New Zealand Law Society - Registry-style weddings can be held at home from 1 July

Registry-style weddings can be held at home from 1 July

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The Department of Internal Affairs has created a new online process for registry-style weddings.

From 1 July, couples that live outside the biggest cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will no longer have to head down to their local Courthouse or Council for a registry-style wedding. The DIA says they'll be able to do it at home and book the whole process online.

"Our marriage services website has a list of validated celebrants across New Zealand, so you can find the celebrant who’s perfect for you. You can arrange with your celebrant to have your ceremony at home or a special location, or your celebrant may be able to provide a location for you," Registrar-General Births, Deaths and Marriages, Jeff Montgomery says.

The change has come about because he says people have become accustomed to services, information and products being available online, anywhere, anytime.

Registry ceremonies will still be held at four of the Department of Internal Affairs’ sites, located in Auckland, Wellington, Manukau and Christchurch.