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Marriage Schedule System

Published: 05/05/2021

Flintshire Registration Service plays their part in modernising civil registration.

Amendments to the Marriage Act 1949 came in to force on 4 May, 2021 which means for the first time since records began in 1837, the marriage register will no longer be the legal record for civil marriage in England and Wales.  The marriage register has been replaced and couples will now sign a marriage schedule.

 Gareth Owens, Chief Officer Governance said;

 “This is the most significant change in civil registration since 1837 and the Registration Service is delighted to be part of this exciting change. 

 “The Registrar will be responsible for a new marriage schedule and after a marriage ceremony will record the details on an electronic system, creating the legal record and allowing for marriage certificates to be printed.  The electronic register will be secure, more efficient for keeping marriage records and it will also allow mothers details to be included on the marriage entry rather than just father”.

Couples who have given their Notice of Marriage for marriage ceremonies after 4 May, 2021 will have the option to include all four parents’ details at the time of their ceremony.   The Registration Service will assist couples prior to their ceremony.