7 Questions to ask your Marriage Celebrant

Working with a celebrant is a two-way relationship. It goes without saying that your marriage celebrant will ask you lots and lots of questions throughout the ceremony process.

On the flip side, what to ask your celebrant? It’s absolutely essential that you have a list of questions to ask your marriage celebrant. At your first enquiry contact it’s important you ask specific questions about their services, their communication, and what you can expect from them when working together. Think of them like marriage celebrant interview questions! Because the celebrant you choose will have such a big impact on your wedding ceremony, so make sure their answers satisfy you.

Here are some questions to ask your marriage celebrant

These are a few questions to ask your celebrant, and my answers so you have some more information.

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 all 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. Also, some councils will charge a fee depending on the location.  So it’s best to 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. However, during your first consultation, we discuss this aspect so you have all the 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. So this means 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 at a Registry Office by a Registrar of Marriages.
2. Ceremony held by a registered marriage celebrant at a place other than a Registry Office.

6. What is involved in getting a marriage license?

A. 1. Complete the application for a marriage license and submit to the Registrar of Marriages (by law both parties must be over 16 years olf to be issued with a Marriage License).
2. The Marriage License is issued 3 days after the application is submitted.
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. All registered marriage celebrants appointed by the Registrar-General can perform marriages. 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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