Client Love - Couple's Stories
Thank you so much to all the amazing couples whom I have been blessed to marry.
Roman & Jasmin's Wedding
Jess and Eddy Atonio
We are so blessed to have found Yogamani. Our entire journey through with Yogamani was bliss and having her officiate our Wedding Day was such a dream.
From our very first meeting with Yogamani we both instantly felt at ease, she has such a professional and serene nature and this was portrayed throughout the entire process. She encouraged and supported us in creating our very own bespoke ceremony and provided beautiful resources in which we were able to use in order to design and create something incredibly special.
Yogamani was there to guide us in every step of the way, our ceremony was truly something magical and we are extremely thankful for her stunning work.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you Yogamani. You are truly a star.
Jess and Eddy Atonio
John and Sheridan
"We chose Yogamani as our celebrant because we wanted to create a really special ceremony that suited us and our guests. She really guided us from the outset about our venue, vows, structure, legal matters and general running of the ceremony smoothly. Her experience as a celebrant was evident straight away and her advice was absolutely sound! One of the most special aspects of what Yogamani brings is her reverence for marriage and the holding the sacredness of our wedding. She was so open to the specialness of what we have together and what we wanted to express publicly. We just loved the our wedding ceremony and it was so much due to Yogamani’s guidance, attention to detail and her skill of holding people and space so well. Rarely do you meet someone who understands spirituality and values on such a deep level. And we love her style and grace. Thank you Yogamani! Xxxx".
John and Sheridan
Ben and Sophie
"Yogamani is an absolute dream to work with and we are so grateful she was the celebrant for our special day. The day after our engagement a friend recommended Yogamani and so we booked a coffee date and we instantly knew she was the right person for us. Yogamani has such a calming, reassuring presence and was super helpful throughout the process and kept us on track. She really encourages making the ceremony your own and provides amazing resources for inspiration. She can certainly command the attention of your guests and just did an absolutely beautiful job at our beach wedding. Thank you Yogamani! You were everything we knew you would be and more!"
Ben and Sophie x
Francine & Dan
Wow we felt so incredibly fortunate to have Yogamani officiate our wedding ceremony and guide us through the process of creating a bespoke ceremony that was right for us. From our very first meeting we felt the sense of authenticity and connection that was so important to us. We were then so impressed with her impeccable professionalism, the sense of calm that she resonates and her open mindedness. Yogamani's expertise and thoughtfulness during our rehearsal was invaluable - she is truly great at what she does and had so much great advice and guidance to give us to ensure the ceremony ran smoothly. On the day Yogamani was simply divine and we couldn't have asked for a better ceremony - it's still our favourite part of the day! So many of our guests commented on how amazing Yogamani was, and we certainly agree with them! We simply can't imagine having had anyone else officiate our ceremony! Thank you so much!
Alex and Elliot
Our ceremony was at the heart of our wedding, and so selecting a celebrant who understood us and was able to guide us through this important milestone was so critical!
From the first moment we met Yogamani, my husband and I both knew instantly that she was the perfect person to marry us. Yogamani has the most serene and calming energy, paired with astounding professionalism. Her approach to our ceremony felt so bespoke, personal and intimate, helping us to create a ceremony and vows that were unique to us. Writing our vows and crafting our ceremony was so easy - pulling our ceremony together, and the ceremony itself were an absolute highlight from our wedding day and the planning in the lead up to it. The ceremony ran seamlessly. Yogamani is so articulate, and each and every word was delivered with so much power. She created a surreal and magical space for us.
There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are that we were led to Yogamani and had her play such a pivotal role in our wedding! We would 100% (and already have) recommend Yogamani to anyone - she is an incredibly beautiful person, inside and out. One very, very special lady!
Alex and Elliot Wedding Date: March 15, 2019
Celeste & Simon
Hamish and Haidee
We were delighted to have Yogamani marry us. Despite torrential rain on our big day and, as a result, the bride's party being unexpectedly two hours fashionably late, Yogamani made us both feel at ease and uplifted. She gently guided our ceremony and just let us be ourselves. While there was still a sense of occasion, we also had a few laughs and it felt very natural and in the moment. During the ceremony rain magically lifted too!
Yogamani's warm and calm demeanour made her the ideal celebrant for our wedding day!
Mr & Mrs Bedford
From the first time meeting Yogamani I knew I had found the right celebrant for us, she immediately made Chris and I feel completely at ease which was a must because we were pretty nervous! In the lead up to our big day Yogamani worked closely with us to ensure that the ceremony represented us and what was important in our marriage. The reference material provided was so diverse that it made creating our unique ceremony an absolute breeze. When we met up to go through our rehearsal the loving, kind and calm spirit that I remembered from our first meeting put us completely at ease again and we went into our day knowing that Yogamani had everything in hand. She had some awesome advice for everyone involved in the ceremony and sent the whole group in super prepared. On the day Yogamani made sure that the whole process ran smoothly and was very patient when Chris and I made a few hiccups with the ceremony due to our nerves! We were so lucky to be blessed with the most beautiful Celebrant both inside and out! Thank you again Yogamani, you truly helped make our day the best day ever! Love, Kelly & Chris XXX
Mr & Mrs Bedford, Married 30.3.19
Caitlin & Matthias
"As a yogi myself I was so excited to find out that Swami Yogamani Saraswati was available to be our celebrant. We were looking for a special soul who could guide us into creating our own rituals and direct the process. She was just perfect for this. Her guidance was superb from initial contact to the day, encouraging us to personalise the ceremony, be authentic and make it our own. We put it all together in just two months. She made herself available to us whenever we needed and provided a great resource pack to kick start the process.
