For all those who are wondering about the requirements of getting married in NZ,
the New Zealand Government website made an easy to understand
step-by-step guide just for YOU!
Find a marriage celebrant
Only registered celebrants can perform weddings or civil unions in New Zealand. You need to arrange your celebrant before you can get a marriage licence.
You can search for a celebrant by:
- church or organisation
How much a celebrant charges is up to them — you pay them directly.
If you’re getting married at a registry office you will be married by a Registrar of Marriages — you don’t need to find your own celebrant.
Registry office wedding and civil union ceremonies
- are only held during normal office hours — usually Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm
- take about 10 minutes and use standard vows — you can’t customise the ceremony.
It costs $173.70 to get married at a registry office, including the cost of the marriage licence.
How many guests you can invite to the ceremony depends on the office you’re getting married in — you need to bring at least 2 witnesses.
You can book your wedding time when you apply for your marriage licence. You need to apply for your marriage licence at least 3 days before you want to get married. The fee you’ll pay when you arrange your licence includes the cost of the ceremony.