Jump to content

Anyone ordered a marriage certificate from the UK?
Or even looked one up?

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 Froger

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

i'm trying to find a particular marriage certificate (a relatively recent one). I have the people's names and year of marriage. I don't have the exact date though, so I can't order one through the official ordering site. And UK doesn't seem to have any websites open to the public to just be able to look up these details?

How do I find out the exact date of marriage of a couple who married in the UK in the previous two decades?

Any help gratefully accepted, as I'm attempting to order the certificate now.

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

I know mum raves about St Catherine House and got a lot of information and certificates using their services. Have you tried there at all?

#3 Froger

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

Okay thanks heaps Howdo. I just looked there and it is not necessary to know the full dat, so I certainly could order one. But is it an official one? The person needs an official copy for legal purposes. I don't understand the differences between the government website and these private websites that supply certificates.

#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

The one's I am looking at certainly look official. I believe that what happens is they order from the same place - you are paying the agent to search for the certificate and do the ordering paperwork for you.

The ones I have here are quite old, but indicate they are certified copies of entries. If  they can tell you the date, at the end of the day you could order the certificate from the BDM agency. Are you authorized to order the certificate though? Often, if it's a marriage after a certain date you have to be one of the people on the certificate or next of kin.

#5 Froger

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

Thanks howdo. You've been a fantastic help. Yeah, I'm just helping with the ordering. But we both got stuck by not knowing the date.

#6 B.feral3

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

I have done this. In the UK (well 8 years ago when I ordered mine for the family tree book) they do not have a central BD&M database. To obtain a BD or M certificate you have to find out the exact county or even town where they were at the time and order directly. If you don't know that information, it's near impossible. Also, many records were lost ans cannot be recovered.

I was married in the UK. I need to get a new marriage certificate but can only do so specifically through the registry office in the town that I was married in!!

#7 Expelliarmus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Well hopefully I steered you right! LOL it does say official Certified copies actually, so it should be hunky dory Tounge1.gif
I found this one too Somerset House Vital Certificates but yeah, mum's always used St Catherines.

Edited by howdo, 02 December 2012 - 08:21 PM.

#8 Froger

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

Thanks Bek+3. Yes, it's amazingly difficult. You'd think there would be a more centralised system!

#9 Percoriel

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:59 AM

Depends on how recent it was, you could try one of the genealogical sites like findmypast.co.uk or if it was in Scotland, scotlandspeople.co.uk.

You also have to deal with the privacy restrictions too. Even here you can't just apply for a marriage certificate unless you are one of the parties (and can prove it) or you have a party's permission to do so.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


The device that allows you to bottle feed and use your phone at the same time

"It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone."

Mum posts photo of c-section scar to prove she gave birth

A new mum angered by people suggesting women who deliver their babies via caesarean section have not "given birth" has challenged that misconception by sharing a photograph of her scar.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcome daughter

Actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudeikis are parents again.

Nurse cuts off part of newborn's finger

A newborn baby is without the tip of one finger after a nurse accidentally cut it off with scissors.

See the new Thomas & Friends clothing range for girls

It's a long overdue move for kids and parents alike.

Finally, someone's come up with a way to stop doona thieves

If you've ever shared a bed with a dyed-in-the-wool doona stealer you'll know how frustrating it can be.

Family rituals to make mealtimes easier: mums share their tips

Special rituals, as well as favourite cutlery and plates, can make dinner times less challenging and a lot more fun!

Toddler pours entire bag of dog biscuits down the toilet

Most mums of toddlers have a funny horror story about the time they turned their back for 30 seconds only to find mayhem on their return.

Surgeons successfully separate 13-month-old twins conjoined at head

Surgeons at a New York City hospital have separated a pair of 13-month-old boys who were congenitally joined at the head, completing a rare operation that carried a risk of death and severe brain damage, their mother said.

'Do I call the parents or an exorcist?'

Babies can sometimes get themselves into unusual positions while sleeping, but this youngster has the makings of an acrobat.

The complicated grief of losing your babies

In the park near our house my partner and I have a bench. We paid to have it put there last year after our twin boys Fred and John died.

How the way you’re born and fed can affect your immune system

Vaginal or caesarean, bottle- or breastfed: it all influences our gut microbes and future health.

Depression made me a crummy friend - but I'm working on it

Getting well and falling in love with my son has brought a feeling words simply can't describe. But I didn't expect it to be a little heartbreaking, too.

Mountain Buggy Bagrider makes travel so much easier with baby

Haven't we all needed more hands when travelling with babies and toddlers?

'I look like a troll!': mum shares postpartum hair regrowth woes

Rather than hiding her postpartum hair regrowth, author Giovana Fletcher has photographed and shared it.

A police officer saved a baby's life, forever changing his own

With his bald head, light goatee and bulging arms covered in dark tattoos, Officer Kenneth Knox is an imposing figure.

The tandem breastfeeding photo that got a mum's Facebook account shut down

A mother of six from the US claims that Facebook disabled her account because she posted a photograph of herself tandem breastfeeding a stranger's baby along with her own.


Top 5 Articles


What's hot on EB

Win a Hawaii beachfront resort holiday for two!

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 4 trips for two to Hawaii, staying at Outrigger resorts in Waikiki.


Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.