So many of our guests commented on the ceremony saying it was just incredible, the best they had been to, so meaningful and full of love and connection. We were impressed with her level of professionalism, attention to detail, care and consideration, not just for us but for our guests as well. The day turned out exactly as we had envisioned - a relaxed, romantic, nature-filled atmosphere on the beach and we could not have achieved this vibe without her. We cannot thank Yogamani enough and look forward to working with her again."
Gaia & Louis
"Yogamani was our celebrant for our wedding in January. From the beginning, she was so incredibly open and easy to work with, and she constantly encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. This would have been a dreaded task for us had she not provided us with the most informative and helpful resources to guide us through the process. Yogamani is very warm and kind and truly made our ceremony everything we wanted it to be. We could not have asked for anything more. Would definitely recommend Yogamani XX".
Glen & Cleo Liu
"Cleo and I were married by Yogamani. She was so crucial and absolute delight to work with throughout - keeping us on track with every little detail of the wedding, from ceremony to speech to vows to how we stand and talk... she was extremely thoughtful and mindful of what we wanted in the wedding. This could easily be a stressful experience and she made is very easy for us.
Hayley and Cam xx
From the moment we met her we felt at ease and knew that she would deliver a ceremony that would be perfect for us. We would highly recommend Yogamani to anyone wanting to ensure their special day reflects them and everything that is important to the".
x Hayley and Cam xx
Will & Ericka 9.2.2018
Swami Yogamani is the absolute best. She was the perfect Celebrant for our wedding day. We have so many wonderful things to say, starting with her:
- Aura: Swami Yogamani is warm, kindhearted person who brought that glowing energy to both our wedding day and to the planning process. She was caring and really amazing to work with, both on the big day and beforehand.
- Thoughtfulness: She really listened attentively to what we were hoping for, and then creatively suggested many thoughts and ideas that would be a perfect match for us. The ceremony and Swami Yogamani’s efforts were uniquely tailored to us and that helped make our celebration truly special to us.
- Professionalism: She went out of her way constantly to be available, responsive, and helpful even on short notice when things would come up. Her high degree of professionalism meant we had one less thing to worry about as we rightfully had full confidence in her work.
- Presentation: WOW. So many people said this was the best Celebration they’ve ever been to, and they really meant it genuinely. Our friends and family were in awe of Swami Yogamani’s incredible presentation skills and the way she helped everything come together.
My wife and I would HIGHLY recommend Swami Yogamani for anyone’s Wedding. You will be SO happy if you do, just like we are.
Jakob & Itzi - 2 Feb 2019
We were so lucky to have Yogamani as our wedding celebrant, we still can't believe how amazing she was from the very first day we met until the moment she pronounced us husband and wife. She was super professional guiding us in every moment, always available to answer all of our questions and take us through every single step of the process. The rehearsal helped us so much that we felt incredibly relax on the day. She perfectly matched our little Waiheke elopement dressing theme making us all feel super comfortable but also reminding us to have fun and enjoy the moment. We really cannot thank her enough for making our day just perfect!
Gaia and Louis 27 Jan 2019
Yogamani was our celebrant for our wedding in January. From the beginning, she was so incredibly open and easy to work with, and she constantly encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. This would have been a dreaded task for us had she not provided us with the most informative and helpful resources to guide us through the process. Yogamani is very warm and kind and truly made our ceremony everything we wanted it to be. We could not have asked for anything more. Would definitely recommend Yogamani XX
Klaudia and Tom March 2018
Yogamani was everything and more we wanted in a celebrant!
Calm, warm, helpful and professional I don’t know how we would have got through our day without her there!
She put her own unique spin on everything and reminded us our special day could be anything we wanted.
She captured our friends and families attention and wore a stunning dress to compliment our wedding party! 10/10. Would highly recommend March 18
Groom • August 12, 2018
We were very pleased to have selected Yogamani as our celebrant. Our wedding day went very smoothly, largely thanks to the extensive resources provided by Yogamani to assist us with planning every element of the ceremony. From numerous options for ceremony wording to suggestions on how to present vows, to music selection and very helpful with the choreography of the ceremony during rehearsal.
It was important for us to involve our children in the ceremony, and Yogamani was very supportive of having our 2 year old son as ring-bearer and 3 year old daughter as flower girl, at all times emphasising that it was our ceremony and that we had freedom to decide how the day should go, without any pressure to do things a certain way. We found Yogamani to be professional, helpful, and extremely kind. Without question we recommend Yogamani for your ceremony.
Wedding Date: January 27, 2018
Yogamani was the perfect celebrant for us. Yogamani is calm, professional, beautiful and has so much elegance. I can get quite nervous and worked up, but Yogamani made me feel calm and confident in readiness of saying my vows. She wore colours that complemented our wedding pallet.
