Marriage schedule system

The Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act 2019

The Act will modernise how marriages are registered for the first time since 1837, through implementation of a marriage schedule system and registration in an electronic register. It will move away from the current paper register creating a more secure system for keeping marriage records, that is also more efficient and far simpler to administer and amend, if necessary, in the future.

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

This will be implemented from 4 May 2021.

What will change?

Ceremonies at our venues and approved marriage and civil partnership venues

  • Couples will no longer sign a marriage register or be given a Marriage Certificate during the ceremony, instead they will sign a Marriage Schedule.  This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.
  • Couples will have the option to include up to 4x parents in the schedule and subsequently their marriage certificate i.e. mother, father, parent, step-parent.
  • Couples will not receive marriage certificates on the day of the marriage.  Once the details of the marriage have been entered into the electronic register a marriage certificate will be posted to the couple within 7 days of the ceremony where this has been pre-paid.
  • Further certificates can be ordered online.

Marriages in Religious Buildings (not Church of England)

  • Couples will no longer sign a marriage register or be given a Marriage Certificate during the ceremony, instead they will sign a Marriage Schedule.  This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.  The Marriage Schedule will be issued by the Registration Office in the district that the marriage will take place following legal preliminaries. Giving notice of marriage.
  • Couples will have the option to include up to 4x parents in the schedule and subsequently their marriage certificate i.e. mother, father, parent, step-parent.
  • Couples will not receive marriage certificates 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 registration service in the area where the marriage took place. You can order marriage certificates online

Church of England Marriages

  • Couples will no longer sign a marriage register or be given a Marriage Certificate during the ceremony, instead they will sign a Marriage Document.  This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.  The Marriage Document will be issued by the Minister at the Church where the marriage is taking place.
  • The Marriage Document is a one page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.
  • Couples will have the option to include up to 4x parents in the schedule and subsequently their marriage certificate i.e. mother, father, parent, step-parent.
  • Couples will not receive marriage certificates 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 registration service in the area where the marriage took place. You can order marriage certificates online