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13 Things You Did Not Know About 'Court Wedding' In Nigeria

1. There is nothing like COURT WEDDING. It is a misconception. What we have is REGISTRY WEDDING or MARRIAGE UNDER THE ACT. The court is not conferred with power to conduct marriages.

2. There are seven federal marriage registries in Nigeria; Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Kano and Jos.

3. There are marriage registries across all states and local government areas in Nigeria. 

4. Registry wedding takes only four steps.
a. Agreement between intending couples
b. Swear an affidavit
c. Issuing of certificate and fixing of wedding date
d. Registry Wedding

5. One of the intending couples must reside in the district where the registry wedding will take place.

6. The intending couples must be at least 21 years old. Below 21, will need a prove of consent in writing from parents or guardians. In fact, intending couples can be joined together legally without the parental consent, as long as they are not less than 21 years old. 

7. At this time, none of the intending couple must not be married to anyone else.

8. Peradventure the parents of the intending couples are not available to sign, witnesses can stand in. 

9. If the groom and the bride are above 35 years and. 28 years old respectively, a certificate of bachelorhood and certificate of spinsterhood will be required from them.

10. The registry do not need a proof of a traditional marriage celebration before joining parties together under the Act. 

11. The legal time registry wedding must be conducted is between 8am - 6pm Nigerian time.

12. Eating or reception in the registry is PROHIBITED. However, some registries may allow reception to take place in its premises.

13. Registry wedding can be done on a Saturday.