Unfortunately, the venues microphone did cut out (this was not Yogamani’s microphone) and she handled this extremely well, putting the mic down and speaking clearly and loudly enough to be heard very well.
We are very thankful for Yogamani’s professionalism in such a situation.
Thank you for making our ceremony so beautiful, and the lead up with all of your template ceremonies was a huge help.
Wedding Date: September 22, 2018
Paula & Ed Robertson
We were so fortunate to be able to have Swami Yogamani Saraswati as our celebrant. I had met her whilst doing yoga in Auckland, and the stars aligned, enabling us to coordinate our wedding to be out of Auckland while she was teaching at a retreat. She was our only choice, we just knew she was right for us because of her knowledge, calm demeanour, kind spirit and professionalism. Yogamani was able to guide us through the process, respecting our wishes for how we wanted our ceremony to run, yet gently able to suggest ideas to fine tune it.
She looked absolutely amazing and she was super-prepared, which all created a mystical wedding on the seashore where we and our guests could relax and enjoy the moment, later praising the wedding saying it was the best they’d ever been to, and who was the Celebrant? We cannot thank Yogamani enough, and if you are lucky enough to have her for your wedding, you are very fortunate indeed.
Wedding Date: April 20, 2018
Pete & Anthony
We absolutely scored with Yogamani. She was the perfect celebrant in every way! We initially Skyped with Yogamani as we live in Australia. As soon as we spoke with her, we knew she was the one we wanted to marry us. She has a calming presence about her that immediately put us at ease. From that point up until our wedding day, she was in constant communication with us. She really helped us realise what it was that we wanted from our ceremony. Rather than handing us a script, we got to create our own, so it totally felt like our ceremony was crafted from our hearts and was ours to share with our loved ones.
On the day of the wedding - WOW - she absolutely nailed it. She executed the ceremony with love, connectedness and power. Our words were her words, and the space she created was one we will never forget. Yogamani, we cannot thank you enough for the huge part you played in making our wedding the most incredibly emotional and glorious day of our lives. Our guests all fell in love with you and they hadn’t even met you! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being so special to us.
Pete & Anthony xxx, Wedding Date: May 18, 2018
Sally and Michael
We were looking for a Celebrant for our wedding who understood the relaxed, romantic vibe and the importance to us of connecting our celebration with our friends and family in a meaningful way. Yogamani was suggested to us by a couple of friends who had seen her at weddings they had attended.
Yogamani was just perfect and everything we wanted in a celebrant. Very professional with lots of expert tips, a beautiful calming presence and great listener in terms of working to achieve what we wanted on the day, she also looked immaculate and appropriate for our picnic style wedding.
We recommend her to anyone looking for a special celebrant for their day.
Ali & Matt
We are delighted we found Yogamani. And she found us! She made our ceremony so personal to us. All of our interactions with us cut right to the heart of everything we were feeling and the people we wanted to include from our past. It was amazing. We cried and cried with pure happiness!
Cat & Richie
Thank you so much for being such a special part of our day. They say everything happens for a reason and when our circumstances lead to Richie and I first meeting you, I knew everything was how it should have been. Thank you for enabling and encouraging us to have such a big role in creating our own ceremony with your guidance we created some beautiful words and promises to one another that were both romantic and humerus and most importantly reflecting us as a couple. On the wedding day I knew I was going to be nervous, as a naturally emotional person I feared that I would be a blubbering mess ..... and I kind of was, but you made me understand that this is beautiful, true and completely and utter OK. which I appreciate more than I can say. Richie and I had the best day of our lives to date and we just want to thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for being our celebrant. We couldn’t recommend you higher.
Thank you so much.
Wedding Date: November 25, 2016
What a day we had, it was really lovely the sun shone the beach glistened and the guests enjoyed their day.
Yogamani was fantastic, we organised the whole thing via email and phone. As we were in Hamilton, she was in Auckland and the ceremony was at New Chums beach we did not have a rehearsal, that didn’t matter Yogamani took that all in her stride. We also had to do a last minute change to the order of ceremony - no problems at all.
Yogamani helped us write a bespoke ceremony with personalised vows ensuring the legal side was covered. She helped us make it really special day and made us feel very special.
Our lives prior to getting married had a few challenges, she understood that and encouraged us to celebrate this as well, is it was part of what made us the couple we are.
Yogamani is fantastic I don’t think I can recommend her enough. She helped keep me calm on the day taking any challenges in her stride. She also went on a 30 minute bush walk with us to get to our venue.
We have a lot of love for Yogamani.
Wedding Date: January 27, 2017
We could not be happier with our choice in Yogamani as our wedding officiant. We could tell from our first meeting that she was professional and very good at what she does. Our ceremony was my favourite part of the whole day and many of our guests commented that she did a wonderful job too. She was honest and upfront early on with many of the practicalities, and encouraged us to craft exactly what we wanted without judgement. Looking back, I can't imagine being married by anyone else!!! Thank you Yogamani it was a privilege to be married by you xoxox
It began with a cup of tea…And then came a pouring of ideas. We arrived at our first meeting with Yogamani knowing very little of what we intended for our wedding but, after a refreshing pot of tea and a lengthy chat, we walked away having a firm idea about what to do, what could be achieved, and what to expect. Yet, above all, we were confident that we would be lovingly guided toward a blissful ceremony.
