Love couples in Accra will pay at least GH¢150.00 in fees to celebrate a marriage under the ordinance at the Marriage Registry in AMA, in 2016. The new marriage registration fees are published under the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Imposition of Rates and Fee-Fixing Resolution, 2016, in the Local Government Bulletin No.1 dated Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
The new fees come in a resolution adopted at a meeting of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly convened on October 31, 2015, and signed by the Acting Presiding Member of the Assembly, Hon. Derrick Addotey Myres and the Metropolitan Coordinating Director, Sam Ayeh-Datey.
The Approved Fees are as follows:
- Filing of Notice of marriage — 20.00
- Registrar’s Certificate — 50.00
- Marriage Ceremony
- Weekday — 150.00 or
- Weekend — 80.00
Under the ordinance form of marriage, also called court marriage by some people, a couple must, first of all, file a notice of marriage [GH¢20.00] and, twenty-one days after, obtain the registrar’s certificate [GH¢50.00] which grants them permission to have their marriage ceremony. Then the couple may choose to have the ceremony on a weekday [GH¢150.00] or on a weekend [GH¢80.00]. According to the new release of fees, GH¢220.00 is the most a couple could pay for a marriage certificate.
Couples who wish to have their weddings celebrated in church normally proceed to make arrangements with chaplains after they obtain the registrar’s certificates.
The head office of Accra Metropolitan Assembly, located on Asafoiatse Nettey Rd, near the Bank of Ghana and the General Post Office, has one of the city’s popular marriage registries where thousands of couples go to register their marriages every year.
Almost all Ghanaian couples do have a customary marriage ahead of ordinance marriage registration for the simple fact that the customary way is a revered tradition. It dates back to several centuries, long before the African contact with Europeans who introduced the ordinance way. It is however not a precondition for a marriage by ordinance.