New marriage legislation which came into effect on 4 May 2021 changed the way a marriage is registered
A marriage register is not signed at the ceremony. Instead, you will be asked to sign a one page document which contains all the information required to register the marriage. This document is then used after the ceremony, to create a record in an electronic marriage register.
Paper marriage registers are no longer used by registrars attending civil ceremonies or at ceremonies taking place at churches and places of worship.
The electronic register allows for parents details to be included in the marriage register and on marriage certificates, instead of only fathers’ names which was the case prior to 4 May 2021.
Legal preliminaries have not changed and you are still required to give notice of marriage or if marrying in Church of England have banns read.
After preliminaries have been completed the marriage schedule or marriage document will be produced, ready for signing at the ceremony.
You can find out more information on the link below about legal preliminaries and giving notice of marriage -
Information on the Marriage Schedule
A Marriage Schedule will include the details of each person getting married -
- name and surname
- date of birth
- condition (if you are single or have previously been married)
We can record your mother, father or parents details on the Marriage Schedule and these will also be recorded in the marriage register. Stepparents can be recorded if they are or have been married to one of your parents. You will have the opportunity to provide this information when completing legal preliminaries. It is important to think carefully about the details you want to be recorded and also the order you want them to be recorded in. If this information is not provided as part of your legal preliminaries, you can ask for the information to be added on the day of your ceremony
At the end of the ceremony, you will be asked to check that the details contained on the marriage schedule are accurate, including the spellings of names. Once checked you, your witnesses and the officials will sign the document. As there is no longer a paper marriage register this is the only document you will be required to sign. It is important to check the document carefully, errors identified after the document has been signed can be difficult to change and may incur additional fees.
You will need to have a minimum of two witnesses but can have up to a maximum of six. Witnesses will sign the schedule and the names of those who signed will be recorded in the marriage register and will be shown on your marriage certificate.
You will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of your ceremony, a marriage certificate can only be produced after the information has been recorded on to the electronic marriage register.
Further information can be found using the link below -
The Wilson Centre
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Telephone - 01482 300 300
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