We had known all along that Yogamani was to be our celebrant. She is a wonderful friend to us and a reliable support person to our family. She knows us both very well and was able inspire us and to help bring to life our ideas for the ceremony. Yogamani made the process seem like less of a big task and, instead, nurture it as a flowing expression of love and commitment.
On the day of our wedding, Yogamani greeted us with a warm, beautiful smile and an elegance that gave the ceremony a relaxed, loving tone. Guests were drawn to her kind voice and clear recitation. It was an honour to have such a wonderful celebrant be there for us. We had rain, we had technical issues, but, praise the Gods, we had Yogamani! Our ceremony was everything that we dreamed it would be and shall forever be remembered as one of the happiest and most fun-filled days of our lives.
Yogamani is the celebrant that every couple hopes for. Not only is she the voice of the wedding party, while guiding them through the ceremony, Yogamani invokes courage, strength, and a calm assurance that everything be amazing.
Wedding Date: November 22, 2014
Xuan McArthur Nguyen
From the start we knew Yogamani was the one for us. From our first meeting where she helped us to think meaningfully about what kind of ceremony we were looking for, to the rehearsal and the big day itself, it was an absolute pleasure to have Yogamani as part of our wedding. She always kept things well organised and the process simple and provided a fantastic set documents to help us structure the ceremony. Through her peaceful and caring nature, she was able to help us relax and reflect meaningfully at times when we most needed to. We always felt comfortable talking things over with her and when it finally came to the ceremony, we knew we had found something which suited us as a unique couple - secular yet spiritual, simple, pure, and aesthetically beautiful.We're so happy to have found Yogamani.
May 10, 2016
Jessica & Andrew
Thank you so much for making our day so very special. You were the perfect fit to help us celebrate our wedding. From our first meeting you made Andrew & I feel comfortable. You were organized and the ideas you provided helped us to easily write the words for our ceremony. It was great that we were able to have the ability to choose all the words that were to be spoken, which really made the day very special to both of us. Your warm and caring nature instantly put our family and wedding party at ease. Andrew & I wanted a secular yet spiritual ceremony - and couldn't have been happier with the result. My family, which is quite traditional was impressed with your grace and genuinely felt the love and emotion you were able to help us express during our ceremony.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
19 February 2016
Brittany & Marko
Marko and I couldn’t be any more pleased in our choice of celebrant for one of the most important days of our lives! Throughout our journey, Yogamani was professional, organized and carried with her an air of calmness and confidence that is infectious (much needed on the big day).
While she provided us with a significant amount of documents and examples to read through for picking our vows, she assured us the ceremony was entirely our own and encouraged us to be unique. She also guided us through the legal paperwork which was extremely helpful as it’s the little things that can build up to be quite stressful!
Once we chose our vows and shared them with her, she was engaging and active in reviewing and editing them to make sure that they met our expectation but also the occasion/legalities.
While the above is extremely important in making sure that everything is organized, what really stood out to us was the day of the rehearsal and ceremony. Marko and I, along with key members of the wedding, travelled from overseas which resulted in some scheduling problems for the rehearsal. Worried about how we would fit in the rehearsal, Yogamani was extremely accommodating and open to date changes so as long as she was available (I think I must’ve rescheduled at least twice). On the rehearsal day, we had somewhat of an idea of how the ceremony would go but really didn’t know what we were doing – this is where her expertise brought everything together. The venue was the Auckland Winter Gardens which was beautiful but can make for a slightly awkward arrangement of people and aisle but with Yogamani’s creativity and experience she helped us put together a beautiful setting.
On the day, she was beyond superb. One of our wedding cars broke down on the way to the venue and we were running late. She kept the attendees calm and patient while they sweated in the 30 degree heat and also gave Marko ease and assurance that all was still okay! During the ceremony and vow exchange, Swami was supportive and encouraging. She was there and in control but I always, throughout the exchange, I felt like it was only us - myself and Marko.
I believe almost everyone that attended the ceremony was able to have some sort of exchange with Yogamani and all that did had nothing but positive things to say. They complimented us on our choice and thought she fit in with us perfectly. We are extremely grateful to have her as a part of our day and would highly, highly recommend her.
Wedding Date: January 30, 2016
From our first Skype call through to the ceremony, Yogamani was calming, helpful, listened to us, and an overall great presence to be around. Planning a wedding from overseas brings with it a few extra hurdles and Yogamani was always quick to respond to any questions we had and sent through a lot of documents which helped us pull together the perfect ceremony for us. She listened to what we wanted, found out who we were, and was a great support throughout the whole planning process, especially during the rehearsal and ceremony. We would recommend her to anyone without a second of hesitation. Thank you Yogamani xxx
Ella and Illi
We chose Yogamani as our celebrant because she brings a quiet wisdom and sense of calm. We believe she has the mana to perform such an important role.
Yogamani is very supportive and amazingly generous - she works from her heart and puts a lot of love into everything she does. She helped us explore what was important to us for our ceremony, and supported us to remain true to ourselves. She also helped us to discover the full meaning behind what we were about to perform.
