Mothers of the bride and groom can be included on the marriage certificate

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Now both parents have their names on the marriage certificate: mothers of bride and groom can now be legally listed on the document for the first time

  • Mothers of the bride and groom can be named on marriage certificates from today
  • Now both parents will be included on legal paperwork rather than just dads
  • The reforms will also lead to the creation of a single electronic marriage registry

Mothers of the bride and groom can be named on marriage certificates as of today in the greatest turmoil of the registry system in 200 years.

The highly anticipated modernizations mean that both parents will be included on the legal papers rather than just fathers.

Reforms will also lead to the creation of a single electronic marriage registry, which is expected to make it easier to detect marriages of convenience. Ministers said this system is more secure and eliminates the need to extract data from paper copies.

And in a breakthrough with centuries of tradition, couples who take their vows in a church do not immediately receive a marriage certificate.

Mothers of the bride and groom can now be named on marriage certificates. (Stock image)

They will instead receive a ‘marriage document’ which will be sent to the registry so that the details can be recorded before the formal certificate is sent.

The changes to the marriage law in England and Wales are the biggest turmoil in the registration system since 1837, ministers said.

Home Secretary Kevin Foster said: “These changes bring the registration process into the 21st century and mean that no parent will be missing on their child’s wedding day.

“ When Hazel and I got married in 2017, my dad’s mom and Hazel shared the day with us, but unfortunately my mom and Hazel’s dad couldn’t be with us as they had both passed away beforehand.

“While Hazel’s dad could still be a part of the day by being listed on our marriage certificate, one was missing: my mom.”

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Brown, of the Church of England, said: “We are very pleased that the marriage registry system can now record both mothers ‘and fathers’ names.

The changes to the marriage law in England and Wales are the biggest turmoil in the registration system since 1837, ministers said.  (Stock image)

The changes to the marriage law in England and Wales are the biggest turmoil in the registration system since 1837, ministers said. (Stock image)

Changing practices that go back many years is never easy, but we believe the new system will change as little as possible in terms of the couple’s experience during their church wedding and the clergy will find that the new regulations will very soon becomes nature. ‘

Under the current system, the couple – and the witnesses – sign a registry book that is kept at every church, place of worship, or registry office.

Under the new arrangement in a civil ceremony, couples and witnesses will sign a ‘marriage roster’ that will list the names of both parents from both sides.

In the Church of England and the Church in Wales, the pastor will issue a ‘marriage certificate’.

The document is sent to the registration office and entered in the electronic register. A marriage certificate can then be issued to the couple.

Civil partnership certificates already contain the names of mothers, so the changes will update the marriage documents to match.

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