. It was an easy choice.

We eventually met Hogan (in real life) and went through the finer details. We were presented with a number of different ceremonial options, of which we decided to go with his comedic approach.

Our wedding day finally came round and it could not have gone any smoother. I had guests asking if my wife and I grew up with Hogan due to how well he knew our story and how well we got along. 


Hogan had tailored our ceremony exactly the way we wanted it. It was perfect.

I will definitely be using him for my next weddings :)

Seriously though... I strongly recommend Hogan as a celebrant. You will not be disappointed.

Peta & Ryan

February 2019

Hogan was brilliant, extremely professional and down to earth and we would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a celebrant.

Hogan used what he managed to extract from us to create a wonderful and tailored ceremony, which was full of love and laughter.

Many of our guests assumed that Hogan was a friend, which for us just shows how well he came across, and how well he was able to tell our story.

Hogan made the whole ceremony part (probably the most important bit!) of planning a wedding a breeze, and he managed to do this for us within a relatively short timeframe, with us living on the other side of the world.

Thank you Hogan!

Sean & Bianca

April 2018

We found the perfect match not just in each other, but in having Hogan as our marriage celebrant.

Our wedding was a little bit different, being a 'surprise' wedding, but Hogan took that curveball in his stride and was right on board with the concept from the get-go. Hogan worked hard to create a ceremony that really felt like 'us' - lots of humour, with just the right amount of 'aww' so that we realised that we were actually getting married!

Many of our guests (friends and family, who know us best) commented on how well suited the ceremony was to us, and on what a great speaker Hogan is.

We really appreciated having Hogan with us on the day - he was a consummate professional who helped keep us calm and heading in the right direction that day. Can't recommend Hogan enough - would rate him A++ on marriagecelebrants.com for sure.

Conor & Caroline

Janurary 2019

Rhys & Amanda

February 2019

Hogan went above and beyond what we wanted in a marriage celebrant.

He put in countless hours behind the scenes before our big day to put how my wife and I felt into words.

We have already recommended him to other friends who are getting married, and everyone commented on how great he was.

The day would not have been as successful as it was without Hogan. Leading up to the wedding he guided us on our vows and provided key insight on the ceremony.

On the day he pulled the whole ceremony together with his collected yet cheerful demeanor.

 

We highly recommend him.

Hogan made our wedding ceremony unique and personal with his charm, professionalism and tasteful humour.

We had nothing but complements from all our guests who adored the ceremony Hogan gave us.

Many who want to book him for their own weddings.

 

Hogan was easy to communicate with and was a real expert in delivering a personalised wedding ceremony especially for us.

We would recommend Hogan 10x over.

Thanks again ❤️

Lauren & Pierre

October 2018

My now husband and I were lucky enough to find and of course, choose Hogan to be our marriage celebrant.

 

I don't even know where to begin!

He is professional, organized, charismatic and extremely accommodating. Our situation was unique as I am American and my husband is French.

We wanted an intimate and personal ceremony and that's exactly what we got.

We even had to ask Hogan to change our date just one month before and he was able to be flexible for our day. Everything was perfect and in large part thanks to Hogan.

Couldn't give a better rating to this man!!

 

Thank you again, you will be part of our day forever.

Olivia & Marin

March 2019

Hogan was an amazing celebrant!

He made our ceremony so personalised and was always very responsive with any changes or questions we had.

We had so many complements on our ceremony and it was definitely due to Hogan, highly highly recommend!

Alysha & Pete 

March 2019

Hogan was amazing. Friendly, professional, prepared, and absolutely made our day perfect.

Willing to go the extra mile and also go along with our crazy ideas.

Dressed up to theme, incorporated the dog, and made everyone feel at home.

Lots of laughs were had, and the ceremony itself was tailored to our style perfectly. Great at communicating and very flexible!

Thank you so much Hogan! 15 out of 10 would recommend, and had so many comments from the family about how great the ceremony was and how cool Hogan seemed.

Ryan & Miranda

December 2018

Rachael & Devon

March 2019

Hogan did a bloody amazing job as our celebrant last week. He was the perfect fit for us, down-to-earth, funny, genuine, and a brilliant speaker.

He spoke wonderful words that got the right amount of laughs, showed the right amount of love, and brought the right amount of tears.

I would definitely use Hogan again at my next wedding 😜

We couldn't have picked a better marriage celebrant and MC for our wedding day. Our ceremony was personalised to us, humorous and exactly what we wanted.

Hogan was professional, easy going and spent so much time making sure our wedding would be perfect. We had so many compliments on our ceremony and the smooth running of our wedding.

The MC job that Hogan did was also amazing and meant that our wedding was smooth, funny and all the important things were done when we wanted (first dance, speeches, cutting of the cake etc).

