What is a Notice of Intended Marriage?
Think of this as your application for a New Zealand marriage licence.
WHEN SHOULD I COMPLETE THE NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE?
At the very least, three working days before your wedding date – as it takes the local NZ Court House/Registry office this long to process your Notice.
At the very most, no more than 3 months before your wedding date – as your marriage licence is only valid for 3 months.
Be aware of public holidays and Court House/Registry Office closures which may hold up the process. I recommend that couples complete and submit their Notice of Intended Marriage a month or two before the big day to get it out of the way in good time.
How much does a Notice of Intended Marriage cost?
Your Notice of Intended Marriage costs $122.60 (NZ dollars) and this can be paid at the Court House/Registry Office where you register your Notice.
DO I NEED AN ALTERNATIVE WEDDING VENUE?
Ideally yes. This is a case of hoping for the best but planning for the worst. If it comes to your wedding day and you’re unable to use your first choice wedding venue due to weather conditions or other circumstances, you will need a plan B. Talk with your celebrant about your options here.
What is a bridegroom?
This is just another word for groom!
WHAT IF I’VE BEEN MARRIED BEFORE?
There is space on the Notice of Intended Marriage for you to state how the previous marriage ended and when. You do not need to provide any evidence as when you complete the “statutory declaration” you are signing that all the information provided is true… and they trust you!
WE ARE PLANNING TO MOVE HOUSE, WHAT ADDRESS SHOULD WE USE?
The address stated on your Notice of Intended Marriage will be the address printed on your Marriage Certificate. So use whichever address you want to be printed on the certificate. Your Marriage Certificate will be posted to whatever address you provide when you apply for your certificate separately after the ceremony.
WHAT IS A “STATUTORY DECLARATION”?
If you live in New Zealand or you are arriving in New Zealand at least one working days prior to your wedding day, this section must be completed in front of NZ Registrar staff at a NZ Court House/Registry Office. If you’re applying from outside of New Zealand and arriving in New Zealand less than one working day prior to your wedding day, this must be completed in your home country in front of a Commonwealth Representative at your closest New Zealand embassy.
Can I email my Notice of Intended marriage?
Yes! Each Court House/Registry Office has an email address you can send your Notice to. For Queenstown, email your Notice to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to copy in your celebrant to keep them in the loop!
Do I need to take ID with me to get my marriage licence?
ID is only required when collecting your marriage licence. ID is not required when submitting your Notice of Intended Marriage.
Do we both need to be there to lodge the paperwork?
Nope. Only one of you need to attend the Court House/Registry Office to complete the Statutory Declaration. Note that the Statutory Declaration must be completed by one of the parties to be married (a bride of groom), this is not something that your celebrant can do on your behalf.
I made a mistake on my Notice of Intended Marriage... what should I do?
If you’ve not yet submitted your Notice, just correct your mistake and initial where you have made the adjustment(s).
If you’ve submitted your Notice, contact the Court House/Registry Office and let them know of the error. The staff will correct the mistake ready for you to collect your documents.