read the info at http://www.blissweddings.com/articles/art034.asphttp://www.blissweddings.com/articles/art034.asp Marriage By Certificate without License (Getting Married By Certificate) Getting married by certificate is the most common method in which to marry. Prior to giving notice to the superintendant registrar, both of you must have been residents in the registration district for a period of seven (7) days. Your notice will then be entered into the official notice book. You then have to wait 21 more days before the registrar will issue you a certificate of authority which then allows you to get married.
Marriage By Certificate with License (Getting Married By License) Getting married by license is the quicker yet more expensive method in which to marry. At least one of you must claim residency in the registration district for at least fifteen (15) days prior to giving notice. On the sixteenth day, you give notice to the registrar on your intent to marry. Your partner must reside anywhere (does not have to be in the registration district) in England or Wales on the day you give notice. Your notice will then be entered into the official notice book. After only one full day of giving notice, the registrar will issue you a certificate of authority which then allows you to get married.