Authorised persons: advice for marriage ceremonies

Explains the roles and responsibilities of authorised persons at marriage ceremonies.

Applies to England and Wales


A guide for authorised persons

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This document provides advice to authorised persons on their role and responsibilities at marriage ceremonies including an introduction to the role, marriage preliminaries, solemnisation of the marriage, and completing and signing the marriage schedule.

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Published 2 September 2011
Last updated 28 February 2023 + show all updates
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