Where do you begin?

The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 came into effect on 19 August 2013.

The act enables couples to marry regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

The statutory definition of marriage in the Marriage Act defines marriage as “the union of 2 people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

This means that all couples now have the choice of a Marriage or Civil Union.

So your first decision is whether you wish to have a Marriage or Civil Union …

Information on getting married or having a civil union in New Zealand can be found here.

The Department of Internal Affairs also has a  step-by-step guide to getting married or having a civil union in New Zealand on their site.

This guide is a great place to start, it outlines the process and requirements for both types of ceremony

…you can also check out any questions and answers about the Marriage Amendment Act here

Once you’ve made this decision these links will help to get you underway

… the required paperwork from the Dept of Internal Affairs can be found here for Marriages or  Civil Unions (including paperwork and fees for overseas couples)

You can find a local celebrant or confirm that I am a registered celebrant for Civil Unions and Marriages here .

Remember your relationship is unique so you should celebrate it in a unique way, with a ceremony that is relevant to you…..

Celebrate your day your way.

I am able to conduct both Civil Union and Marriage ceremonies and will help in any way I can to help you through this process.

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.


 Wishing to change the form of your relationship from a Civil Union to a Marriage or vice versa? 

Click on the link CHANGING THE FORM OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP for further information and links