Leading up to the day of the ceremony she was incredibly helpful, offering us a lot of resources to help us design our ceremony. She brought her creativity to the table to help us come up with ideas, and her expertise in how to ensure the day ran smoothly.
During the wedding Yogamani was calm, assured and a beautiful presence. We are very proud to have been married by her, and would recommend her to anyone.
Wedding Date: February 6, 2016
Holly and Dale
During our wedding planning, we came across Celebrant Yogamani on a few of the wedding websites around. After meeting her, we were hooked! She provided us with a ceremony that was personal and special. Not only was she punctual to our initial meeting, rehearsal and ceremony, but her experience and skills were calming (especially as the wedding drew near) and her professionalism showed throughout the experience. She is incredibly kind and good-natured and having her officiate our wedding was such a joy. We couldn’t have had a more wonderful experience with Yogamani and would highly, highly recommend her to any couples who are in the throws of wedding planning.
Xx Holly and Dale Wedding Date: October 29, 2016
HaySon from Melbourne, Australia
We really appreciated Yogamani’s wonderful advice leading up to our special day. Her professionalism and performance was exceptional and well received by all our family and friends. The fact that we had to organise the entire wedding from overseas and most of our guest had not met before meant that Yogamani’s assistance was invaluable.
From our initial Skype conversation with Yogamani, we knew she was the one! For the next few months Yogamani kept in touch and provided us with ample information, ensuring that we are on track. Our rehearsal session at the venue a few days before made a world of difference. We talked through the details and scoped out the space, making it so seamless and stress-free on the actual day smile Yogamani did everything that she promised. As a result our wedding day was the most memorable & joyous occasion. Last but not least we highly recommend her service to all xox
HaySon from Melbourne, Australia
Joseph and Linda
We start planning our Wedding just weeks before the big day. We were looking for a celebrant we feel aligned with and found in Yogamani the perfect fit for us. She created with us the most perfect wedding day everything was easy and she helped us keep our nerves calm. During the preparation time she guided us to create the most special ceremony, she was always available to talk and gave us heaps of sources which helped tailor our very own ceremony. We felt our wedding was in good hands and we’ve had the most magical day.
Wedding Date: July 3, 2016
Karen and Lyn
Organising a wedding that is taking place in New Zealand from Australia can be a very stressful task, however, the whole event was made very easy with the help of Yogamani.
We found Yogamani on the internet and read her profile. From the start her beliefs and values resonated with us and we made contact with her. She organised a Skype call with us and immediately we felt relaxed, comfortable and confident that she was the one for us!
Yogamani kept in regular contact, sent us endless resources and assisted us with suggestions for our ceremony.
At all times Yogamani was professional, friendly and loving with all of our interactions and correspondence. Her help with getting the ceremony just right was invaluable and appreciated.
As we were married on a cruise ship during a cruise from Australia to New Zealand, a rehearsal was not possible. This didn’t phase us because we knew we were in excellent hands with Yogamani and the whole day went off without a hitch! It was perfect and we felt blessed and honoured to have Yogamani as our celebrant.
Yogamani exceeded our expectations and delivered on all levels. Our wedding was exceptional and was enjoyed by every one of our friends and family. We owe our very successful and special day to Yogamani because without her it would not have been the same.
Thank you Yogamani and we cannot recommend you highly enough to everyone that reads this review.
Namaste, Karen and Lyn xox
Wedding Date: January 14, 2017
Natalie & Gareth
We had a wonderful wedding, made all the more comfortable through using Yogamani. She made us aware that we could have any kind of ceremony we wished, it was our day and she would be there to help us make it exactly as we wanted. She even offered the promise of letting us vet all the words she would say in case we didn’t like one of them and gave us a run down of what she might wear so she would fit in with the wedding colours. Yogamani provided us with lots of examples to get inspiration from and helped us tweak the ceremony so it would flow well. The idea for writing our vowels on beautiful cards was really nice. Following the ceremony we had a lot of compliments from our guests about how good Yogamani was as our celebrant. Thanks again Yogamani!
Wedding Date: March 5, 2016
Shannon and James Tolan
We just wanted to thank you for being such an important part of our dream day! All of our guests absolutely loved the ceremony. Mum said she has never had so many men comment on how beautiful and enjoyable a wedding was. It really was so unreal in the most incredible way possible. I was explaining to my friends it felt like James and I were on a cloud and you were an angel talking to us and everyone in the room. The energy was so powerful we have been on such a high ever since!!
Much love, Shannon and James Tolan
Tammy and Callum
Would highly recommend Swami. She is such a calm, reassuring, gracious soul and I am so glad we chose her to officiate our wedding. She provided excellent resources and advice, all the while ensuring that no word spoken at our wedding ceremony was not one hundred percent chosen by Callum and I. Swami really does have the most incredible calming presence and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody! Friends and family have all commented on how amazing she was.
