How to get Wedding Registered in India
Earlier Indian weddings were performed traditionally and not officially registered. The many guests that turned up for the occasion served as witnesses to the wedding but after a court order in 2006, all weddings need to be registered compulsorily in India. The main idea behind mandatory registration is to eliminate cases of fraud and provide women their rights. The registration process is very simple and you can either do it yourself or hire a lawyer for the same. Once the necessary documents are submitted, the wedding is registered and you get a marriage certificate that serves as proof of the wedding. Read below for an overview guide that can help you in getting your wedding registered in India.
Type of Registration
The wedding can be registered as per the couple’s religion. It can be registered as per the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act. As per the Hindu Act, the minimum age limit for the bridegroom is 21 and 18 for the bride. In case of the Special Marriage Act, the age limit is 21 for both partners. As per the Hindu Marriage Act, the wedding is only registered while the Special Marriage Act registers and solemnizes the wedding as well.
Hindu Marriage Act
Both parties should be Hindus if you wish to register the marriage under this act. The couple need to apply formally to the sun-register under whose jurisdiction the marriage was performed. The application form needs to field in and signed by both partners. Supportive documents such as proof of age and proof of address are also required. A certificate from the officiating priest is also required sometimes. Once the documents are attested, they can be submitted. There is a fee for application and you will get a receipt upon submission. The marriage certificate is then issued by the concerned officer. Divorce decree may also be required if either partner was married before.
Special Marriage Act
The same set of documents are required if you want to register the marriage under Special Marriage Act. The partners need to give a thirty day notice period beforehand to the sub-register. There is no need for a proof of wedding ceremony from the priest under this act. Submitting a wedding card is not mandatory under this act. The marriage is registered after a period of thirty days of the notice. A certificate of religious conversion may also be required if either partner has converted.
While it is possible to register the marriage yourself on payment of a nominal fee, the process can also be completed by hiring the services of a lawyer. Most lawyers in India can help in registering marriages and the process is fast tracked. It is always a good idea to collect all necessary documents beforehand to avoid delay in registration of the marriage. An acknowledgement slip and a copy of the application form is usually given which is required when you go to collect the marriage certificate.