Ann and I had our scheduled appointment with Ritchie at the rather unglamorous Kettering Register Office this afternoon.. It’s located next to the Court and the Police Station – how romantic!
This was the first meeting of two, where we ‘announce our marriage’ to the wider community, but not until we’ve been separated (really!) and interviewed individually. We weren’t sure what to expect from the question-session, but we learned that we both had to recite our address and describe the exact job title of the other, in order for Ritchie the Registrar, to formally accept our application. Apparently, one slip here and we can’t proceed! Additionally, we needed to provide as passport or birth certificate, proof of identity and proof of where we live – and in my case proof that I’m not still married. Ohh, and we parted with just over 60 quid for the privilege too!
Thirty-five minutes later, it was almost all over. All we needed to do to complete the process was to sign with the special ink provided and for the documentation to be printed on blue paper – blue apparently means an authority document round these parts - and it’s then official, our event is now in the public domain.
I appreciate that these things need to be done, but it’s soooooo unglamorous and unromantic.
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