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.

4. Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Civil Partnership Conversions)

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Civil Partnership Conversions) please contact the Register Office for further information on 0161 217 6007 or email register.office@stockport.gov.uk

The regulations for couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage provide for the following:

  • a standard procedure to convert a civil partnership into marriage at the local register office
  • to provide for an extended process where the signing of the declaration to convert a civil partnership into marriage can take place in a range of venues where marriage of same sex couples can be solemnized

This will allow couples to follow their conversion into marriage with a non-statutory ceremony, enabling the couple to sign the declaration in the same venue as where the ceremony is taking place.

In these circumstances the completion and signing of the declaration will be split into 2 stages:

Providing information for the completion of the declaration (Stage 1)

This stage is the formal completion of the declaration, including checking the evidence of name, date of birth, address and civil partnership. This can only take place in a register office or local registration service point.

You will need to provide your passport or Driving Licence Card together with proof of residency such as a recent utility bill or bank statement. You will also need to provide your civil partnership certificate.

Signing of the declaration (Stage 2)

This stage is the signing of the declaration by the couple and the superintendent registrar. This can take place in:

  • the Register Office
  • approved venues
  • religious buildings registered for the marriage of same sex couples where a religious blessing or ceremony under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1949 is to immediately follow the conversion into marriage
  • a place where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1949 is to immediately follow the conversion into marriage

The attendance of the superintendent registrar (or deputy) is required at all conversions into marriage, including those on religious venues.