Tammy and Callum
Yogamani was recommended to us through a friend when I was having trouble knowing where to start with choosing a celebrant as I’m sure many brides do! From the first contact we had with her she was warm and helpful and I could tell that she is really passionate about her role as a celebrant. Throughout the ceremony creation process Yogamani was really supportive and provided us with resources for ideas and clear instructions for the legal obligations and forms. She was very flexible and happy to help guide us to create any type of ceremony that we wanted. We had many of our guests comment on how wonderful our celebrant was and I particularly appreciated that fact that she brought a calming atmosphere to our rehearsal and ceremony. Yogamani is a lovely person and I would highly recommend her to be your wedding celebrant.
Thank you Yogamani, Sophie & AuldanJ xxx
What can I say, apart from brilliant! Swami took the time to explain to us the whole wedding ceremony, made us feel comfortable and nothing was a problem.
Swami understood we were busy working professionals and even took the time to pick up our wedding licence for us. We will always be thankful to you for all your care and support!
After we booked our venue we felt the next important thing to do was find a celebrant. We wanted someone fun, funky & contemporary, so we thought we should meet a few celebrants to get a sense of what we wanted. Yogamani was our first appointment & we felt we didn’t need to see anyone else. Right from the initial meeting her calming influence was apparent, and we both just felt at ease and confident that she would be perfect for our special day.
Yogamani is organised, supportive, and its obvious she loves doing what she does. She made our day perfect, our friends & family were extremely complimentary of the ceremony & she got special mention numerous times.
She gave us awesome advice & she made sure she new & understood the finer details, we really felt like she understood what we wanted.
Yogamani is a truly beautiful person…. we are so glad we chose her….!
We HIGHLY recommend her, spend 2mins with her & you will agree.
Wedding Date: April 12, 2014, Selina and Blair.
We came to Yogamani with a long list of things we didn’t want, and nothing on our want list and yet she managed to tailor make a ceremony that couldn’t have been more us!. Yogamani is a calming presence and always such a pleasure to be around and her attention to detail is impeccable. I would recommend Yogamani to any couple who want a memorable heart felt ceremony by a genuinely lovely person who cares.
Wedding Date: March 1, 2014, Jessica
Swami Yogamani was a wonderful celebrant. She gave us the freedom to have the ceremony we want. She also gave us a lot of great material to start us off in creating our ceremony. She was open to ideas and did not try to put the ceremony into a one size fits all box. She was very friendly and easy to work with.
Wedding Date: March 23, 2014, Karin & Matt
We could not have wished for a better celebrant than Yogamani. From the first meeting we were struck by her warmth of personality. She calmly and patiently helped us create own personal ceremony, guiding us through the process as we really had no idea where to start. Our ceremony was perfect for us and many of our guests commented on how great the ceremony was. Yogamani was also a very calming influence on a stressful day and made the ceremony enjoyable. She has a great speaking voice, is very stylish and graceful and has a good eye for detail.Thank you Yogamani!
Patrick and Lija (Bridal Party)
We met with Yogamani and looked no further! She married Daniel and myself in Waiheke Is and was totally cool about making a few trips out to make our day perfect. We arranged everything yourself (DIY wedding) and Yogamani was this pillar of strength for me. Although she was our celebrant she was able to throw tips and tricks our way in a calm and 'everything will be fine' manner! I can't quite put into words how wonderful she is. Her grace and calming presence makes her the best! She felt part of the day and part of our family. The little 'wink' she gave me when our ceremony started will be forever remembered! Forever in our hearts and photos!
Dan and Kristy Feb 8, 2014. Xxxx
I’m not sure I can put into words what a blessing it was to have Yogamani as our celebrant. If you are looking for a celebrant who will help you create the perfect, unique ceremony that celebrates your love and the fact that two unique people are coming together to create a unique wedding, she is your lady!! Family and friends are STILL talking about our wedding, how unique it was, how it made them feel and how it was such a perfect reflection of us as a couple.
From the moment Yogamani replied to our first email we just knew she was the perfect fit for our wedding. With her yoga background was she able to help us create our perfect ceremony, weaving in aspects of the yoga tradition so important to us, but also guiding us through incorporating more traditional aspects of a wedding ceremony.
Yogamani is an absolute professional in every aspect of planning and officiating a wedding but she also brings so much warmth and love to every aspect of planning your big day. We cannot thank her enough for her patience, eye for detail, guidance in aspects of planning we hadn’t even thought of and genuine love for celebrating other people’s love story. She wasn’t phased at all by our inclusion of our beautiful dogs in the ceremony. Guests continue to compliment us on our choice of celebrant and the beautiful ceremony she helped us create. We have humble gratitude for her guidance, love and support on such a special day. Having Yogamani standing up there with you in front of all your guests definitely helps ease any nerves. She has an amazing presence which puts people at ease and it was such a pleasure to have her officiate our marriage.
Gratitude, thanks and namaskars.
Michael and Felicity (City) West (and doggies Bodhi & George) xo, Wedding Date: March 29, 2014
A very special friend recommended Yogamani to us and when our dates didn’t match up we were really sad as we had had our heart set on her, but she had a cancellation for our date and it was meant to be. Amongst all of the wedding planning and financial side of things that you can get caught up in ... Yogamani grounded us and reminded us for what reasons and why we were getting married..
