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Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Marriages

Photograph of two rings

A marriage notice form helps the Registration office collect information about your ceremony and prepare your details for registration.

Both of you should fill out a marriage notice form and return them to the Registration office of the district in which you are to marry, along with the relevant documents and fees.

Religious Marriages

A standard charge of £44 applies to fill out your marriage notice forms, you should pay this when you return your forms to the relevant Registration office.

Civil Ceremony Fees

Please contact the registration office of your relevant district for details of fees as they vary.

Documents you will need

When returning your marriage notice forms, both of you must provide the following documents:-

  • your full birth certificate  (authorised photocopies are not acceptable).
  • your passport
  • a consent form (if you aged 16 or 17)- these are available from the Registrar or can be downloaded below
  • If you have been married before and the marriage was dissolved, a certificate of divorce or annulment or a certified copy decree (decrees must be absolute or final).
  • If you have been married more than once, only the documents for your most recent marriage are required.
  • if you have entered into a civil partnership before, a court order of dissolution for that partnership
  • If you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner,

All documents supplied are photocopied and returned immediately to you.

Full terms and conditions relating to these documents, as well as information about nationality requirements, are available from the guidance notes which accompany your marriage notice form.

Choosing a date

If you are planning on having a ceremony in a year’s time or further in the future, you can make a provisional booking.
If you want a date within the next 12 months, you can also make a permanent booking, subject to availability.
Easter to October is our busiest times and Fridays and Saturdays are particularly popular days.
You are advised to book your ceremony as early as possible to secure the date and time you want.

For further details please contact any office on T: 0300 124 5000.

When to give notice

You must tell us about your plans to get married in the 12 month period before your wedding date, and no later than 28 days before your ceremony.
Notices should usually be with the Registration office about 8 weeks before your ceremony but, if either of you has been married before or are subject to immigration control, forms should be submitted 10 weeks before.

No appointment is necessary.

Don’t delay giving notice to the Registration office because you don’t have the relevant documents— it is better to give notice first and return any outstanding documents at a later date. However, all relevant documents must be returned to the relevant Registration office before a marriage can take place.

Type of marriage

If you are having a religious ceremony, you should speak to your Officiant before filling out your marriage notice forms as she/he will need to sign them.
Your forms should then be posted or delivered to the relevant Registration office. If you are having a civil wedding, you should make advance arrangements with the Registrar.  This is particularly important during busy times of the year.
If your wedding is in an Approved Venue, eg Hotel, then the Approval Holder and yourselves need to complete form AP1(a).  This proves that the Approved Venue permits the ceremony in their premises.

Returning your forms

Marriage notice forms do not have to be returned in person. However, at least one of you must visit the Registration  office before your ceremony to collect your marriage schedule, if you are having a religious marriage or, in the case of a civil marriage, to finalise arrangements with the Registration staff.
You will be asked to sign a declaration, stating that the information you and your partner have given is correct.
For Civil Marriages the Registration staff will also need further details from you such as readings, etc.
They can then prepare your marriage schedule from the information you have provided, allowing your wedding to take place.
A marriage notice form lasts for 12 months from the date of notice.

Ceremony times

Weekday ceremonies take place between the following times: Between 10 am and 4.30 pm
Saturday ceremonies take place between the following times: Between 10 am and 3.00 pm
Bank Holiday ceremonies take place between 10am and 1pm.

On the day

Full details of the ceremony format, including information about readings, music, etc will be discussed with you when to call at this office to finalise your ceremony details before your chosen date.
Details of your choice of format should be returned to the Registration Office no later than seven days before your ceremony date, along with any necessary documents or equipment.

Cancellation

If you change your plans or decide to postpone your ceremony, you must notify the relevant Registration office as soon as possible.
A £20 administration charge will be deducted from any monies being refunded.