Le­gal Mat­ters

Here, all the nuts and bolts to know, be­fore say­ing “I do”.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Editor’s Letter -


There are two ways you can get mar­ried. The first op­tion is the most pop­u­lar: you get mar­ried with a reg­is­tered cel­e­brant. With this op­tion, you can per­son­alise your vows, align your wed­ding with your re­li­gion and choose when and where you get mar­ried – any­where from a beach, to a restau­rant, to a tem­ple. Al­ter­na­tively, you can say “I do” at the lo­cal reg­istry of­fice. With this op­tion, your big day will be held dur­ing stan­dard of­fice hours in a non- cus­tomis­able cer­e­mony.


This has to be done be­tween three months and three work­ing days be­fore you want to ex­change vows. It costs $150, and you have to know who your cel­e­brant will be, and where you’ll be get­ting mar­ried. If you’re get­ting mar­ried out­side (on a beach, for ex­am­ple), it could be wise to list a backup venue in case fac­tors such as the weather make this im­pos­si­ble. You can ap­ply for your mar­riage li­cence on­line at govt.nz, but one of you must sign the ap­pli­ca­tion in front of your lo­cal Regis­trar of Mar­riages (prob­a­bly found at your lo­cal dis­trict court).


A mar­riage li­cence takes three days to be is­sued. You can pick up or be sent the li­cence (de­pend­ing on your pref­er­ence) plus two copies of the Copy of Par­tic­u­lars (doc­u­ments you have to sign dur­ing the cer­e­mony). Hand over all three of these doc­u­ments to your cel­e­brant be­fore you walk down the aisle.


Wher­ever you get mar­ried, there have to be at least two wit­nesses in at­ten­dance who can sign the doc­u­ments and at­test to your new­ly­wed sta­tus. Ad­di­tion­ally, your vows have to in­clude “I [name] take you [part­ner’s name], to be my le­gal[wife/ hus­band/part­ner]” (or some­thing sim­i­lar) at some point in the cer­e­mony.


You can or­der a mar­riage cer­tifi­cate by fill­ing out the form on the back of the Copy of Par­tic­u­lars. It’ll be posted to you af­ter the mar­riage has been reg­is­tered, and costs $ 33.


When you get mar­ried you can keep your name the same, or al­ter­na­tively, there are nu­mer­ous op­tions for chang­ing it: you can change your sur­name to your part­ner’s, your part­ner can change their sur­name to yours, or you can both change your names to hy­phen­ated or com­bined ver­sions of both names. In terms of lo­gis­tics, there isn’t too much you have to do. You’ll sim­ply be sent a form to up­date your de­tails on the elec­toral role, and will also have to ap­ply for a new driver’s li­cence and up­dated pass­port.


Most over­seas mar­riages are valid in New Zealand, and your mar­riage will be reg­is­tered in the coun­try it takes place – there’s noth­ing you need to do here. You’ll need to check the coun­try’s guide­lines care­fully though – some re­quire you to re­side in the coun­try for a month prior to ex­chang­ing vows. This may mean it’s eas­ier to say “I do” at home, and sim­ply have a bless­ing over­seas, in­stead of an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony. W

The Lang­ham, Auck­land has long been a much-loved sta­ple in the Auck­land ac­com­mo­da­tion and event scene: known for its im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice, cen­tral lo­ca­tion and fi nesse with ev­ery­thing events, it’s a nat­u­ral choice when pro­fes­sion­al­ism, style and grandeur are the or­der of the day. But now, a new chap­ter in its story, and a new name to go with it: Cordis – the lat­est in­car­na­tion of The Lang­ham Hos­pi­tal­ity Group.

Cordis is a new gen­er­a­tion of cu­rated ho­tels, with ser­vice and so­phis­ti­ca­tion at their core. Where events are con­cerned, Cordis is mak­ing a name for it­self as the nat­u­ral choice for wed­dings.

Like The Lang­ham, Cordis’ vibe is pre­mium and pol­ished. The ca­pa­bil­i­ties are broad, with spa­ces al­low­ing for cel­e­bra­tions from the in­ti­mate, cosy sit- down din­ner for 50, to the grand 860-per­son ex­trav­a­ganza.

Cu­rated wed­ding pack­ages give an ex­tra dose of magic to Cordis’ of­fer­ing. The ho­tel has part­nered with Swarovski to of­fer cou­ples an ex­pe­ri­ence above and be­yond the norm: think take-home crys­tal cham­pagne flutes, plus twin­kling di­a­mond scat­ters at the bridal ta­ble.

Priced from $129 per per­son, Cordis’ three wed­ding pack­ages – ‘De­voted to You’, ‘Dreams Come True’ and ‘Swarovski Sparkle’ – are clearcut and easy to un­der­stand. All ad­here to a ba­sic struc­ture which in­cludes a three­course re­cep­tion din­ner, a dressed event space, a ded­i­cated event man­ager, and ac­com­mo­da­tion. The ex­pe­ri­ence is cus­tomis­able de­pend­ing on the re­quire­ments of cou­ples who choose to cel­e­brate with the new­est jewel in Auck­land’s crown.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Cordis wed­dings and pric­ing, visit cordisho­tels.com/auck­land or email cdakl.events@cordisho­tels.com.

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