Becoming a Celebrant in New Zealand

Those interested in becoming a Celebrant in New Zealand express their interest by sending in a written application to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Details to include in the application:  

  • Your name

  • Phone number

  • Postal address

  • Email address

  • If you belong to a church or organisation, it's name; or

  • If you wish to be an independent celebrant (a person appointed solely on the basis of community service and independent from a church or religious organisation); and

  • Any other relevant details that you wish to include

Appoints tend to be on the basis of need, so include in your application your reason for believing that an additional celebrant is required in your locality.

Celebrancy applications are responded to with a letter from the Registrar. As part of the appointment process the Registrar may set up an interview with  you.

There is no charge for the application to become a Civil Marriage Celebrant. The Registrar also points out that being a Justice of the Peace, or complete a Certificate of Celebrancy Studies does not automatically entitle the application to be appointed as a Marriage Celebrant.

Further information on the celebrant appointment process can be found on their New Zealand Government website. 



Site Map

Planning a Wedding

Planning a Honeymoon


About Marriage Celebrants

Marriage Celebrants Associations

Becoming a Celebrant

Celebrant's Role 

Celebrant's Code of Practice

About New Zealand Celebrants


OPD 2015 for Australian Celebrants
OPD 2015 international College of Celebrancy

OPD 2015 Topics for Gordon TAFE

OPD 2015 Topics for AssentTECS

OPD 2015 Topics for Australian Celebrations Training


New Zealand Celebrants

Celebrants Association

Celebrants Courses

Ceremonies in New Zealand


Recommended Sites
Civil Marriage Celebrant, Vlady M Peters

Better Honeymoon


Celebrant Trainers USA
Celebrant Foundation & Institute

Celebrant Foundation and Celebrancy

Celebrant Foundation Wedding Courses

Celebrant Foundation Funeral Courses

Celebrant Foundation Family Course


Funeral Trainers
Courses for Funeral Celebrants


Useful Information for Marriage Celebrants



Celebrant Resources - Books
Wedding Ceremony Resource Book

Naming Ceremony Resource Book

Vows Renewal Book

Commitment Vows Book

Funeral Ceremony Resource Book

House Blessing & Dedication 

What Every Celebrant Should Know

20 Complete Wedding Ceremonies

24 Complete Ceremonies (8 Renewal of Vows, 8 Naming Ceremonies, 8 Commitment Ceremonies)

600 Readings for Wedding, Baby Naming, Funeral and House Blessing

How to be a Profitable Celebrant

You Can be a Successful Officiant

1,000+ Answers to Your wedding Questions

Wedding Your Way

Celebrating Love's Special Moments

Honeymoon! A Sizzle or a Fizzle


Celebrant Resources - Certificates

25 Different Marriage Vows Renewal Certificates     

25 Different Commitment of Vows Certificates

25 Naming Certificates for the Baby

25 Naming Certificates for Naming Ceremony Participants

25 Naming Certificates for the Relatives of the Baby

17 Baby Naming Certificates with a Toy Theme

17 Baby Naming Certificates with a Fairy Theme

17 Baby Naming Certificates with a Baby Angels Theme

17 Baby Naming Certificates with Rocking Horse Theme

12  Baby Naming Horoscope Certificates with Scroll Theme

12 Baby Naming Horoscope Certificates with Star Sign Theme

12 Horoscope Certificates with Sleeping Baby Theme 

12 Baby Naming Horoscope Certificates with Starry Sky Theme


Books and Certificates
Celebrant Books and Certificates Index

Books and Certificates Order Form


Sample Ceremonies

Sample Ceremonies Index

Wedding Ceremony

Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Commitment Ceremony

Naming Ceremony