Mauri ora koutou, ko Te Raumiria, Julie, taku ingoa, ko Karioi te maunga, ko Waikato te awa, ko Tanui te iwi, tena koutou katoa
Are you looking to incorporate some maori tradition and whakapapa into your ceremony, you are in the right place. Including, some traditions, such as the wearing of, Te Korowai (Cloak of Love) for the Bride or Groom, Te Powhiri (Traditional Welcome with Song and Dance), Te Karanga,(Welcome Call), Te Manaakitanga (Blessing of the couple) and of course the Haka. These traditions are not limited, please ask about anything else you want to include,
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Welcome to Country
We acknowledge and pay respects to the people of the Yugambeh language region of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander and people from all regions, who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.
Te Karanga (Welcome Call).
Before entering the location, a traditional Maori welcome call is heard inviting the bride and groom to the sacred land, more often a Marae
Te Powhiri (Traditional Song and Dance).
After entering, a traditional song and dance for the bridal party is performed by the local tribe or whanau
Introduction & Welcome
Reading or Prayer (Optional)
Giving Away (Optional)
The Asking (Optional)
Korowai Ceremony (Legal Vows and or personal vows are exchanged and the placing of Korowai on the bride or groom).
The vows can be followed with a meaningful romantic gesture reinforcing the husband and wife’s love and respect for each other. The Groom then places the Korowai (Cloak of Love) around the Bride. This symbolizes, his love will surround her for all her life.
Ring Exchange or Other Choice of Exchange (Optional)
Te Manaakitanga (A blessing of the couple).
When the ceremony is over, the couple is blessed with a prayer. After the blessing, guests go forward to present Taonga (gifts) to the couple, signifying a new beginning and happiness. (Gifting is optional)
The Hongi follows. This involves the couple touching their noses. This hongi seals the Korowai Ceremony. The Maori people believe that, as God created man and woman, he breathed life into their nostrils. As husband and wife perform this hongi, they join their two breaths of life together and become one. This meaningful, gesture represents, mutual love and respect.
Marriage Declaration (Legal)
Signing & Witnessing of Certificates (Legal)
Presenting the happy Couple
Te Haere Atu (Departure).
The bridal party can now depart, with a traditional Maori farewell song and dance.
Te Hakari (Wedding Feast and Celebrations).
About the Korowai
A Korowai is a Māori cloak that was worn by maori ancestors and they were passed down through many generations as treasured heirloom pieces. To have Korowai included in your ceremony, please contact Tania at Korowai World
To the Maori people the cloak is a taonga (treasure) that is their heritage and can be passed down from generation to generation. Each Korowai is crafted with love and care, with planning and patterns and designs that tell stories of the wearers, iwi (tribe) and whakapapa (genealogy). Patterns can represent nature, such as birds, plants, gods, mythical beings. These patterns reflect the deep connection of the Maori people and their surroundings and story through the generations.
The Maori Korowai holds significant cultural importance in rituals and special occasions. It is often worn during important ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, and celebrations.