Getting married

Changes to marriage registrations from 4 May 2021

From 4 May 2021, you'll no longer sign a marriage register or be given a marriage certificate during the ceremony, instead you'll 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.

After your ceremony has taken place the registration officer will keep the signed Marriage Schedule and return it to the register office to add the details onto the electronic register, as soon as possible. Your certificate will be posted out or you can arrange to collect it within 7 days. If your ceremony took place in a religious building, other than a Church of England building, you will need to apply for any copy certificates you need. You can learn more on our copy certificate webpage.

Each person is still required by law to give a notice of marriage and the marriage ceremony will remain the same, it's only the way in which a marriage is registered that will change.

3. Civil partnerships and civil marriages

Stockport Register Office offers a wide choice of venues for a civil partnership or civil marriage. These venues include Stockport Register Office, Stockport Town Hall and a range of other approved premises.

If you'd like to have a ceremony or reception at any of our approved premises in Stockport, you can book up to 3 years in advance.

Civil partnerships do not require a ceremony, however, if you'd like to have a ceremony we can offer you one. The signing of the civil partnership schedule in the presence of two witnesses is all that's needed.

Civil partnership registration is an entirely secure process. The Civil Partnership Act prevents any religious service from taking place during the statutory steps leading to the formation of a civil partnership.

Notice of intention

To book your civil partnership or civil marriage you'll need to book an appointment to give your notice of intention.

Required documents

You'll need to bring documentation to your notice of intention appointment.

If your local register office is Stockport you can use our enquiry form to get in touch.