Religious weddings

8/12/2021 11:21:34 AM

If you're planning a Church of England wedding, you should visit the vicar of the parish where you live. 

If you want to be married in the church of another Christian denomination, or in the church or building of another religion, you must give notice in the same way as for a marriage in a register office or licensed venue. 

View our information about giving notice of marriage.

You must usually live in the district where you plan to marry, unless the building is your usual place of worship.

Changes to Marriage Legislation

New marriage legislation changed the way that a marriage is registered in England and Wales on 4th May 2021.

Couples no longer sign a Marriage Register or receive a Marriage Certificate during the service, instead they will sign a Marriage Schedule/Marriage Document. This is a one-page document which contains the details of each of the couple getting married. It enables the marriage to be registered.  In addition to fathers’ details, details of other parent(s) can be recorded i.e. mother, step-parent.

For couples marrying in Church of England churches

Your Banns of Marriage will be read at your church(es) and the church where you are going to be married will issue a Marriage Document.  This will be checked and signed at your marriage service. It is critical that the Marriage Document is returned to the registration office after the marriage service has taken place so that we can register your wedding. 

The fee for your marriage certificate is no longer paid to the church but instead to the Registration Service. You can order marriage certificates in advance here and these will be sent out to you within 7 working days of receipt of the Marriage Document.

For couples marrying in non-Church of England churches or other religious buildings

The Marriage Schedule will be issued after your notice of marriage appointment and can be collected from our offices or will be sent directly to the place of marriage – the Registrar will advise you about this when you give notice of marriage.  It will be checked and signed at your marriage service. It is critical that the Schedule is returned to the registration office after the marriage service has taken place so that we can register your wedding.  If a Registrar attends your place of worship, they will return the Schedule to the registration office for you.

The fee for your marriage certificate is no longer paid to the place of worship or church but instead to the Registration Service.  Any marriage certificates you have paid for will be sent out within 7 working days of receipt of the Schedule.  If you wish to order additional marriage certificates you can do so here.

Where to bring your Marriage Schedules/Marriage Documents

Beaconsfield Old Town Registration Office, 29 Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2JJ. 

or

Buckinghamshire Register Office, Buckinghamshire Council, Walton Street Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1XF.

 

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