Before a marriage can be solemnised in England or Wales according to the usage of Friends, notice must be given by the parties concerned to the appropriate superintendent registrar and a certificate obtained by each party. The certificates should be obtained from the superintendent registrar(s) for the area(s) in which the parties live, and should be delivered to the registering officer as soon as possible after they are obtained. For marriages in Scotland a marriage schedule is obtained from the registrar for the district in which the marriage is to take place and this should be sent to the registering officer as soon as possible after it has been obtained (see 16.46.b).
Registering officers are strongly advised to have in their possession not less than twenty-four hours before the ceremony the certificates of the appropriate superintendent registrar(s) in England or Wales, or the appropriate schedule issued by the district registrar in Scotland. In England and Wales marriages may take place in areas other than those in which the certificates were issued, but in Scotland marriages must take place within the area of the district registrar issuing the marriage schedule. In no case can a marriage be solemnised without the production of the certificates or schedule.