During the first meeting we will cover the following things
Getting to know one another.
- This gives us the opportunity to decide if we wish to turn your dreams into reality together for your special day.
- It is important, that you feel at ease and confident, as we will be creating moments that will turn into memories, to be treasured for a lifetime.
- First 1/2 hour meeting free of obligation and charge.
Once established that you wish me to officiate at your wedding day.
- Deposit $200NZD non-refundable secures your special day.
·We will then start to discuss your wishes, thoughts, dreams & expectations.
Any key information, stories you feel are important to share.
- This information and stories, will be the beginning of how I craft your personalised wedding. We are all individuals, and your wedding will reflect your individuality, as I weave your stories together.
- I will then send you examples of vows based on what we have discussed and from there we can tailor your ceremony and your vows to exactly suit your wishes. I can also send you examples of readings and poems that may be suitable for inclusion in your ceremony.
To do list
- At the close of the meeting, I will leave you with item’s to think about, together and individually. plus information to gather.
Once the ceremony is taken care of, I will guide you through the application for your Marriage License .
The Marriage Act 1955 requires that during the solemnisation of a marriage, each party shall say to each other
“I ...... ......, take you, ...... ..... to be by legal husband (wife), or words to similar effect.
Your full names, as they appear on the marriage licence, must be used at least once at some point in the ceremony.
The marriage must take place at the place/s described on the licence.
A registered celebrant must officiate the marriage.
Two witnesses must be present during the ceremony and be able to sign the marriage forms.
The bride signs the Particulars of Marriage forms in the name that is printed on the top of the form (which will be either her birth/maiden name, or her previous married name).
FYI: Important day in history 17 April 2013
The New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill.
From the end of August 2013 same sex and transgender couples will be able to marry.
Your Marriage Licence (NZ Based Couples)
New Zealand has a very easy and quick structure in place for the application and issue of a marriage licence. The Department of Internal Affairs; Births Deaths and Marriages is responsible for the issuing of licences.
Applying for a Marriage Licence
The application form is called a Notice of Intended Marriage (BDM60) and can be downloaded from the website, I can give you a copy, or you can get one from your local BDM office. To find your nearest office ring BDM on 0800 22 77 77.
It takes three working days to process an application, and your Marriage Licence is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Note: If you are holding your marriage ceremony in a public place it is advisable to get “permission” from the local Council.
On Your Wedding Day after you have exchanged your marriage vows you sign the two Copy of Particulars of Marriage forms that were issued with your licence (BDM45 andBDM45A). The BDM45A is your copy, and is a legal document that proves you are married and can legally use your spouse’s name (or a combination of your names).
The BDM45 is posted to the BDM office by your celebrant so that your marriage is legally registered in New Zealand.
However, if you are from overseas, may be going to live overseas, or think you should have more official proof of your marriage you will need to apply for a Certificate of Marriage (BDM93M) from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
A Certificate of Marriage
The form you sign on the day of your marriage is not a certificate. It is the witnessed document of your marriage. In most cases in New Zealand, this is sufficient proof of your marriage for all occasions.
To apply for a Marriage Certificate you can download the application form (BDM93M) from the website when you apply for your marriage licence.
You cannot apply for a Certificate until you have been married. Note that it takes approximately 10 days for your marriage to be registered in Wellington and until this is completed your certificate cannot be processed.
Second Planning Meeting
At this time we will go over items from the to do list, the crafting of the ceremony,
special requirements, the weaving of your unique heartfelt vows.
Progress of legal documentation.
1 to 2 weeks prior to your Wedding day.
Rehearsal at the venue.
Full wedding party & special guests performing readings/songs etc to be in attendance.
- It is important to have a rehearsal ensuring the full wedding party plus anyone performing readings attend.
- This helps everyone to relax and enjoy your special Wedding day.
- Opportunity to iron out any last minute questions.
The day has arrived everyone is bubbling over with excitement
Let's relax and enjoy the day, knowing our preparation together has been thorough, ensuring your day...
- Proceeds smoothly
- Is absolutely beautiful
- Is heartfelt
- Deeply meaningful
My promise to you both:
- To arrive at the venue 1 hour prior to wedding.
- Checking the venue is prepared, as per the guidelines you have planned.
- Any uninvited people are advise that a wedding is about to take place, then requested to be respectful.
- Music and sound system are functioning, as tested at the rehearsal.
- Groom, best man and groomsmen have everything in order and are at ease.
- Met & greet key guests and the MC.
- Ensure guests gather close prior to the brides arrival.
Let the day unfold as practiced at the rehearsal..
After the formal ceremony, I will enjoy the moment with yourself and your guests for approximately 30 minutes.
Then discreetly gather my items and depart leaving you all to continue with the celebrations.
"SOMETIMES THINGS DO NOT GO AS PLANNED, AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE UNEXPECTED THINGS MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY BETTER AND MORE MEMORABLE IN A POSITIVE LIGHT"