How to get married in NZ
A step-by-step guide to getting married in New Zealand.
There are 2 ways to get married in NZ:
By a registered marriage celebrant
You can choose:
- when and where you'll get married
- to write your own vows
- a religious or independent celebrant.
In a registry office
Registry office ceremonies:
- are held during normal office hours
- use standard vows, and you can’t customise the ceremony.
Arrange a licence and 2 witnesses
You have to arrange a marriage licence at least 3 working days before you want to get married. If you're being married by a celebrant, you'll need their name and the location and approximate date of the wedding when you apply.
You need 2 witnesses to come to your ceremony. They must be able to understand what's happening.
Get a marriage certificate
If you need to show anyone legal proof of your marriage, you can order a marriage certificate.
Changing your name
If you want to change your last name after you're married, you don’t have to do anything special — but some places like banks or government agencies might ask to see a copy of particulars or marriage certificate.