The way marriages are registered in England and Wales changed on 4 May 2021.
Marriage Schedules have now replaced Marriage Registers. Previously issued Certificates for Marriage (one each) has now been replaced by a single Marriage Schedule per couple.
About Marriage Schedules
A Marriage Schedule is a pre-printed A4 document that has the details of the marriage on it. The couple and the witnesses sign this document at the ceremony.
Getting married from 4 May 2021
The key changes taking place from 4 May 2021 are:
- Marriage Schedules have now replaced Marriage Registers
- You will need a Marriage Schedule in order to have a ceremony
- The district of marriage will issue the Marriage Schedule rather than the place where you gave Notice of Marriage
- Certificates for Marriage (also known as 'the blues') cannot be used to conduct a marriage ceremony from 4 May 2021 onwards
- Up to 4 parents' details can be recorded, including mothers for the first time, on the marriage entry
- Marriage certificates will be printed rather than handwritten. They will be issued after the ceremony and not at the time of the ceremony. Please take this into account if you are planning to travel straight after the ceremony
Your Notice of Marriage remains valid for one year from the date notice was given. There is no need to give notice again to obtain a Marriage Schedule.
If you already have Certificates for Marriage for a ceremony from 4 May 2021 in a place of worship, you will need to make arrangements with the register office in the area of marriage to replace the 2 Certificates for Marriage with a single Marriage Schedule.
The Marriage Schedule cannot be issued until 4 May 2021.
If you need a Marriage Schedule - places of worship
If you need a Marriage Schedule for a place of worship ceremony in Haringey please email your full names and contact details including a phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then make arrangements to supply you with a Marriage Schedule after 4 May 2021.
If a civil wedding is going to take place (no religion) and you have already given Notice of Marriage, the register office in the district of marriage will take care of everything and replace the Certificates for Marriage with a Marriage Schedule without you having to do anything.
Information for places of worship
The General Register Office is publishing information and training for places of worship and the Clergy. GRO also publishes Authorised Person newsletters - GOV.UK (external link) and a GRO leaflet for the Clergy (PDF 267KB).
There is more information on the LRSA website (external link).
From 4 May 2021 places of worship will need to return their Marriage Register to the register office. We will contact places of worship in Haringey so that the return of registers and the replacement of Certificates for Marriage with Marriage Schedules is properly planned.
To find out more, please read the General Register Office's guidance:
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