Registry weddings are no longer an option you have when marrying in New Zealand. July 2019 saw the end of non-Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) registry offices offering ceremony services. The Internal Affairs offices in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington and Christchurch will soon stop providing registry weddings. We’ve put together a list of many of the frequently asked questions and answers to help you understand the new changes.
All Your FAQs Answered About Registry Weddings
Here are the most common FAQs about the changes to registry weddings:
- What is a personalised wedding ceremony? For an in-depth explanation, read our article. In short, though, a personalised ceremony lets you write your own vows, decide when and where the ceremony will occur, choose a celebrant of your choice and have more say in what happens during the ceremony..
- How much does a registry style wedding cost? – Currently, the cost is $240.
- Can I write my own vows? No, a registry style wedding has set vows.
- When can I marry at a registry office? You can no longer marry at a registry office.
- How many guests can I have at a registry style wedding? You will need to ask your celebrant.
- Where is my local registry office? Only DIA offices in Auckland, Manukau, Wellington and Christchurch offer onsite registry weddings, which is soon to stop. Outside of these cities, you will work with a local celebrant to decide upon a venue.
- Can same-sex couples marry in a registry style ceremony? Yes, as long as both parties are legally able to marry.
- Can I choose my celebrant? Yes, you can choose your own celebrant. The celebrant though, must be a member of CANZ and have VCANZ endorsement.
- How do I apply for a registry style wedding? The process of application is the same. You apply for a marriage licence online or at your local registry office or online.
For more information about personalised wedding ceremonies, remember to take a look through our Marriage Celebrant advice in our Bridal Tips!