Marriage Schedule System

Marriage Schedule System

On Tuesday 4th May 2021 the way in which weddings are registered will change with the implementation of the Marriage Schedule System. The system will move away from the current paper marriage register to registration in an electronic register.

The changes will apply to all weddings in England and Wales regardless of where the wedding is held (i.e. Register Office, church, religious premise, or approved premise).

Ceremonies at our venues and at approved marriage venues

Marriages in Religious Premises (not Church of England)

Church of England Marriages

 

Ceremonies at our venues and at approved marriage venues

The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Schedule, which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.
  • After the ceremony the information contained in the Schedule will be entered into an electronic register.

 

The Marriage Certificate

Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage. These will be processed in a specified timescale by the Registration Office in business hours for collection/postage in line with the couple’s choice.

 

Parents’ details

The electronic register will allow for the names of up to four parents (mother/father/parent/step-parent) for each partner to be included in the marriage entry and on marriage certificates, instead of only fathers' names as is currently the case.

 

Ceremony choices

The changes outlined above will not affect your ceremony choices so your ceremony can go ahead as planned.

You will be provided with more details at the time you give your notice of marriage. 

 

Marriages in Religious Premises (not Church of England)

The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Schedule which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.
  • The Marriage Schedule will be issued by the Registration Office in the district that the marriage will take place following legal preliminaries. 

 

Parents’ details

The electronic register will allow for the names of up to four parents (mother/father/parent/step-parent) for each partner to be included in the marriage entry and on marriage certificates, instead of only fathers' names as is currently the case.

 

The Marriage Certificate

  • Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage.
  • The relevant person from the Religious Building or their representative will be expected to return the signed schedule to the Register Office in the District where the marriage took place within 21 days.
  • The details of the marriage will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days and only then can a Marriage Certificate be issued.
  • Marriage Certificates will be available from the Register Office service in the area where the marriage took place.

 

You will be provided with more details at the time you give your notice of marriage. 

 

Church of England Marriages

The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Document, which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.
  • The Marriage Document will be issued by the Minister at the Church where the marriage is taking place.

 

Parents’ details

The Document will allow for the names of up to four parents (mother/father/parent/step-parent) for each partner to be included in the marriage entry and on marriage certificates, instead of only fathers' names as is currently the case.

 

The Marriage Certificate

  • Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage.
  • The Minister or their representative will be expected to return the signed Marriage Document to the Register Office in the District where the marriage took place within 21 days.
  • The details of the marriage will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days and only then can a Marriage Certificate be issued.
  • Marriage Certificates will be available from the Register Office service in the area where the marriage took place.

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