HOW TO APPLY FOR A WEDDING LICENSE IN NZ
1. COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM:
Applying for a marriage license has recently become "modernized". Nowadays there is no need to go in for a face to face meeting! You can apply for your New Zealand Marriage License from anywhere in the world, just click on this link:
2. FOLLOW THE ON SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS:
Once you've followed the link (above), all you need to do is simply follow the instructions and fill in all your details!
PLEASE NOTE: The fee for a celebrant wedding from the government is $150 OR if you are choosing to be married in a registry office with a registrar (NOT a celebrant) is $240.
You can apply up to 3 months prior to your wedding date. So please DO NOT leave this to the last minute, do this as early as you can. We can not conduct a wedding without the correct paperwork!!
When filling out your application forms, it's good to know that: If you have an active RealMe account (see below) you can save your application at each stage and return to it later.
3. CHECK YOUR INBOX
Once you have filled out the application forms and applied for your Marriage License, make sure to check your email for your marriage licence. Ensure you check, double check and TRIPLE CHECK the details to make sure they are correct; If there are any mistakes just contact Births, Deaths and Marriages New Zealand and they will update your licence for you.
4. EMAIL YOUR LICENCE TO YOUR CELEBRANT
Forward your marriage licence email to your celebrant. Done. Yay! That’s one less thing to worry about for your big day.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: "Uniquely-Yours-Celebrants" recommend that you pre-order a copy of your marriage certificate, while you are applying for your New Zealand Marriage License. This will save you A LOT of time down the track and costs only $33.
You can opt to have your marriage paperwork sent to either you or your celebrant, and either by email or courier. Personally I suggest that you have it sent to yourself via email. You can then double check all the details on the licence to make sure they are correct and then have any corrections made - if needed - well ahead of time.
REAL ME ID ACCOUNT
RealMe ID makes it easier for New Zealanders' to access and use online services offered by both the government and the private sector business groups/officials. The service has been created to build trust and confidence by adhering to New Zealand Government security, identity and privacy legislation.
If you DON'T have a REAL ME ID Account, we highly recommend that you create one for yourselves - as this will help you out immensely in the long run. (It also makes applying for your Marriage License easier and far less stressful too!).
Follow the link below to learn more about REAL ME and create your account, today!
IMPORTANT LINKS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT
CANZ (CELEBRANTS ASSOCIATION NEW ZEALAND)
"CANZ is New Zealand’s national professional association for celebrants which enriches celebrants, who, in turn, enrich New Zealand society." - CANZ Website
As mentioned previously, Both Ange and Stacey are registered members of CANZ . For more information about CANZ, please follow the link below.
CANZ CODE OF ETHICS
Members of the Celebrants' Association of New Zealand (CANZ) have guidelines and regulations to follow when designing and creating your perfect ceremony alongside you. To view the CANZ Code Of Ethics, please follow the link below:
MARRIAGE IN NEW ZEALAND (Link)
For more information regarding Marriage in New Zealand and how to get married in New Zealand, please follow the link below.
CIVIL UNIONS/SAME SEX MARRIAGES IN NEW ZEALAND (Link)
For more information regarding Civil Unions/Same Sex Marriages in New Zealand , please follow the link below.