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Registry Ceremonies

Wanting a straight-forward ceremony at your home or a local spot, with set vows and script? 

As an authorised VCANZ Registry Celebrant,

I can do this for you.

A couple showing their rings following their Registry Wedding officiated by Anna Flanagan Celebrant

Registry Ceremony  ~ $90

All you need to do is organise two witnesses, and your marriage licence ($150), and it will cost just $90 to have me as your celebrant. It couldn’t be easier!

Now that the Christchurch Registry Office (aka court house weddings) is no longer in operation – VCANZ celebrants are the only ones who can officiate this type of ceremony for you.


A Registry Ceremony is not personalised, so making the arrangements should be SIMPLE. In a nutshell: set script, set vows, no frills. Simple!

◾  You (the couple) don’t meet the celebrant prior to the ceremony. You can expect to communicate with your celebrant by email or phone to confirm the date, time, venue, and inclusion of ring exchange. This should be the extent of your contact. Anything more – opt for a Personalised Ceremony.

◾  A registry ceremony is a simple, civil, legal ceremony with a fixed standard script and set vows.

◾  Maximum of 10 guests

◾  Registry ceremonies cannot be booked in advance of the three-month licence period. If you (the couple) wish to do this, you need to book a Personalised Ceremony.


Can I have a photographer or videographer?

Sorry!  They weren’t allowed at the Registry Office or courthouse. You’ll have to opt for a Personalised Ceremony.


Can I have music or a piper?
Sorry, again, not allowed at a Registry. Please choose Personalised Ceremony.

Can I book a wedding venue?
No, sorry.  This is only allowed for Personalised Ceremonies.


Where can I have my Registry Ceremony?

You can have your ceremony in your home, or a public space such as a park or the beach.  The location must be within 10km of your chosen Celebrant.

Location ideas

The following spots are within 10km of me:

  • Anywhere along the beach from Waimairi, New Brighton, right through to South Shore

  • South Shore Spit Reserve

  • Bottle Lake Forest

  • Travis Wetland Nature Reserve (Ōruapaeroa)

  • Woodham Park

  • Edmonds Factory Gardens

  • Horseshoe Lake Reserve

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