Legal Requirements

What are the requirements of getting married in New Zealand?

  • Currently not married
  • At least 16 years old (parental consent is required if either party is under 18 years old)
  • Not related (not even by adoption or in-laws)


How do we apply for a New Zealand marriage licence?

Couples from abroad are required to complete the application form BDM58 and couples who ordinarily resident in NZ the “Notice of intended Marriage” BDM60. These forms can be downloaded from the Department of Internal Affairs website.
The form is submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs where the Registrar of Marriages requires 3 full working days to issue the marriage licence.


Is it possible for overseas couples to apply for a marriage licence from their home country?

Yes it is, please contact us for guidance through this process.


Do we require international birth certificates?

No, at present the Department of Internal Affairs does not require an international birth certificates.


I am divorced / widowed, what do we have to consider?

Should one or both of the couples be divorced or widowed, the divorce decree or the death certificate with an official English translation must be attached to the marriage licence application form. 


What is required to legalise the marriage in our home country? 

Most Countries require:

• An official Marriage Certificate

• A legal translation of the NZ Marriage Certificate to be authenticated with an Apostille

We can take care of all legal formalities. After the legalisation, we will post the marriage documents by express courier to the home country of the newly wed couple.

Ceremonies & Locations

What sort of marriage ceremonies are there?

There are two kinds of ceremony. One is a civil ceremony held by a Registrar of Marriages in a Registry Office. The other is a ceremony held by an appointed Marriage Celebrant (including ministers of religion) at any other place (including places of worship)


When and where can a marriage ceremony take place?

In principle you can have a Marriage Celebrant marry you on any day and at any time upon which you and the celebrant agree.  Visit our locations page to see some of the wonderfully diverse places we recommend. 


Do we need witnesses?

Yes, under the New Zealand law, two witnesses must be present at the marriage ceremony. Angelika can provide witnesses if none are available.


How much does it cost to get married in New Zealand?

The price depends on the services the couple requests. Please get in touch with us. We will be pleased to provide you with a quote for your own personal marriage ceremony.

To make a booking with us we ask for a non-refundable deposit of NZ $300 when assigned to start organising your wedding. This charge will be offset against the final fee.