Marriage Ceremony leading to “legal wife/husband”- DIA explanation and definitions

Marriage Ceremony

There are two types of marriage ceremony:

  • [“A marriage is the formalisation of a relationship between a man and a woman, in accordance with the Marriage Act 1955” – DIA]. A ceremony solemnised by a Registrar of Marriages in a Registry Office. Registry Office ceremonies are not open to the public; and
  • A ceremony solemnised by an authorised Marriage Celebrant at a place other than a Registry Office. There is no legal requirement that a ceremony before a marriage celebrant be open to the public.

Registry Office ceremonies take place during normal office hours, but you can have a marriage celebrant perform your marriage ceremony at any time, on any day of the week.
During the ceremony before a marriage celebrant, and before at least two witnesses, each party must say the words “I AB, take you CD, to be my legal wife/husband” or words to similar effect.
If having a Registry Office ceremony before a Registrar of Marriages, and before at least two witnesses, each party must say the words “I AB, take you CD, to be my legal wife/husband”. Please be aware if you are considering having a Registry Office ceremony, that they are standardised to meet the legislative requirements of getting married, which includes standard marriage vows.

Sourced 5 August 2013

http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Services-Births-Deaths-and-Marriages-How-to-Get-a-Marriage-Licence#one

Registry Office Ceremony Marriage Vows

Following the Declaration of the Vows ….

The Registrar will then ensure the following details on the Copy of Particulars of Marriage
are completed:

Bride [female] and Groom [male] signatures.
The Registrar of Marriages will print their name and sign.

http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/RegistryOfficeCeremonyMarriageVows.pdf/$file/RegistryOfficeCeremonyMarriageVows.pdf

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