A personalised ceremony is one you can have anywhere you and your celebrant agree. And you can write your own vows.
Choose a venue
You'll need to know your venue when you apply for a marriage licence.
If you have a back-up venue, you'll need to include that in your licence application too, because you can only get married at a location you've put in the application.
Find a celebrant
You need to find a celebrant in your area.
You'll need to contact them to confirm details.
Apply for a marriage licence
You have to get a marriage licence at least 3 working days before the ceremony.
You need to bring 2 witnesses to the ceremony.
Who can be a witness
Your 2 witnesses must understand what’s happening during the ceremony. They must be able to clearly identify both of you and be satisfied you both consent to the marriage.
- don’t need to have known you for any specific length of time and
- can be children of any age, so long as they understand the concept of a marriage.
If the witnesses speak a different language to you, you’ll need an interpreter. The interpreter has to sign a declaration before the ceremony to say they’ll interpret what you say accurately.
Your celebrant will give you a "Copy of particulars of marriage". This is not the same as a marriage certificate.
They'll use another "Copy of particulars of marriage" to register your marriage with the NZ government.