Getting Married in the UK? Here’s what you need to do first
For many, their wedding day has been in the planning stage for months; obsessing over venues, bridal gowns, guests and food. For others, a marriage is simply a way to formally signify a partnership and requires no more than essentials. Regardless of how you choose to spend your wedding day there are actually a few steps that need to be taken before getting married.
What you need to do to get married in the UK
Give at least 28 days notice of marriage
In the UK, in order for your marriage or civil partnership to be legal you need to give at least 28 days notice at your local register office. There is an exception to this
However if you are a British citizen or from the European Economic Area (EEA) getting married in an Anglican church you normally will not need to register your marriage
Documents you will need to register your marriage
As a marriage is legally binding, you will require a number of documents to prove your identification. The register office will require proof of you name, age and nationality; along with proof of address. Many will also require photographic identification.
- Current passport (proof of nationality)
- Birth Certificate (proof of age)
- Certificate of naturalisation
- European Economic Area national identity card
- Deed poll documentation if you have had a change of name
- Current UK or EEA drivers licence
- A current utility bill which shows your address
- Bank statement from the last 12 months which shows your current address
- Tenancy agreement which shows your current address
If you have been married in the past and are divorced or widowed you will need to also take along a decree absolute or final order, or the death certificate of your former spouse.
Once you have registered your marriage, your intention will be displayed in the register office for 28 days. From there your marriage registration is valid for on year for marriages and civil partnerships.
Planning on Marrying Abroad?
If you are planning a destination wedding outside of the UK then you will most likely require a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI). This is an official government issued document that clearly indicates that there are no objections to your marriage, you are free to marry.
To obtain a Certificate of No Impediment, inform the registry office when you are applying for your register your marriage.
This document should be taken with you overseas and given to the correct government body who requires this document.