We can't thank Hogan enough for the incredible job he did and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone wanting a celebrant or MC.

Tania & Jordan

March 2018

We struggle to put into words how amazing Hogan made our special day.

From the minute we asked Hogan to be our celebrant, until the moment we walked down the aisle as Mr and Mrs, Hogan oozed professionalism.

We never realised quite how much a celebrant did aside from the wedding day itself. Hogan made all of the extra nitty gritty details (even when he was out of the country) that you don’t factor into your planning, a breeze. Time frames were never an issue for him and at no point did we feel pressured, albeit he has deadlines to meet.

Hogan has an ability to build relationships with absolutely anyone! He made the effort to interact with our MC and the venue manager to ensure our ceremony went exactly how we wanted it.

The ceremony had a perfect balance of laughter, tears and love. Hogan captured the essence of our relationship and expressed this in a way that all of our guests could relate to. In the weeks following,

Hogan’s exceptional style has been discussed and complemented on as we debrief with our friends and family. We know this will continue in the months and years to follow!

We strongly advise contacting Hogan if you are looking for a personable, professional, funny, romantic, adaptable and charismatic celebrant to make your wedding day unforgettable.

Our wedding would not have been the same without him.

Thank you so much Hogan!

Hogan is amazing to work with. Browsing through the celebrant profiles on the NZ Celebrant's Association website, I picked him out of the crowd in a flash. Young, charismatic, and down-to-earth with a sense of humour, I could tell right away he was going to be the perfect fit for my partner and I.

 

He responded to my first email within minutes, and remained highly responsive throughout the whole process. He accommodated our unique situation to arrange a ceremony within just a week's time. He personalized our ceremony wording with wonderful intuition, receptiveness and attention to detail, choosing the perfect wording out of a mess of ideas we sent him around our ideas of what marriage meant to us.

 

Our ceremony was perfect - with just the right mix of sincerity, tenderness and lightheartedness that we were looking for. Our families were also very pleased with our choice of celebrant. We highly recommend his services.

 

Thank you so much Hogan!!

Amy & Florian 

January 2018

Fred & Reia

January 2018

Our wedding was only planned in 2 months, and finding the right celebrant at the time was hard as most were booked out for summer weddings. We went through the celebrant association website, and his description of himself is what peaked our interest. He ticked the boxes in what we were looking for. We emailed him regarding our wedding and the timeframe. Hogan accepted the challenge, and delivered a wonderful ceremony for all of us.

From the first meeting with him, he was forthcoming and asked a lot of questions to try and make the perfect ceremony for us. We wanted a ceremony to be simple, not drawn out, but also to engage the guests with a bit of humor. He delivered perfectly on this, and a lot of our guests commented on how well he did it.

Closer to the wedding, he agreed to meet us at our venue, and we went through the final preparation. He went as far as planning what to wear for the theme of the wedding (which was purple and black ). He even sent us a few pics of what would go good, It is this attention to detail which made him wonderful to work with, and made everything go smoothly.


On the day of the ceremony, everything went with no problem out all. He even mingled with our guests, and was very friendly to everyone. He made our special day much more memorable with the way he conducted the ceremony. If there was a trademe-style feedback, it would be A++ would recommend, but in this case we highly recommend him to anyone for his services.

Thank you again, Hogan.

Chevy & Chantel

November 2018

Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

We absolutely loved hogan as our celebrant I would recommend him to anyone getting married.

Our family and guests spoke so highly of hogan and how amazing he was.

Hogan not only becomes your celebrant he becomes a life time friend.

 

Thanks again Hogan from Mr and Mrs Tatana xx

Other nice things that people have said about Hogan

I can only say how impressed I was with him, as he told the couple’s story, without notes, relaxed and humorous, I remember thinking “well here is a celebrant in the making!". On the basis of observing Hogan in action it is my view that he has the intelligence, presence of mind, enjoyment of being “up the front” and sheer talent to be an excellent celebrant and will bring youthful energy into the ceremonies he leads and in general into the profession.

 

-Fran Horsley

Hogan's Celebrant Mentor

Hogan strikes an excellent rapport with clients through his confident and credible approach, creating an environment that is both friendly and professional. Through Hogan’s confidence, a high level of camaraderie and satisfaction is generated amongst his customers.

Hogan is a social and gregarious individual, building friendships with those he works with easily. Personally, he is friendly and relaxed. He is very approachable and gets on well with those he meets. I recommend Hogan for any position that he may apply for, regardless of the industry. 

     -Steve Lyon 

      Hogan's Boss and Owner of Pacific Divers, Rarotonga

He's just such a good boy. 

-Philippa Gill

Hogan's Mother