A celebrant is required for all marriages aside from those officiated at the registry office.
Celebrants are appointed by the registrar in New Zealand and are responsible for making your marriage legally acknowledged. We ensure that you complete all of the necessary steps to make you marriage legal. There are very few things that are legally required in order for you to be married but it is important they are done correctly to avoid any disruptions or further costs.
HOW DO WE SECURE YOU AS OUR CELEBRANT?
To start, call or email me. Initially I like to meet couples to discuss plans and ensure you are happy for me to be your celebrant (this could be done in person or via Skype/Facetime) If you are happy to proceed, all you need to do is provide a deposit in order to secure your date with me!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
Because Queenstown is a wedding hot spot, I always recommend booking as soon as possible. If you have left it a little late, please don't hesitate to get in touch in the chances that I am still free!
HOW DO WE Actually GET MARRIED?
In order to get married, you need to apply for a New Zealand Marriage License. This can be done online at the government website. -After applying and paying online, you will need to head in to your nominated court to sign the declaration. The papers will be ready three days after you sign the declaration. Be sure to read the instructions on the website and apply appropriately to your situation. If you have any questions or concerns about applying got your marriage license, feel free to contact me.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Prices will vary for each wedding depending on where it is and how much involvement you want from me. Contact me with the details of your wedding to get a quote.
WHAT DOES YOUR CHARGE COVER?
- A unique and personal ceremony written just for you. - Assistance with the legal stuff so you have more time to enjoy yourselves! - The ceremony rehearsal. - Advice and suggestions for other aspects of you wedding (I know some people!) - For elopements (just the two of you!) I can also arrange witnesses to fill the gaps in the paperwork.
As your celebrant I am on hand to provide my help and knowledge whenever you need it.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY YOUR FEE?
The cost of the New Zealand Marriage License is NOT covered by my fee. Currently the cost is NZ$150 and I am more than happy to help you with the application process.
If you would like a marriage certificate this can also be purchased online.
There really are waaaaaaay too many questions that I could answer here, but nobody got time for that! If you still have some questions burning on your mind send me an email!