There are two types of legal marriage in New Zealand;
- Registry ceremonies
- Personalised ceremonies
To help with your planning there are some straight forward steps to follow;
- Choose a venue or location
- Find a celebrant
- Apply for a marriage licence
- Arrange two witnesses
- Contact the local council to ask about permits (if required)
Your celebrant will give you a "Copy of particulars of marriage" and they will register your marriage officially for you.
Make sure to have everything covered well in advance and read through this step-by-step guide on getting married in New Zealand(opens in new window).
A civil union certificate allows couples to legally register their relationship. You don't need to be a citizen to have a civil union in New Zealand.
The two types of civil unions in New Zealand are;
- Registry ceremonies for civil unions
- Personalised ceremonies for civil unions
Make sure to have everything covered well in advance and read through this step-by-step guide on civil unions in New Zealand(opens in new window).
Same-sex marriage and civil union
In 2013 New Zealand became one of the first counties in the world to welcome and legalise same-sex marriage.
Anyone over the age of 18 can legally marry or enter a civil union in New Zealand.