1. IS A NEW ZEALAND MARRIAGE LEGAL IN MY HOME COUNTRY?
2. WHO CAN GET MARRIED IN NEW ZEALAND?
3. WHERE CAN I GET MARRIED IN NEW ZEALAND?
4. CAN I HAVE A NON-RELIGIOUS WEDDING IN NEW ZEALAND?
5. WHAT DO I NEED TO GET MARRIED IN NEW ZEALAND?
6. HOW DO I GET A NEW ZEALAND MARRIAGE LICENCE?
See, “How to get your New Zealand Marriage Licence in 3 Simple Steps” for full details.
Also see, “Applying for Your New Zealand Marriage Licence – Frequently Asked Questions, Answered by a Marriage Celebrant” for extra help.
7. WHAT IF I’VE BEEN MARRIED BEFORE?
8. WHO CAN BE A WITNESS AT OUR NEW ZEALAND WEDDING?
9. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY NEW ZEALAND MARRIAGE LICENCE?
Internal Affairs require at least 3 working days between receiving your application and granting you your licence. Consider any public holidays which may delay this process. I recommend applying for your marriage licence at least a month before your wedding date when possible.
10. HOW LONG IS MY NEW ZEALAND MARRIAGE LICENCE VALID FOR?
11. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET MARRIED IN NEW ZEALAND?
Your New Zealand marriage licence costs $150 to be married by an NZ registered celebrant in a ceremony location of your choice. Payment can be made when applying for your marriage licence online. See “How to Get Your NZ Marriage Licence in 3 Simple Steps” for more details. Celebrants also charge a fee for their services.
12. HOW DO I GET A COPY OF OUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?
You can pre-order a copy (or multiple copies) of your marriage certificate as part of the online application for your marriage licence. Or you can call NZ Internal Affairs and order over the phone two weeks after your wedding.
13. HOW LONG WILL MY WEDDING CEREMONY BE?
Anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on what you choose to include in your wedding ceremony (e.g. vows, readings, bridal party, music, etc). For an elopement style wedding or heli-wedding your ceremony will usually be 10-15 minutes. For a larger wedding with a bridal party your ceremony will usually be 15 – 25 minutes – but allow 30 minutes in your timeline so that you don’t feel rushed on the day.