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 $150 (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 your form to state how the previous marriage ended and when (the date on the death or divorce certificate). 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!

WHAT IS A “STATUTORY DECLARATION”?

Here, you are signing to confirm that all the information on your application is true and correct. Your signature must be witnessed in person and before your wedding day at your nominated local Registry Office/Court House.

Can I email my Notice of Intended marriage?

Most couples will be able to submit their application online. But if you need to email the court house directly you can find all contact details HERE.

Do I need to take ID with me to get my marriage licence?

You may be asked for ID when signing for and collecting your marriage licence so it’s a good idea to take it with you.

I made a mistake on my Notice of Intended Marriage... what should I do?

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. A fee may apply for this service.

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