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How to get married in NZ

Choose the kind of ceremony you want then follow the step-by-step guide.

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Personalised ceremonies

You can have a personalised ceremony at any time, date and place you want. You write your own vows. It costs $150 for the marriage licence, plus the amount the celebrant charges for the ceremony.

Registry ceremonies

A registry ceremony has standard vows and must take place on a weekday. You cannot hold the ceremony on a weekend or public holiday. You will need to pay $150 for the marriage licence and a set fee of $90 for the ceremony, which you pay to the celebrant in advance.

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