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If you arrive in NZ less than 3 days before your wedding:
If you live in NZ or will arrive here more than 3 days before your wedding:
To have an initial obligation free interview
The provision of, assistance with, and lodgement of all the required legal documents
A full rehearsal of the wedding ceremony a few days prior to your wedding day
To conduct the ceremony with a professional PA System
To wear an outfit that will coordinate with your colour scheme, theme and/or setting
The provision of a table, chairs and table cloth for the signing
Punctuality at all times and to arrive early on the wedding day
A personalised copy of the Wedding Ceremony to keep as a memento of your special day.
An exclusive Wedding Kit containing sample ceremonies, sample readings - prose and poems, quotes, and a catalogue of symbols and rituals
The creation of a personalized and unique wedding ceremony you will cherish forever
Up to two planning meetings (in person)
Unlimited phone, email, and skype support
To design as many drafts of your ceremony as required until you are happy with the final ceremony
To secure your date a Non-Refundable Deposit is due upon booking me as your celebrant.
The Balance of the quoted and agreed total fee is due no later than one week prior to the wedding or rehearsal.
Cancellation by client will result in loss of deposit. Cancellation by celebrant will incur a full refund.
Payment options include direct deposit, cheque or cash.
Before the wedding ceremony
A Marriage Licence (BDM10) and the Particulars of Marriage forms ( BDM45 and BDM45A) are normally issued no sooner than three calendar days after the completed Notice of Intended Marriage is submitted and the fee has been paid.
When picking up the Marriage Licence and Particulars of Marriage forms one of the couple must sign a statutory declaration that there is no lawful impediment to the marriage, that the details given are true, that both parties are not within the ‘prohibited degrees of relationship’ and that consent has been given (if one of the couples is aged 16 or 17).
Couples residing in New Zealand
There are certain legal requirements that must be observed during the ceremony to ensure its validity. You must have your ceremony at one of the places stated on the licence, and before the licence expires, The Celebrant must always introduce him or herself.
The couple’s full names (as per the name used on the Notice) must be said by the celebrant, or the couple, at least once. This can happen at the beginning of the ceremony or at any time prior to, or included in, the vows – this is to ensure the couple are identified. Each party must say the words ‘I AB, take you CD, to be my legal wife/husband/partner' or words to similar effect
Two witnesses must be in attendance at the wedding ceremony. They must be able to see and hear everything that is said throughout the ceremony and understand what is happening. Following the Vows and at the conclusion of the Ceremony both copies of The Particulars of Marriage must be signed by the couple, the celebrant and the two witnesses.
After the wedding ceremony
The celebrant will give the couple one copy and will post the other copy to The Registrar so the marriage or civil union can be registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
For further information go to the Internal Affairs web site: How to Get Married in New Zealand
During the wedding ceremony
If one or both of the couple has been married or in a civil union before, they may be asked to provide the Registrar with evidence of the end of that relationship.
If the former spouse or partner died, the date of the death must be stated on the notice.
Where a couple are changing from a marriage to a civil union or from a civil union to a marriage, the Registrar requires documentary evidence of the current relationship
The Marriage Licence is valid for three months from the date on which it is issued. During that period you are free to marry at the place or places specified on the licence.
All couples both resident and overseas
If a couple usually live overseas but want to get married or enter into a civil union in New Zealand, the couple (or either one of them) will need to:
Couples coming from overseas
Once in New Zealand the statutory declaration must be signed before the licence is issued or a Registry Office ceremony can occur.
Alternatively, the couple can sign the statutory declaration in their home country in front of an authorised diplomatic or consular officer of a Commonwealth country.
Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage, where both parties are ordinarily resident outside of New Zealand or Notice of Intended Civil Union, where both parties are ordinarily resident outside of New Zealand.
Send the notice (with the fee) to the Registry Office nearest to the place where their ceremony is to be solemnised, ensuring that it reaches the Registrar at least a week before the intended date of the ceremony;
Collect the licence and the two copies of the Copy of Particulars of Marriage.
Sign the statutory declaration in front of a Registrar; and
Relationship education allows you to think about what goes into creating a healthy marriage and enrich your relationship by providing you with skills that you can use in the future. Couples can benefit by Relationship education programs through improved communication, conflict management and better quality of what’s most important – your relationship; how it will survive and thrive over time. Below are some of the services available to you in New Zealand:
Code of Ethics
The CANZ Code of Ethics Members of the Celebrants’ Association of New Zealand (CANZ) accept the responsibilities entrusted to them in their relationships with:
When creating and facilitating ceremonies and rituals, CANZ celebrants will:
For details of the professional standards and performance indicators that align with the ethical principles above visit the CANZ website at: CANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Standards [pdf]
the clients they serve
the public at large and any stakeholders including relevant Government departments and agencies
CANZ, their colleagues, and the profession of which they are a part
maintain a high standard of professional conduct and service
demonstrate social and cultural sensitivity
strive to enrich people’s lives and enhance celebrancy in New Zealand
work in partnership with their clients, encouraging their participation and ensuring their protection