We are very fortunate in New Zealand as a celebrant can marry you at any time, on any day of the week, as long as the appropriate paperwork has been completed! The process is relatively easy and the legal part of the ceremony is very brief.
GETTING A MARRIAGE LICENCE?
- When a couple intend to get married, they are required to complete the appropriate type of ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ form, which includes a statutory declaration that both parties are free to marry each other and that all the details supplied on the form are correct.
- One of the parties must appear in person before a Registrar of Marriages to sign the statutory declaration.
- The required fee must be paid.
- The Registrar will (no sooner than three days after receiving the Notice of Intended Marriage) issue the Marriage Licence, together with two copies of a document known as a ‘Copy of Particulars of Marriage’.
- One of the parties will need to deliver these three documents to their Marriage Celebrant before the ceremony.
WHAT IF A COUPLE LIVE OVERSEAS AND WANT TO GET MARRIED IN NEW ZEALAND?
- You will need to complete a ‘Notice of Intended Marriage, where both parties are ordinarily resident outside New Zealand’.
- Send this marriage notice (with the required fee) to the Registry Office closest to the place where you want to have the ceremony, ensuring that it reaches the Registrar at least a week before you intend to have the ceremony.
- Collect the Marriage Licence and the two copies of the Copy of Particulars of Marriage.
- If a Registrar is to solemnise the marriage the statutory declaration can be signed in the presence of the Registrar immediately prior to the ceremony; otherwise you must sign the statutory declaration when you pick up the licence from the Registrar.
Alternatively, the statutory declaration can be signed, while you are in your home country, in front of a Commonwealth representative (ie an authorised diplomatic or consular officer of a Commonwealth country.)
For more information on NZ Marriage Licenses, please visit – http://www.dia.govt.nz/pubforms.nsf/URL/GettingMarriedbrochure.pdf/$file/GettingMarriedbrochure.pdf
*Information provided by Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages NZ, 2012