How to Get Married In NZ


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:

  • name
  • location
  • 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.


To get more information about applying for your marriage license, then please click:here



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