On the day of your marriage, your celebrant will provide you with two copies of of this document, along with a decorative marriage certificate. These documents will be signed by the two of you, your two witnesses and your celebrant. It’s important to check that details on these are correct before signing.
The celebrant will retain one copy of the Certificates of Marriage and will forward the second copy to Births, Deaths and Marriage, along with the NOIM and Declaration when they register your marriage. The decorative certificate is then presented to the couple on the day. Whilst this is a decorative certificate, it is still a legally registered document and therefore can not be reissued if this document is lost or damaged, so it’s important to look after it.