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Thank you for choosing Marry Me in Central Otago to officiate your special day. We are here to help you however we can and to start you on your way we have listed some things that might come in handy.

Legal Requirements

How to get married in New Zealand- all the legal requirements necessary to get married in New Zealand

Marriage Certificate- Straight after the ceremony, your celebrant will ask you to sign two copies of the Copy of Particulars form — one for you to keep and one they'll send to Births, Deaths and Marriages so your marriage can be registered. You can order a marriage certificate from Birth, Deaths and Marriages after your marriage has been registered.  You can now complete the legal formalities required for your wedding day, online.

Planning Your Wedding Day

What you need to do.....

  • Set a date, plan your wedding, choose a celebrant- the fun stuff!

  • Complete your marriage licence application and order your marriage certificate

  • Pay the marriage license and certificate fees

  • Visit a registry office to make a statutory declaration

  • Get your marriage licence and two copies of the Copy of Particulars


  • Your celebrant will send 1 Copy of Particulars to the Department of Internal Affairs to register your marriage. You keep the other one

  • Your marriage certificate will be sent to you once the Deptartment of Internal Affairs has registered your marriage


Central Otago is a beautiful and unique area of the world. We are well known for our settled warm weather in the summer and cold crisp winters, not to mention the truly amazing Autumn colours from the vineyards and orchards in the area. We have many vineyards that are happy to host weddings as well as many local landmarks.

Central Otago Country Weddings


Rippon Hall

Wild Earth 


With our fabulous climate, Central Otago is a perfect location to grow amazing fruit, wine and other produce. This makes choosing caterers a little difficult because you are spoilt for choice.

Moreish Kitchen

The Little Platter Company


Bridal Couture




Shannon Thomson- Wild Creative

 Julia Grey- Julia Grey Creative