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Now the Wedding Palace will work seven days a week. It will be able to hold 40 percent more ceremonies than before.

After the completion of the overhaul, the Wedding Palace No. 4 on Butyrskaya Street was opened. The renovated building was visited Sergei Sobyanin… According to him, the Moscow registry office system has seriously transformed in recent years: most of the services are now provided by multifunctional centers. “My documents”, you can even get married there today.

“But of course, a large number of Muscovites need a solemn atmosphere when registering a marriage. For this, we have opened many unique sites. Today it is possible to register a marriage in the Ostankino TV tower, in the Luzhniki Stadium, in the towers of the Moscow City business center, in old mansions and even in the planetarium. Nevertheless, historical wedding palaces are still very popular, ”said the Moscow Mayor.

Wedding Palace No. 4 has been occupying a two-storey building on Butyrskaya Street since 1986, its area is 2.5 thousand square meters. This is the largest and most popular registry office in Moscow.

“It was in a rather difficult technical condition, it was completely reconstructed, and today it is a first-class Wedding Palace, which for many, many years will be a place where marriages of Muscovites are concluded in a comfortable and solemn atmosphere. And I think that other registry offices, wedding palaces will also be popular. So I congratulate Muscovites, many marriages, many family relationships began in this historic building, ”said Sergei Sobyanin.

The solemn ceremonies here will begin on June 1.

In addition to registering a marriage in the Wedding Palace No. 4, other services are also provided. Among them:

– introduction of changes and corrections in the records of acts of civil status;

– issuance of repeated certificates and certificates of marriage from the archive;

– restoration or cancellation of records of acts of marriage;

– requesting documents on registration of acts of civil status from the territories of foreign states – members of the CIS, Abkhazia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, South Ossetia;

– holding solemn ceremonies honoring the anniversaries of married life.

For a long time it was the only registry office in the capital where citizens of foreign countries could get married. Since 2019, this can be done in all registry offices in Moscow.


How was the overhaul

The decision to overhaul the Wedding Palace No. 4 was made in 2019. The work took a little over a year – they took place from March 2020 to May 2021. During the renovation, the institution continued to provide all services, except for the solemn registration of marriage.

During the renovation, the builders replaced the engineering systems, the roof, 39 windows and 65 doors, made the interior decorating and insulated the façade. Decorated gratings were installed on the windows, which allows natural light to penetrate into the hall. Redevelopment of the premises was also carried out, which increased the level of comfort for employees and visitors. The building has a barrier-free environment.

The premises have installed ventilation, air conditioning and video surveillance systems. In addition, there is a large parking lot for 86 cars, of which 11 are for drivers with disabilities.

The historical elements of the building have been preserved and restored. The original appearance was returned to the wide marble staircase leading to the second floor, columns and a multi-tiered chandelier in the main hall, created in a single copy at the Moscow Glass Factory. A new marble floor was installed on the ground floor.

The registry office archive is now equipped in accordance with modern requirements. The racks are placed on rails for easy access to documents and efficient use of space. An automatic fire safety system has been installed. A comfortable temperature for documents (19 degrees) and humidity (50 percent) are constantly maintained.

The overhaul has expanded the reception area to 1,300 square meters, including spacious guest lobbies on the first and second floors. The main hall on the second floor can accommodate up to 50 guests – its area is 128 square meters, and the ceiling height is seven meters. An additional small hall with an area of ​​55 square meters was also equipped, it can accommodate up to 22 people. Previously, the registration and verification of documents of newlyweds was carried out here.

In addition, a wedding hall for people with limited mobility appeared with an area of ​​46 square meters, designed for 7-10 people. A ramp with handrails was installed at the entrance. In their free time from ceremonies, the hall is planned to be used as an additional room for the bride.

Wedding Palace No. 4 will work according to a new schedule. The institution switches to a seven-day working week – from Sunday to Wednesday from 09:00 to 18:00 and from Thursday to Saturday from 09:00 to 20:00.

Live musical accompaniment of solemn ceremonies will be free of charge. If desired, the newlyweds can abandon the traditional Mendelssohn march and choose a different melody. On a landscaped area with access to the courtyard, it will be possible to hold a photo session.

Thanks to the renovation in the Wedding Palace No. 4, they will be able to hold about 40 percent more marriage ceremonies than before – up to 10 thousand a year. Moreover, the work of employees will become more comfortable and calm.

The Wedding Palace on Butyrskaya Street will open its doors for the first newlyweds on June 1.

Repair of registry offices and construction of new ones

By the end of this year, it is planned to complete the overhaul of the Lublin department of the registry office at the address: 8th Tekstilshchikov Street, 14.

New departments of the registry office appear in the capital. So, in 2016, the Shipilovsky department of the registry office with an area of ​​1.9 thousand square meters was opened at the address: Shipilovsky proezd, house 27.

By the end of 2022, they are going to build a registry office and a center for social protection of the population in Yuzhny Butovo. The building will be located at Brusilova Street, building 21, building 3. Its area should be 1.5 thousand square meters.

Registry offices in the centers “My Documents”

The Moscow registry office includes 34 registry offices, six wedding palaces, an archive and information department and eight administrative divisions.

Civil registry officials register births, paternity, adoption and adoption, marriage and divorce, name change and death. Civil registration statistics available on the portal open data of the Government of Moscow.

