Changes to marriage registration law

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act was amended in March 2019 and the changes have been implemented for all ceremonies taking place from 4 May 2021.

The Act provides for the modernisation of marriage registration for the first time since 1837. It removes the need for paper-based registers and introduces a marriage schedule system and a more secure electronic register.

Marriage schedule

Anyone getting married in England or Wales after 4 May 2021 will need a marriage schedule to marry. The procedure for giving notice of marriage remains the same.

The schedule will be printed by the register office in the district where the marriage is taking place.

For marriages taking place in non-religious venues in Hackney or elsewhere registrars will bring the schedule to your ceremony and return it to the register office in that district after your ceremony for registering on the online system.

The main changes couples will see

On the day of your ceremony, you’ll not be invited to sign a marriage register, you’ll instead be invited to sign a marriage schedule which is an A4 document.

The electronic register will allow for the names of more than one parent of the couple to be included in the marriage entry and on marriage certificates including the mother, step-parents etc. Previously only the father was allowed to be named on the marriage certificate.

Importantly, as your marriage needs to be recorded on the legal electronic register, you’ll not receive a copy of your marriage certificate on the day of the ceremony and it will need to be ordered directly from our office (or the office you marry in) after.

Marriages in religious buildings (not Church of England)

For marriages in religious venues in Hackney where a registrar is not attending the schedule will need to be delivered to the officiant (you should contact us to discuss arrangements for this).

If you marry in a religious ceremony, the relevant person from the religious building will need to return the completed, signed marriage schedule to the register office in the area where your marriage took place within 21 days of your marriage.

Once the schedule is received at the register office the details will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days; only then will a marriage certificate be available to order.

Church of England marriages

For Church of England ceremonies in Hackney, the minister will produce a marriage document for you to sign similar to a schedule.

If you marry in a Church of England, the minister will need to return the completed, signed document to the register office in the area where your marriage took place within 21 days of your marriage.

Once the document is received at the register office the details will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days; only then will a marriage certificate be available to order.

More information

If you have any further questions regarding any of the above please contact us using the details below.

Page updated on: 11 May 2021

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