Ely Diocesan Registry

To have and to hold


The principal law relating to marriage in Church of England parish churches is contained in The Marriage Act 1949. The Act provides that before a marriage can take place in a church, one of the following legal requirements must be fulfilled:

  1. The calling of Banns; or
  2. The issue of a Common Licence by the Bishop of the Diocese; or
  3. The issue of a Special Licence by the Archbishop of Canterbury; or
  4. The issue of a Superintendent Registrar's certificate