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.

“You are such a lovely person, everyone loved the ceremony because of you. I was very nervous, however, the way you talked to me made me relaxed, and I could trust you the whole time.”
I & G, July 2020
Thank you again for being our celebrant – it was a very special occasion for us in this very special moment. We will come back to you once we can have a nice and big wedding ceremony when this whole Covid craziness has gone past us.
J & C, August 2020
The icing on the cake! Mel was a calming influence on our special day due to her exceptional professional manner, but she marries that with the perfect balance of wit and humour. She is an excellent public speaker and comes very well prepared. Book now before your special day gets reserved by another lucky couple.”
N & K, July 2020
“It was like we all felt the joy and the love in the world in that moment. It was all so authentic, natural and organic. Although we changed our wedding plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our wedding was everything we could have hoped for and more.”
M & P, July 2020