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Choose the kind of ceremony you want then follow the step-by-step guide.
If you’re getting married or having a civil union overseas, you usually do not need to do anything in NZ beforehand — check with the country’s officials if you need to do anything there.
Only registered celebrants can perform weddings or civil unions in New Zealand.
Before you get married, you need to apply for a marriage licence. This confirms it’s legal for you to marry. A marriage license costs $150.
In New Zealand, you don’t usually have to do anything special if you want to change your name after you get married or have a civil union.
Your New Zealand marriage certificate is an official record of your marriage. It costs $33 to get one sent to you.
If you think there are legal reasons why someone shouldn’t get married or have a civil union, you can lodge a caveat or notice of objection.
Celebrants can legally perform marriages and/or civil unions in New Zealand. If you want to become a celebrant, you can choose to be independent or connected with an approved church or organisation. Once you're registered you need to renew your registration each year and keep your contact details up-to-date.
If you have a serious problem with a marriage or civil union celebrant not performing their legal duties before, during or after your ceremony, you can make a formal complaint about them.
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Date printed 18 August 2022