Plan your wedding day – legal formalities and fees

The General Register Office has announced that the fee for certificates will increase by £7.00 as of 16 February 2019.

This fee is relevant for all ceremonies on or after this date. Please see below our amended fees which include one copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate.

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. The fee for this is £35.00 each. 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, ceremony bookings can be made two years in advance.


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:

  • valid passports as evidence of identity and nationality
  • if you do not have a valid passport, full birth certificates, and if you are born after 1st January 1983 you will need your Mother’s birth certificate. If your mother was also born after 1st January 1983 you will need to bring your maternal grandmother’s birth certificate.
  • Proof of residence in the form of a utility bill dated within the last three months, current year’s council tax bill, bank statement dated within one month or valid 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

1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£197
Friday£282
Saturday£282
Sunday£307
Bank holidays£307
Special days

24 December, 27 December, 31 December 2018

£307
DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£427
Friday£467
Saturday£487
Sunday and Bank Holidays£507
Special days

24 December, 27 December and 31 December 2018

£507

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.


1 April 2019 – 31 March 2021

DayRegistration office ceremony rooms
Monday to Thursday£227
Friday£307
Saturday£307
Sunday£332
Bank holidays£332
Special days

24 December, 27 December, 31 December

£332

 

DayApproved Premises
Monday to Thursday£457
Friday£497
Saturday£517
Sunday£537
Bank holidays£537
Special days

24 December, 27 December, 31 December

£537

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.


Who will attend your appointments and ceremony?

Registration Officer

The registration officers will normally be your first point of contact with us. 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 officers 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.

Ceremony Officers

Your ceremony will be performed by a team of two ceremony officers (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, over the age of 16 and able to speak and understand English.


Changes to your passport

Some countries and airlines 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 your passport details

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

How to change your passport details

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 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