Yogamani was truly amazing her guidance,her calm nature and the abiltitly to see just what we wanted and it all just fell into place. Having her next to me on my wedding day was a honor and I remember feeling a little nervous turning to her and receiving a beautiful, beaming reassuring smile and i knew it was all ok.
Yogamani made our wedding so special she walks away not our Celebrant but a friend.
Much love Mandy and Mark, Wedding Date: February 22, 2014
We chose Yogamani as we wanted someone who understood our feelings about happiness, celebration and friends and family .. and our expectations were exceeded on every level. Yogamani guided us, made suggestions, explained the legal requirements and helped us create a truly amazing ceremony that was all about love and celebration. She is incredibly professional and gentle and supportive and made our day even more amazing that we could have hoped. It was perfect.
Tony and eStevan. Wedding Date: March 22, 2014
Our wedding requirements were very specific and unusual, which is why we really wanted a celebrant who would be very flexible and understanding of our needs. Yogamani not only fulfilled our expectations but far exceeded them, and it was through her commitment to our happiness that we were able to experience the perfect ceremony, and the perfect day.
Yogamani’s thoroughness, professionalism, and warm, heartfelt approach make her an ideal celebrant, and I highly recommend her services to anyone wishing for a unique wedding ceremony which reflects their identity.
Yogamani did a wonderful job with our ceremony. My wife and I had no idea where to start. She provide many options and examples with no pressure to conform so on the day it was definately ‘our’ ceremony.
Yogamani was professional, understanding, caring and had a huge smile. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking, no matter what your background may be, Yogamani was open to anything without judgement. Thanks again Yogamani!!
Yogamani was everything we could have wished for in a celebrant and more. From the moment we made contact she was professional and helpful providing us with all the information we needed to design our ceremony. On meeting her we were blown away by her grace and style. Right up to the day of the wedding she worked with us to craft a ceremony, making sure everything was perfect. She has an eye for detail and is impeccable while being relaxed, calm and reassuring. The ceremony went perfectly with her experience in ritual really showing through, she gathered the group together, included everyone and guided us through the ceremony perfectly. I would recommend yogamani completely.
Kate & Sara
What a wonderful day made extra special by this beautiful person. The location and weather were superb but would not have been so very very special with out Swami Yogamani Saraswati's very special way of making everyone feel very relaxed and creating an atmosphere the was so very spiritual by her very special, carefully chosen and eloquently delivered words. If you are wanting that X factor for your wedding ceremony Swami is the person you must have to facilitate your coming together on a very special day as it was for us.
Grant Webber (Groom)
Yogamani is the ultimate Celebrant! Her warm and gracious personality made us feel so at ease throughout the entire process. Extremely professional with great ideas, she guided us all the way and the final result was an exceptionally beautiful ceremony that way exceeded our expectations and perfectly captured the spirit of our relationship.
Craig and Roberto
Yogamani did a great job in planning and doing our wedding ceremony. She was very helpful and was there for us every step of the way. She was involved with the whole process and patiently waited for us to decide on the ceremony we really wanted. We appreciated all her efforts in making us feel at ease and comfortable as we are not originally from New Zealand. Also, I would like to thank her for respecting all our wishes and making our wedding ceremony exactly how we wanted it to be. I would highly recommend her to all those who are planning to get married and are looking for someone who is really present in the moment and not just there physically doing their job and going through the motions.
Great working with you Swami!!! =) Cincel (Bride)
Yogamani is amazing at what she does. She guided us every step of the way, and had a wealth of ideas which made our ceremony both unique and memorable. She has a very calming energy, and made the two of us feel completely at ease throughout the process of planning our dream ceremony. She truly listened to our needs and with her eye for detail, helped us to shape it into something that really represented who we are as a couple. Would not hesitate to recommend Yogamani to anyone.
Zeenie - Bride
The moment we met Yogamani we were instantly put at ease. I truly felt that I had met a kindred spirit, so much so that we asked her to join us for the remainder of the wedding day celebrations. Yogamani is very genuine, calm and considered. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Yogmani and definitely consider her a friend for life.Thank you Yogamani for contributing such an important part of the most amazing day of our lives.
Arohanui, Lish & Bronson
Yogamani, thank you so much for completely exceeding our expectations as a celebrant. We knew from the beginning of our first meeting that you were the only person for the role. Your balanced energy was perfect and the beautiful Sanskrit mantra made our ceremony unforgettable. We had more than one person tell us you were the best celebrant they had ever seen! You're awesome, it wouldn't have been the same without you.
Rupert & Kimberley
Our ceremony was a mix of Western and Vedic traditions. Yogamani weaved everything so gracefully and I think it's pretty rare to have your celebrant chant and lead full moon meditation, at the same time keeping all the nice traditional moments of a marriage ceremony.
Without any doubt I would recommend Yogamani to anyone who wishes to have a sacred mindful "once in a life-time" ceremony where every word you say, every vow you give has a profound meaning; with her presence she can take you and your guests to the space of Divine Love. Best wishes and Blessings,
Sannyasi Yogamani did us the honour of marrying my now husband and I on the 21st of March 2013. The lead up to the wedding was stressful to say the least. We had so much to organise and plan and it was a major relief to find a celebrant who was able to take some of that stress away and assist in any way she could.
