Registry Offices in New Zealand no longer provide Registry wedding services. Approved marriage celebrants conduct Registry marriage ceremonies in the community.
Registry Offices no longer provide Registry ceremonies. Instead, marriage celebrants conduct these in their local community. I am proud to provide this service in Mt Eden and neighbouring suburbs.
Celebrant-led Registry ceremonies are short, simple, and time-efficient for all involved. They are regulated by the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages – this means a fixed ceremony script is used, the ceremony must be held on a weekday (not a public holiday) and my fee is set at $90 (which covers my time and travel.) You are required to repeat specific vows after me. No variations or additions are permitted.
You choose your venue – your home, or that of a friend; a local community hall, cafe, bar or restaurant. Auckland CBD locations are not ideal – traffic, and parking fees, can be problematic. Let’s get you married in the fresh air instead! I can suggest some lovely (free) outdoor spots.
Before the ceremony takes place, I need to see your photo ID. You must bring two people as your official witnesses, and while I don’t need to see their ID, they will record their home address on the legal paperwork after the ceremony.
I deliver the ceremony in spoken English. If either of you, and/or your two witnesses have difficulty understanding English, you must arrange for an interpreter to attend your ceremony and translate my words.
While simple and short, I still deliver these ceremonies with warmth, humour, and kindness.
The maximum number of guests is 20, but you are of course welcome to connect wider family and friends – including those overseas – via Zoom or Facetime, and take as many photos as you like.
If you plan to have a Registry ceremony and hire a professional photographer, videographer, or private professional wedding venue, please let me know in advance. It may be that a personalised ceremony would be more appropriate, and I am happy to discuss this with you.