Marriage in New Zealand

Marriage in New Zealand

It’s very easy to understand why international visitors want to have their marriage in New Zealand. New Zealand is renowned as a wonderful holiday destination. This is because of its breath taking scenery, adventure lifestyle and its clean, green reputation. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the most important and romantic day of their lives by having their marriage in New Zealand.

From wedding location and venue suggestions in Auckland to assisting with applying for a New Zealand Marriage License – Auckland Celebrant can provide you with as much support and information as you need. Working with Auckland Celebrant means a marriage in New Zealand is stress free!.  Your personalised opposite sex or same sex wedding ceremony is created in collaboration with you and tailored to your requirements to ensure the ceremony is perfect.

Two definitions for “overseas couples” and the process to apply for a New Zealand Marriage License (Notice of Intended Marriage) is for both:

  • Couples who are not New Zealand citizens or residents and want to travel here to have their marriage in New Zealand.
  • Expats who are New Zealand Citizens or Residents and returning home to marry in New Zealand.

Marriage in New Zealand for Overseas Couples

1. Apply for a New Zealand Marriage License

When both parties are residents outside of New Zealand, the bride or groom needs to apply for a Marriage License by completing a Notice of Intended Marriage Where Parties Ordinarily Resident Outside New Zealand (BDM58).

2. New Zealand Marriage License Cost

The cost of a New Zealand Marriage License is NZD$122.60 and is payable when you submit your license for marriage notice. Payments can be made overseas in New Zealand dollars by bank draft or bank cheque. The cheque is to be made out to the Registry office closest to the wedding venue.

3. Submit Notice

Send the marriage notice (including the cost for the license for marriage) to the Registry Office nearest to the wedding venue. Ensure the application form includes the Marriage Celebrant’s full name.  This form must reach the Registrar at least a week before the wedding ceremony date.

International visitors from Commonwealth nations have the option to sign and submit the statutory declaration before leaving their home country.  Note: This can only be done in front of a Commonwealth Representative (i.e. an authorised Diplomatic or Consular Officer).

4. Statutory Declaration

On arrival in New Zealand the bride, groom or both need to visit the Registrar of Marriages to sign the statutory declaration in person. (Only If they didn’t sign the in their home country, see point above.)

5. Collect License for Marriage

Three days after completing the statutory declaration the license for marriage and two copies of the Copy of Particulars of Marriage is available to collect. The License for Marriage is then valid for three months only.

6. Signed New Zealand Marriage License

At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony the couple is presented with a signed copy of the “Copy of Particulars of Marriage”, and the Marriage Celebrant returns the other signed copy to the Registrar of Marriages that issued the license.


Contact me if you are thinking of having your marriage in New Zealand.  Let’s talk about your ideas and how we can make your wedding day perfect.

I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Dear Glenys,

    I apologize for the short notice but due to what seems like an unexpected frosty idea to our marriage, we have decided to bring forward our wedding to next January when we come back to visit family in summer.

    We are a Kiwi\Italian couple, having been together for just over 11 years and would like to finally tie the knot. Due to the family situation, we have been a bit put off by a big event and decided to keep it a strictly private affair and given most of our friends are all here in Italy we will have a party when we return home.

    I would firstly like to know if you are interested and free to preform a simple yet meaningful wedding without any fuss at your home on the morning of the 9th of Jan 2018 or 8th in the afternoon? Secondly, could you give us a rough idea of the cost. I would prefer something short, simple but with that touch of personalization for a gay couple and our witnesses.

    Thank you very much for your time and help.


    Clinton and Oscar

    • Dear Clinton and Oscar,

      I thank you for your enquiry. I am available on the 8th and 9th January next year and I would love to be your Celebrant. My fee for an international wedding ceremony is $350 inclusive.

      You will be able to lodge your application for your Marriage License by email, uplift on your arrival in Auckland and be married immediately.

      Please do come back with any further questions.


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