Registry Offices in New Zealand no longer provide Registry wedding services. Approved marriage celebrants conduct Registry marriage ceremonies in the community.
In March 2020, Registry Offices across New Zealand stopped providing Registrar-led marriage ceremonies. Now, a number of marriage celebrants are approved to conduct Registry marriage ceremonies in their local community. I am proud to provide this service in Mt Eden and neighbouring suburbs including the Auckland CBD.
Celebrant-led Registry ceremonies 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, and my fee is set at $90. You are required to repeat specific vows after me. No variations or additions are permitted.
You can choose your own venue. This may be your home, or that of a friend; a local community hall, cafe, bar or restaurant. If you prefer an outdoor setting, the Band Rotunda in the Auckland Domain is a great choice! I am happy to suggest ceremony locations to you if need be – just ask!
Before the ceremony takes place, I need to see your photographic 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 am still delighted to deliver these ceremonies with my trademark warmth, humour, and kindness, as you can see below. You are welcome to connect wider family and friends – including those overseas – via Zoom or Facetime, and take as many photos as you like. A number of my #RegWedNZ couples have combined simplicity with style and dressed up for the occasion, decorated their venue, or brought flowers, cake and bubbly to share. Others keep everything to bare minimum – the choice, after all, is yours.