Employees of the Moscow Civil Registry Office provide other services:

– issue repeated certificates and certificates from the archives;

– make corrections and (or) changes to the previously compiled civil status records;

– annul and (or) restore civil status records on the basis of court decisions that have entered into legal force;

– assist in the reclamation of documents on registration of acts of civil status from the territories of foreign states (members of the CIS, as well as Abkhazia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, South Ossetia).

Since 2016, in the offices of “My Documents” you can also get some services of the registry office, namely:

– birth registration;

– establishing paternity;

– registration of death;

– acceptance of applications for registration of marriage by citizens of Russia;

– acceptance of applications for registration of divorce of citizens of Russia by mutual consent of spouses who do not have common children who have not reached the age of majority;

– Acceptance of documents for registration of repeated certificates (certificates) on state registration of acts of civil status for citizens of the Russian Federation.

Since May 31 of this year, seven more services have become available at the MFC:

– registration of marriage in a non-formal setting for Russian citizens who have reached the age of majority;

– registration of divorce of Russian citizens at the joint application of spouses by mutual agreement who do not have common minor children, whose marriage was concluded on the territory of Moscow, or both spouses or one of the spouses live in Moscow;

– issuance of repeated certificates and certificates of state registration of acts of civil status for yourself and your minor children according to the records of acts drawn up by the Moscow registry office;

– making corrections or changes in the records of acts of civil status (receiving applications and documents, transferring them to the registry office and issuing the result of the service);

– affixing an apostille on official documents of the registry office drawn up in Moscow, in confirmation of the facts of state registration of acts of civil status or their absence, subject to export outside the Russian Federation (receiving applications and documents, transferring them to the registry office and issuing the result of the service);

– registration of birth at the request of a legal entity;

– registration of death at the request of a legal entity.

Services can also be obtained electronically. Remotely accept applications for registration of the conclusion and dissolution of marriage, registration of birth, adoption (adoption) and issuance of repeated documents.

In the first quarter of this year, more than 40 thousand repeated documents were issued from the registry office, which is 30 percent more than in the same period last year.

The archives of the Civil Registry Office of Moscow keep records of acts of civil status drawn up by consular offices of the USSR and Russia on the territory of foreign states. Upon request, its employees issue copies of them, as well as affix an apostille on the documents on state registration of acts of civil status issued by the Moscow Civil Registry Office.

In 2020, 27 million act records were digitized from 1926 to 2018, which are stored in the registry office of Moscow. This is the largest archival fund of the Russian Civil Registry Office. All digitized records are available in the Unified State Register of the Civil Registry Office.

Unusual marriage venues

Marriage ceremonies are held in 34 registry offices and six wedding palaces. In 2019, it was decided to open several dozen additional venues for ceremonies. They are located in iconic and unusual places in Moscow – old mansions, museums, stadiums and viewing platforms.

The project began operating on May 4, 2019, on the eve of the Orthodox holiday Krasnaya Gorka. At first, 20 sites were involved. However, the newlyweds liked the new tradition so much that today there are already more than 30 of them.

Lovers of the classics can register a marriage in historical buildings with majestic columns and ceilings decorated with stucco molding – in the Spiridonov mansion, the Muravyov-Apostol estate or the mansion on Volkhonka.

Those who are closer to modern architecture are offered to hold the ceremony in the Ostankino TV tower, the towers of the Moscow City business center. You can also register your marriage in the Church of Matrona Moskovskaya on Taganskaya Street, the Museum of Military Uniforms, the Spartak stadium and the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Moscow Planetarium and the Moskvarium at VDNKh await romantics, and art lovers can hold a celebration in the arts center of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior or the A.P. Bogolyubov.

A list of all sites can be viewed at

To organize a ceremony in an unusual place, you need to contact the registry office or the Wedding Palace no earlier than a year and no later than a month before the desired date. Newlyweds can also apply online through the portal.

The registration cost does not differ from the usual one and is 350 rubles. If you apply online, the amount of the state fee will be 30 percent less (245 rubles).

In 2020, 5795 marriages were concluded at unusual venues. And since the beginning of 2021, 2,423 ceremonies have already been held. This year, the most popular venue is a restaurant located on the 84th floor of the OKO tower in Moscow City – 1288 couples have already got married there and are planning to do so. Also in demand is a mansion on Malaya Ordynka (720 pairs), a celebration house on Vorobyovskoye Shosse (783 pairs), Spiridonov’s mansion in Maly Gnezdnikovsky Lane (595 pairs) and the Church of Matrona Moskovskaya on Taganskaya Street (540 pairs).

The work of the registry office during a pandemic

During the period of the introduction of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moscow registry office continued to work. From April 1 to May 31, 2020, they registered more than 50 thousand civil registration records, including over 15 thousand births and five thousand marriages. The ceremonies were held exclusively in a non-festive atmosphere and without the presence of guests.

More than 16 thousand calls were received through a single reference service to the registry office, employees transferred over five thousand previously appointed wedding ceremonies. In connection with the decision of the President of Russia on payments to families with children, the registry office quickly transferred more than two million records of children born from 2002 to 2018 to the Unified State Register of the Civil Registry Office.

On June 23, 2020, the registry office resumed work as usual. Solemn ceremonies, including visiting ones, began to be held again. At the same time, the sanitary and epidemiological requirements were strictly observed.

Since October 12, 2020, the registry office has switched to work by appointment. For this, more than 40 additional telephone lines were opened. From November 12, 2020 to February 9, 2021, the number of guests at marriage registrations should not exceed five people.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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