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2024 Guide to getTING a marriage licence in nz


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Planning a wedding in New Zealand? Congratulations on embarking on this beautiful journey of love and commitment! As you dive into the world of wedding preparations, one important step that deserves your attention is applying for a marriage licence in NZ. In this blog, I will guide you through the process of applying for a marriage licence in NZ, ensuring that you have all the necessary information and documents at your fingertips.


Before we dive in, have a look at the visual image below which gives you a quick step-by-step application process of getting a marriage licence in NZ.



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The above image provides you with a broad overview of the Marriage Licence application process. Now let's get stuck in and dive deeper into what you need to know when obtaining a Marriage Licence in NZ. In this blog, I will cover the following points.


a) What is a Marriage licence In NZ and why do we need it to get married in New Zealand?


b) The cost of applying for a marriage licence in NZ.


c) When should you apply for a marriage licence in NZ.


d) Who can legally apply for a marriage licence in NZ.


e) Who cannot legally get married in NZ.


f) Where to apply for a marriage licence in NZ.


G) What is the difference between a registry wedding and a Personalised wedding?


H) What details do you need to submit your application for a marriage licence in NZ.


I) Finally, I will cover the next steps after you have submitted a Marriage Licence iN NZ.


Whether you're a local resident or a visitor to this breathtaking country, understanding the requirements and procedures for obtaining a marriage licence in NZ is crucial to ensure a smooth and legally recognised union. So, let's explore what you need to do and set the foundation for your dream wedding day in NZ.


a) What is a marriage licence and why do you need it to get married in New Zealand?


A marriage licence in NZ is a legal document that authorises you to get married and is required by law in New Zealand. A marriage licence in NZ confirms that a couple is eligible to be married and gives permission for the marriage to take place.


b) How much does it cost to apply for a marriage licence in NZ.


A marriage licence in NZ costs $150.


c) When should you apply for a Marriage Licence in NZ.


You can apply for your Marriage Licence in NZ online at least 3 working days before your marriage. The licence is issued after 3 working days and it’s valid for 3 months. Therefore, you must apply between 3 months and 3 days before your wedding. If your wedding is postponed, you must re-apply.


If you are interested in viewing my services, have a look at my Auckland Celebrant Prices and contact me as your Auckland Celebrate prior to applying for your marriage licence in NZ. You will be required to provide details of your wedding celebrant during your application process.


d) Who can legally apply for a marriage licence in NZ.


Most people can get a marriage licence in NZ. This includes same-sex marriages that are legal in New Zealand. New Zealand visitors to the country can also marry or have a civil union here (you do not need to be a New Zealand citizen).


e) Who cannot legally get married in New Zealand?


You cannot legally apply for a marriage licence in NZ if you are:


- Already married or in a civil union (unless you’re changing your relationship with the same person).

- Closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption.

- Under 16. If you are under 16, you will need consent from a Family Court Judge before you can marry.



f) Where can you apply for a Marriage Licence in NZ.


You can apply for a marriage licence in nz online or by visiting your local registry office.

Only one of you needs to complete your marriage licence nz application form, but you will need information about both of you.


G) What is the difference between a registry wedding and a Personalised wedding?


Before you submit your application for a marriage licence in NZ, it is important to determine whether you will be having a Registry Wedding Ceremony or a Personalised Wedding Ceremony.


Registry weddings are held at a registry office and have standard vows. They can only take place on weekdays, and there is a limit of 10 guests. Personalised weddings can be held anywhere and at any time, and the couple can write their own vows. There is no limit to the number of guests.


Below is a picture explaining the key differences between having a Registry Wedding Ceremony and a Personalised Wedding Ceremony.



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If you are not sure what type of wedding you want, it is best to talk to your Celebrant. They can help you to decide what is best for you and your partner.



g) What details do you need to submit your application for a marriage licence in NZ?


You will need the following details to apply for a marriage licence in NZ:


  • Your full name, date of birth, and place of birth.

  • Your partner's full name, date of birth, and place of birth.

  • The names and contact details of your parents or legal guardians (if you are under 18 years old).

  • The names and contact details of two witnesses who will be present at your wedding.

  • The date and time of your wedding ceremony.

  • The location of your wedding ceremony.

  • The name of your celebrant.



h) What is the next step after you have submitted a marriage licence in nz?


Your next step after submitting your application for a marriage licence in NZ is to provide the relevant marriage licence documents to your Celebrant.


You will be sent your marriage licence, and 2 copies of the “Copy of Particulars of Marriage” — a form with all the details of the people getting married. Provide all 3 of these documents to your Wedding Celebrant before your wedding.



FINAL THOUGHTS


There you have it! All the information you need in 2024 to apply for a marriage licence in NZ. Applying for a marriage licence in nz is an essential step in your wedding planning journey. This legal document authorises your marriage and ensures that you meet the necessary requirements to tie the knot. I recommend you apply for your marriage licence in NZ a month or two in advance to avoid any last-minute stress. Once you've completed the application process and received your marriage licence, don't forget to provide the necessary documents to your appointed Auckland Celebrant Their expertise will guide you through the final steps, ensuring a smooth and memorable ceremony.


My Auckland Celebrant Prices are tailored to suit any budget. Don't hesitate to reach out for professional assistance. Congratulations on this exciting chapter of your life and may your wedding day be filled with infinite love, joyful moments, and cherished memories that will light your path as a couple.




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