7 Questions to Ask Your Marriage Celebrant

Here are 7 questions to ask your Marriage Celebrant:

1. What can we expect to receive from your Marriage Celebrant services?

A. A Wedding Ceremony that is completely tailor made to your wishes, needs and desires – designed uniquely for you.  I will assist with any aspects of the day and provide guidance to you and together we develop your ceremony outline.  Once that is done I will write your ceremony and through consultation with you, perfect all elements.

2. Are there rules about where we can marry?

A. No – but a permit is always required if the Ceremony is to be in a public place, and some councils will charge a fee depending on the location.  Check with the local council of the venue/location for further information.

3. How much will a Wedding ceremony cost?

A. Details can be found in the wedding ceremony costs page.  During your first consultation we discuss this aspect so you have all information up front and no surprises later.

4. Who can be a witness at the Marriage Ceremony?

A. Anyone able to understand what occurs at the ceremony – and importantly the nature of the ceremony. Children can be witnesses, but must be able to demonstrate a full understanding of the nature of the ceremony in court if later required to do so. (The Marriage Act of 1955 does not stipulate a minimum age for witnesses.)

5. Are there different kinds of Marriage Ceremonies?

A. There are 2 types of Ceremonies:
1. Ceremony held by a Registrar of Marriages in a Registry Office
2. Ceremony held by an authorised and registered Marriage Celebrant at a place other than a Registry Office

6. What is involved in getting a Marriage License?

A. 1. Application for a Marriage License is made to the Registrar of Marriages (both parties must be over 16 years of age to be issued with a Marriage License)
2. The Marriage License is issued after 3 days.
3. The Marriage License is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

7. Who has the authority to perform marriages?  How do I know they are authorised?

A. Registered or authorised Celebrants are those persons appointed by the Registrar-General as Marriage Celebrants.  A list of all Celebrants can be found in the List of Marriage Celebrants in the New Zealand Gazette

If you have any other questions to ask your Marriage Celebrant then please get in touch with me for a chat.

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