Three months out from your wedding day, apply for your NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MARRY via your local Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This department is very helpful and you can contact them on 0800 22 5252. Visit the web site too, www.dia.govt.nz for a range of forms. Be mindful of statutory holidays and the need to collect your wedding licences well before 5pm on the last working day before your wedding day. I prefer to have these documents at your rehearsal. For beach and park weddings talk to the local authority involved (eg, Tauranga City Council, Thames Hauraki District Council) for permission (in case of double bookings) and for a temporary permit to serve celebratory drinks in the great outdoors.
There’s more! I will give you some basic tips on things such as the theme of your wedding, the fact that the bride signs the marriage licence in her maiden name, who your two witnesses might be, special readings during your ceremony, how to make sure that you get and keep your copy of your marriage licence on your wedding day (you will need this to accompany the bride’s passport if flying overseas for your honeymoon), who your MC is likely to be, witnesses, venue, photography, dress, hair, nails, suit hire, cake, photography, budget planning, guest seating, check list and countdown – and a contingency plan for outdoor weddings that might end up in the rain! Make sure that the parents of each of you meet and know each other very early on – that’s the key to some great planning co-operation for your wedding day. My role is to cover off your ceremony ensuring all the legal aspects are taken care of.