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 Frequently Asked Questions. More general information about marriage can be found on GOV.UK.
1. Book the registrar for your Ceremony
You can only book online if you intend to hold your ceremony from Friday, November 11, 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. This booking is just for the registrars to attend your ceremony, it is not a booking for the venue as well.
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 to ensure that all the legal requirements have been completed before the date of your ceremony.
If you cannot meet the requirements at the appointment we may not be able to take your notice, which may mean making a new appointment, paying a new fee, and possibly delaying your ceremony.
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.
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 by second class Royal Mail (typically post can take 2-3 weeks to 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.