Legal formalities and fees

Giving legal notice of marriage

Before your ceremony can take place you will need to give legal notice of your marriage in your local registration district. If you and your partner live in different areas, you will both need to give legal notice in your own district unless you are subject to immigration control. You must have lived in your district at least seven days before giving legal notice If you are coming from abroad the day of arrival does not count and legal notice cannot be given until the ninth day. For example, if arrival day is Tuesday, legal notice cannot be given until the following Wednesday.

The earliest date the legal notice of marriage can be given is 12 months before the wedding ceremony and no less than 29 days before the ceremony. however you can still make a provisional booking for a ceremony at any of our registration offices up to two years in advance (especially if you want a special date).

Documentation

(Please check with your local register office what you will need to provide).

At your notice appointment you will need to produce the following documents:

  • passports as evidence of identity and nationality;
  • full birth certificates (if passports are not valid), and if you are born after 1st January 1983 you will need your Mother’s birth certificate;
  • some proof of residence in the form of a recent utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement or driving licence;
  • evidence showing how any previous marriages or civil partnerships have ended;
  • evidence of any name changes.

The notices will be placed on public display for a period of 28 clear days.

Fees

1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017

DayRegistration office ceremony roomsApproved venues
Monday to Thursday£185£360
Friday£195£425
Saturday£200£460
Sunday£260£485
Bank holidays£300£490
Special days (Christmas Eve, Council Christmas Bank Holiday, New Years Eve)£300£490

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £200 when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date. The next fee review is on the 1st April 2017 and the amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.


1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£185
Friday and Saturday morning£200
Friday and Saturday afternoon (12.00 onwards)£250
Sunday£270
Bank holidays£300
Special day New Years Eve 2017£300

 

DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£420
Friday£450
Saturday£470
Sunday£490
Bank holidays£495
Special day New Years Eve 2017£495

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £120 when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date. The amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.


1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£190
Friday and Saturday morning£250
Friday and Saturday afternoon (12.00 onwards)£275
Sunday£300
Bank holidays£325
Special day New Years Eve 2018£325

 

DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£420
Friday£460
Saturday£480
Sunday & Bank Holidays£500
Special day New Years Eve 2017£500

A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable at the time of booking one of our ceremony rooms, or £120 when booking an approved venue. Balance of fees are due 12 weeks before the ceremony date. The amount payable will be the fee applicable on the day of your ceremony.

Please refer to our Warwickshire Registration Service Terms and conditions in the documents and downloads section to the right of the page.

Who will attend your appointments and ceremony?

Registration Officer

The Registration Officers will normally be your first point of contact within the Registration Service; they will deal with any initial enquiries and queries that you may have. If you are planning on having your ceremony at one of our Registration Offices, they will be able to discuss availability and book the venue for you. If you have chosen to use an approved premise then the Registration Support Officer will be able to book you a registrar.

The Registration Officers will be on hand throughout the process to advise you on fees, the legal requirements and answer any queries you may have.

Please refer to our Warwickshire Registration Service Terms and conditions in the documents and downloads section to the right of the page.

Ceremony Officers

Your ceremony will be performed by a team of two ceremony officers or registrars. They will meet with you on the day of your ceremony and carry out your pre-ceremony interviews. One of the team will perform your ceremony, while the other records the details in the marriage register.

Interpreters

All registrations and ceremonies are held in English so if either one of you cannot speak or understand English then you must provide an interpreter. Please discuss this with the registration officer who takes your notice of marriage, to be sure the legal requirements are met.

Witnesses

You will need two adults to be your witnesses. They can be friends or relatives, but should be over the age of 16 and able to speak understand English.

Changes to your passport

Some countries may not accept a passport where the name has not been changed, even if you take your marriage certificate with you. Check with your travel agent or the country’s consulate if you’re in doubt. If you are going abroad, remember to book any travel tickets in the name you will have in your passport at the time of travelling.

When you can change it

You can change your passport details at any time up to three months before the wedding, although you will not be able to use your passport until the actual day of your wedding. The forms can be filled in once you have given your legal notice of marriage.

How to change it

If you want your passport to be changed in time for your trip, you will need to apply to the Passport Office for a new standard UK passport.

Application forms are available at post offices, and you will need to complete a PD2 form. Once you have given your legal notice of marriage, the forms can be filled in. The registration officer or Minister of Religion conducting your ceremony will need to complete the PD2 form form for you.

This should then be sent to the Passport Office, together with the application for a passport or amendment to your passport.

Passports for newly weds and civil partners

Foreign national

You need a visa to come to the UK to give legal notice notice of marriage, get married, or enter a civil partnership if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, and subject to immigration control. This includes people who don’t normally require visas for general visits.

Further information – Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK

Legal formalities and fees was last updated on March 17, 2017.


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