Registration of marriage
a. Marriages in England and Wales
In England and Wales the legal registration of the marriage is carried out by the registering officer. As soon as possible after the solemnisation of a marriage, the registering officer, having received the proper certificates, and being satisfied that the marriage has been solemnised in accordance with the usage of the Society, shall register, or cause to be registered, the several particulars of the marriage in the duplicate register books. Every such entry shall be signed by the parties married and by at least two witnesses, and by the registering officer.
b. Marriages in Scotland
In Scotland the legal registration of the marriage is carried out by the district registrar and not by the registering officer. No marriage may be solemnised unless the parties produce to the registering officer a marriage schedule (16.25.b). Immediately after the solemnisation of the marriage the marriage schedule shall be signed by the parties, by both witnesses, and by the registering officer. The parties shall within three days thereafter deliver the marriage schedule to the district registrar who shall cause the particulars to be entered in the register of marriages kept by her or him.