Bay of Islands Wedding Celebrants, New Zealand
Bay of Islands Wedding Celebrants


Bay of Islands Wedding Celebrants, New Zealand

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Your Wedding Ceremony

Many couples today are choosing to have a non-religious wedding ceremony, but this does not mean that the wording is any less meaningful or that the ceremony can't be traditional in its implementation.

We offer a comfortable, informal wedding service but we can also follow more formal ceremonies with their traditional etiquette if you wish.

We will support your wishes and values and will give you guidance in crafting your wedding ceremony to create one which is memorable and personal to you.

After you have confirmed your wish use our services we will provide you with an information pack which includes our book of wedding ceremonies and readings presented in different sections so that you can choose from the different sections those parts which have the most meaning to them.

Finally we arrange these into the finished ceremony which will be performed for your wedding and provide an attractively printed booklet of it for you to keep as a memento of the day.

 

Wedding ceremony in the Bay of Islands

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Finally we arrange these into the finished ceremony which will be performed for your wedding and provide an attractively printed booklet of it for you to keep as a memento of the day.

What happens at a marriage ceremony?

In New Zealand there is no legal set form for the ceremony, but the following elements must be included:

  • You must marry at one of the places stated on the Marriage Licence, and before the licence expires.

  • The marriage must be solemnised by either a Marriage Celebrant or a Registrar of Marriages.

  • The marriage must be performed in the presence of at least two other witnesses. Witnesses may be any family member or friend. It is not essential for witnesses to be adults, but they must be of an age to understand the significance of the part they are undertaking in the witnessing and recording of the marriage. We can provide witnesses for a couple if they are on their own.

  • Each party must say the words, “I (AB), take you (CD), to be my legal wife/husband” – or words to similar effect.

  • The full names of the bride and bridegroom – as they appear on the Marriage Licence – must be used at some point in the ceremony to clearly identify the bride and bridegroom. Abbreviations and nicknames may then be used in other parts of the ceremony.

  • The couple, the celebrant and the two witnesses must all sign both copies of the Copy of Particulars of Marriage.

If you would like further information please contact us with any questions you may have or if you would like to discuss arranging your ceremony.