Yogamani was extremely organised and her attention to detail was superb.
She really took it upon herself to make our day the most special day of our lives. She made so many great suggestions on little bits and pieces to be added into the ceremony which we would never have thought of ourselves.
She carried out the ceremony perfectly, right from addressing the guests prior to my arrival, to the moment we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. All the little touches she added made our day unforgettable.
I received so many positive comments from guests, with the overall consensus being that it was the most special and beautiful wedding they had witnessed.
Yogamani really understood how family orientated we were. She based our ceremony around this which resulted in all we could have hoped for. She listened to our ideas and suggested improvements which made it all so easy. I would highly recommend Yogamani to anyone.
Although Mike and I were very traditional in our approach, no matter what your religion or spiritual beliefs, she will understand your needs fully and piece together a ceremony that will 100% suit the couple.
Mr & Mrs Wade
My search for a celebrant was a very short one. Upon reading Yogamani’s profile, I was captivated with the way she portrayed herself on the website. I was looking for someone who work in line with some spiritual requirements I had for our wedding.
Once we meet her in March, within 5 minutes we knew she was the one we wanted to officiate our wedding. She brought about some peace and calmness to prior and at our wedding ceremony. Many Brides will agree that organising a wedding is not a small task and you do get frustrated. With a pleasant natured celebrant, I was able to keep myself calm and enjoy our wedding day.
Both Billy and myself are very happy with the fun and spiritual way Yogamani conducted our wedding. We definitely acknowledge her as an both a caring individual and an exceptional celebrant. Thank you Yogamani.
Mrs Kasthuri Jackson
Yogamani is a sincere person that listens to your every need and idea. She worked with us with a great eye for detail to create our perfect day. We believe that there is no other celebrant that could have helped us create this as beautifully as she did. Yogamani brings an approach of enthusiasm, inspiration, dedication, professionalism and joy to your wedding day. We highly recommend her services to anyone and everyone who would like to get married.
Thanks so much Yogamani. Devangi & Matrirupa
We were so happy having Yogamani as our celebrant. From the very beginning the service we received was outstanding and very professional. The resources provided helped us create a beautiful ceremony. Even though we had a small wedding, Yogamani still took great care and attention to all details in the ceremony, and made helpful suggestions along the way. On the day Yogamani was a lovely calming influence and made sure that everything ran smoothly. We found her to be a very genuine person and we were so pleased to have her as part of our special day. Lee & Penny
We knew from the moment we met her that Yogamanai was the celebrant for us. She exudes calm, professionalism and peace and was just wonderful throughout the process. Yogamani has resources and information galore and is ready to help with anything you may need. Her beautiful presence on the day was a calming influence for me and our family and friends commented on the fabulous way she officiated the ceremony. We feel so blessed to have met this wonderful lady and can recommend her whole heartedly. Amelia and Stellious Yiakmis
Right from the outset Yogamani's professionalism was outstanding. We had an immediate connection with her and knew she was the one to marry us instantly. When we first met her we weren't exactly sure how and when we were going to marry and she was very flexible, understanding and helpful in our decision making process. In the end we decided a very quiet ceremony at our house under a full moon was for us. Everything was absolutely perfect, her calming aura was very empowering at the event and I felt absolutely sure everything was right in the universe when I married Marc. I can't thank her enough for making our union official in such a graceful and elegant way. Tracey Theiler
What People Say
"From the first moment we met Yogamani, my husband and I both knew instantly that she was the perfect person to marry us. Yogamani has the most serene and calming energy, paired with astounding professionalism. Her approach to our ceremony felt so bespoke, personal and intimate, helping us to create a ceremony and vows that were unique to us."
"She is capable, sincere, organized, creative, innovative, trust worthy, open minded, adaptable, dependable, compassionate and professional. "Yogamani uses tradition to embrace and tautoko all those in the community regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or religion. She is reliable, consistent and supportive of all"
"She is renowned for bringing passion and integrity to all she undertakes. She is calm and maintains equilibrium in all situations holding the mantel of the ritual maker with ease and grace"
"It is her personality that makes her unique and special. I also believe her experience over years from acting, modelling, teaching, facilitating and working with people bring another range of skills and qualities each to their own"
"Over the years I have been involved in many events, ceremonies and rituals with Yogamani in India, and through out Aotearoa. Many of these events were organised and facilitated by Yogamani, her contribution has been very valuable. I have always known her to be professional, respectful and supportive to the needs and interests of others in community. Yogamani has an impressive range of qualifications and experience"
"Yogamani can create an inspiring spiritual event that is sensitive to the needs of those involved including traditions and culture of their choice"
"Yogamani identifies with the importance of ritual. I feel very strongly that she is unique in her ability to hold a group of people through any ritual driven process. She has a persona that brings calm, respect and draws the best from those around her. In short I can't think of a better candidate for the crucial role of Marriage Celebrant."
"I have travelled to India with Yogamani specifically to attend Sacred Rituals, I have also experienced Retreats she has led on Marae around Aotearoa, she is well versed in the protocol, and is embracing of Maori culture. The atmosphere created is always a wonderful blend of clutures and traditions while maintaining respect for the individual aspects as well."