L e g a l M a t t e r s


In the UK, a marriage can take place between 8am and 6pm any day of the week, but restrictions can apply in individual churches and registry offices. Witnesses at your wedding must be over eighteen years old. The minimum age to marry is sixteen. Those under eighteen must have written consent from their parent or legal guardian before a marriage can take place.


Each person has to give notice of marriage in the registration district where you live. You must have lived in this district for at least seven days before giving notice of marriage. The notice needs to be done at least 15 days before your wedding date. A ‘Marriage authority’ is issued. The authority must be given to the registrar or minister conducting the marriage.

Notice of Marriage is valid for twelve months and therefore cannot be given for at least twelve months before the wedding date.  There is a fee for this.

Documents needed for your notice of marriage:-

1 PROOF OF IDENTITY                        Birth Certificate or Passport

2 EVIDENCE OF RESIDENCE             Driving License, Utility Bill (at least 2/3 months old)

3 IF DIVORCED                                       Decree Absolute

4 IF WIDOWED                                       Death Certificate

5 IF UNDER 18                                         Written Consent

6 IF APPLICABLE                                    Name Change Details

This is just the basic information for the legal matters of a wedding – there are more guidelines on the government website in the UK here – https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships

If you are getting married abroad you can click here 



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