?? How to get married in New Zealand

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A quick guide to getting married or having a civil union in New Zealand.

https://www.govt.nz/assets/timeline-icons/Planner-check-box.jpg 1) Decide how

There are 2 ways to get married or have a civil union in NZ:

a) By a registered marriage celebrant

You can choose:

o when and where you’ll get married

o to write your own vows

o a religious or independent celebrant.

Find a marriage celebrant

b) In a registry office

Registry office ceremonies:

o are held during normal office hours

o use standard vows, and you can’t customise the ceremony.

Registry office weddings

2) Arrange a marriage licence

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.

Get a marriage licence

https://www.govt.nz/assets/timeline-icons/Two-rings.jpg3) Get married

Your celebrant or the registry office will register your marriage and give you a “Copy of particulars of marriage”.

https://www.govt.nz/assets/timeline-icons/Certificate.jpg 4) Get a marriage certificate

If you need to show anyone legal proof of your marriage, you can order a marriage certificate.

Get a marriage certificate

https://www.govt.nz/assets/timeline-icons/Person-line-text.jpg 5) Change 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.

Changing your name after you get married


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