One of the great joys of being a celebrant is that we deal with the fun bits of the wedding – meeting the couple, creating and delivering the ceremony – and the Registrars do all the painstaking (but crucial) investigative work behind the scenes – checking you really are who you say you are; checking you’re not actually married to someone else; checking that you understand what you’re getting yourself into; and – when they’ve done all that – producing the all important Marriage Schedule.
- If you’ve never been married, you need to get your completed M10 to the Registrar 4 weeks before the date of the wedding.
- If you’re divorced, get it in 6 weeks beforehand.
- The normal minimum is 15 days but in exceptional circumstances, they can be and usually are extremely helpful.
- When you send in or hand over the M10, the Registrar will want to see your passport, birth certificate and (if relevant) divorce papers.
- During the week before your wedding, at least one of you must go in person to the Registrar’s office to collect the Marriage Schedule.
- You need two witnesses over the age of 16
- The schedule must be signed with a fountain pen using indelible black ink (don’t worry, I’ll bring that)
- The schedule must be returned to the Registrar within three days (I usually suggest giving it to one of the mums as they tend to be the most ‘responsible adult’ on the day, and asking them to drop it off on their way home the next day)
- If you want a copy of the signed marriage schedule, they’ll give you one in exchange for the appropriate fee.