Invercargill Wedding
& Funeral Celebrant


Areas Covered



About Me

Ann McDowall
Being a Celebrant has become my passion, helping people through the tough times but also celebrating in peoples good times has given me perspective, compassion and understanding in any given environment. 

As a Celebrant I get to meet so many people and hear about their stories and adventures. I enjoy planning ceremonies that celebrate the joining of two lives as well as ones to farewell a loved one, celebrating the life they lived and sharing what they will be remembered for. 

I would love to work with you to create a ceremony tailored to your needs, because everyone is different and a ceremony should reflect that.

If you have any questions or would like to chat please use the details below.
I look forward to hearing from you and finding out how I can help.

Funeral Celebrant

“A funeral is not a day in a lifetime, it is a lifetime in a day”

Each service is unique and tailored for your special memories. The loss of a loved one is a challenging time with many emotions and often short timeframes, which make it all the more difficult to make the right decisions.

I am open to your requests whether it be a religious service, a fun celebration of someone’s life or something in between.  I offer support with ideas for readings, music, the eulogy, faith and cultural aspects.

I cover most areas in and around Southland but can also travel to Central Otago and the surrounding areas.

Living Funerals

How many times do you wish you could have said something to someone but never did, because the time never came?

If your loved one has accepted their limited time left, I think it is beautiful concept to have a "living funeral", celebrating their life while they are still able to be with you. It's a bitter/sweet experience but it enables the person to say their final goodbyes and vice versa.

For any questions, or to make a booking please get in touch
Ann McDowall Funeral ServiceAnn McDowall with Coffin

Wedding Celebrant

A wedding is such a special occasion, it is an honour to be part of that day with you sharing in your happiness.

I offer a unique tailored service catering for your ideas, beliefs and situation. I am very down to earth with a sense of humour.

On the wedding day I create a calm environment, ensuring everything runs smoothly without a hitch, for your beautiful day together.

I can officiate same sex marriages and civil unions, being sensitive to your needs and wishes. The service is tailored to what you want - offering a memorable special day sharing your important vows with each other.

I cover most areas in and around Southland but can also travel to Central Otago and the surrounding areas.
For any questions, or to make a booking please get in touch

“No words can express the kindness you’ve shown Amy, myself and all my family. You made Hunter’s farewell bearable and what a tribute you did for him. We will always be so grateful to you forever. Thank you sooo much”
- Sharon & Paul King, Amy & Hayden, Mandy & Hayden, Steve, Tanya & kids, Otautau

“Ann helped us create a final very memorable farewell for my husband Chris. She listened and very quickly captured the kind of person Chris was from all our rambling stories and memories. She included everyone. On the day she was the calm in the storm...allowing my grandson to play around her feet while she officiated. Chris would have adored that. A very special lady who can help create a loving memory at such a sad time”.
- Jan Lieshout, Te Anau

“Ann officiated at the funeral service for my Dad earlier this year. She listened to us as a family talk about him and wrote the most fitting service that was just him and what we as a family wanted. Ann was very professional to deal with and made a very difficult time a lot easier for us all”.
- Susan Burke, Invercargill

“Just a little note to say thank you for doing such a great job at Lindsay’s funeral. We all appreciated it so much… You just fitted in so nicely. Just what we wanted. We will never forget your kindness”.
- Margaret Horrell, Gore