• Clive Burgess

What Are My Options If I Can't Find A Registrar?

All of the weddings postponed in the UK from last year are slated for this year and the next. That means that registrars are having a backlog of legal marriage registrations right now, making them next to impossible to get.

If you’ve had to reschedule your wedding and are trying to set a new date but can’t find a registrar who is uncommitted, you’re probably worried. This is only to be expected because so many questions will be running through your mind. So, what’s the next step for you? Will you have to reschedule your entire celebration again? As a Celebrant handling weddings in London and Essex, I thought I should answer these and share a few more tips with you.

· What Are My Options If I Can’t Find A Registrar Available for My Rescheduled Wedding?

If you’re in London and Essex and have had to reschedule your wedding, my heart goes out to you. It can’t have been easy to make the decision, but I’m glad you had the courage to. Now, you can look forward to a safer and better wedding because you’ve had more time to plan for it.

One of the ways that you can make things less stressful for you is by working with your vendors. They’ll help you come up with a date that works for everyone and you can go from there. However, there’s a snag you might encounter, Local Authorities are not taking bookings for Registrars presently.

That kind of makes it hard to commit to a new date. Plus, when the lockdown is lifted, you’ll discover that Registrars will be high in demand. Finding a Registrar who is available for your date may be next to impossible. They’ll be so many new weddings and rescheduled weddings like yours for them to handle.

· The Celebrant Option

A Celebrant could be the answer to the question above. Celebrants will give your ceremony so much flexibility and can be available for as long as you want. They’ll also be able to work with your time because most Celebrants take only one wedding in a day. It is important that you know that a Celebrant is a viable option for your wedding in a time like this.

· The Difference Between A Registrar and A Celebrant

The major difference between a Registrar and a Celebrant is the legal aspect. Registrars work for the Local Authority and are licensed to register marriages. They are the ones authorised to conduct marriage ceremonies that are binding at a registered venue or the Register offices. They have a legally prepared script that they follow at weddings.

Celebrants on the other hand are self-employed. That means that they can come up with a unique script written from start for your wedding. It also means that your speech and vows will be unique to your wedding. Please note that in England and Wales, a Celebrant ceremony is not legally binding.


So How Do We Complete the Legal Part If We Work with A Celebrant?

For your wedding to be recognised in England and Wales, you’ll need to do the legal administration at a local Register Office. This is ideally done before your ceremony. You only need to attend this simple and quick process with two witnesses, say the words, and sign the register. All the meaningful and special parts can be left for your Celebrant-led ceremony later.

If it turns out that you cannot have this legal part before your ceremony, you can book it for afterward. Your celebrant will however have to carefully word your script because at no point will they be allowed to say that you are married or pretend to marry you.

· Is a Celebrant-Led Ceremony Different from One with A Registrar?

The answer is yes. Your celebrant will spend a lot of time getting to know you and listen to your ideas for your wedding. They will then take what they have learned and craft a personalised ceremony that represents you and your partner. There are no rules where this is concerned, and you are not restricted as to a choice of venues. Your Celebrant will also have many lovely ideas that you can incorporate into your celebration.

· Will a Celebrant-Led Wedding Ceremony Feel Less Real?

No, it won’t! All the elements needed to make it special will be there, including your vows and ring exchange. Your Celebrant will also deliver a ceremony that is thoughtful and full of love, leaving your guests very impressed. They won’t even realise that it’s not a legal ceremony. So what do you say?

Here at Special Moments Celebrant, I would be delighted to help you handle your wedding ceremony in these trying times. I take my time to know every couple I work with and offer advice to make things easier where possible. Contact me and let’s discuss your wedding. I’d love to hear from you.

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