Marriage: Step by Step
Follow our step-by-step guide to getting married in Cambridgeshire. If you can't find what you're looking for on this page you might find what you want in our FAQs. More general information about marriage can be found on GOV.UK
1. Book your Ceremony
You can only book online if you intend to hold your ceremony from Sunday, April 17, 2022
If you intend to have your ceremony in an Approved Venue you must have discussed dates and times with them before booking our services
2. Notices of Marriage
Notice of Marriage is a legal requirement where you book an appointment to see a registrar with documents to prove your identity. You can give notice up to 12 months before the date of your ceremony but we would recommend that you do so 4-6 months before your big day. Delaying your notice appointment further could mean that your ceremony date will need to change in the event that you are unable to secure an appointment at short notice or are unable to complete your notices and need to re-book because you did not have the required documents.
3. Plan Your Day
Find out how to personalise your ceremony.
4. Your Certificates
New marriage legislation means that the way a marriage is registered in England changed from 4 May 2021
The change in the law means that the details of your marriage are recorded on a marriage ‘schedule’ or in some cases ‘document’, signed by you, your witnesses and the officiant. This is simply a pre-printed A4 piece of paper.
Details from the completed marriage 'schedule' or 'document' will be entered on the electronic register within 7 days of your schedule or document being received at the register office, in the area where you got married. In the case of religious ceremonies, it may first take up to 21 days for your paperwork to be received at our offices.
A marriage certificate can only be issued after the details have been entered on to the electronic register. This means that you will not be able to obtain a marriage certificate on the day of your marriage. This applies whether you marry in a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony.
If you have paid for certificates already these will be posted posted via second class Royal Mail (currently post is then taking 2-3 weeks to then be delivered).
If you have not paid for certificates, or have any other questions about certificates (including when they will be received), please see the "certificates" section of our Frequently Asked Questions.