Giving notice of marriage

In this section

  1. Giving notice of marriage
  2. What you must bring to the appointment

You can marry or register a civil partnership at any register office or approved premises of your choice in England and Wales.

You must give notice of your intention to marry or register a civil partnership in the district in which you live or have lived for the preceding seven days.

The notices must be displayed to the public for 28 days before authority can be given and the ceremony can take place. 

If you are a foreign national subject to immigration control, the notice must be publicly displayed for a minimum of 28 days but possibly up to 70 days subject to Home Office referral and investigation. 

The notice says where you want to marry or register your civil partnership and is valid for 12 months. The marriage can only take place at the venue you name on the notice of marriage so you must choose your venue before you give notice.

You must give notice in person. It cannot be done by someone else or over the telephone. 

How much does it cost?
 Notice  £35 per person
 Notice for people subject to the Home Office referral and investigation scheme  £47 per person
 Booking fee for the notice appointment (Monday to Friday)  £10 per appointment, non-refundable

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