Changes to marriage legislation
The way that marriages are registered changed from 4 May 2021. The process moved away from the paper register and was replaced by a new marriage schedule system and electronic register.
What are the main changes?
- A marriage schedule must be completed and signed by the couple, their witnesses and the Superintendent Registrar and Registrar (or Minister) officiating on the day.
- On the marriage schedule you will be able to record more than one person as mother/ father/ parent.
- No certificates will be provided at the ceremony.
How will the marriage be registered?
- If you are getting married in a religious building without the presence of a Civil Registrar, the marriage schedule will need to be returned to the Local Registration Service within 21 days.
- This will be done by the Civil Registrar if they are present at your religious ceremony.
- Once the schedule has been received, your marriage will be registered within seven working days.
How will you receive your certificate?
- Marriage certificates cost £11 each.
- If you are getting married in a religious venue, please pre-order your certificate(s) online up to two weeks before your ceremony.
- If you are due to get married or have a civil partnership at one of our registration offices or other civil venues, please contact the Customer Services Centre.
- Please remember that marriage certificates cannot be issued until the marriage schedule has been received and registered, and a payment has been received.