Zoff about Saturday weddings: Good news for everyone who wants to get married in Cologne


Cologne –

All-clear for Cologne couples: You can also get married on Saturdays in the future. City administration and staff representatives agreed in the controversy over Saturday weddings on a temporary solution until next summer.

  • Saturday weddings in Cologne are still possible
  • Agreement reached on the remuneration of registrars
  • Saturday is the most popular day for weddings

After the city’s entire staff council had challenged the previously applicable overtime regulation as unlawful, the Saturday weddings in Cologne were briefly on the brink. As early as July, the day threatened to be deleted from the calendar.

Cologne: Saturday weddings are still possible

Last Thursday (May 20, 2021), the staff council and city administration were finally able to agree on a duty roster regulation.

City Treasurer Prof. Dr. Dörte Diemert welcomes the result: “I am pleased that the conciliation office came to a positive result yesterday, which will continue to enable Saturday weddings and ensure that the registrars receive adequate compensation for their performance.”

Registrars: Compensation for Saturday work

The duty rosters are created taking social and family aspects into account. Work on Saturdays is offset by a day off during the week. There is also a flat fee for the registrars for every wedding on Saturday.

The agreed regulation will initially be introduced for a limited period until June 30, 2022.

Civil weddings on Saturdays are of enormous importance for Cologne residents: In 2020, the registry offices married a total of 5,365 couples, 1,085 of them on Saturdays. That means: every fifth couple chooses Saturday for their wedding.

However, no agreement has yet been reached for the Saturday opening in the vehicle registration office. The negotiations required for this have been postponed, but the talks on this should be concluded by the end of August at the latest. (pvr)

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