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If you are a foreign national, it makes sense to enquire at your Embassy or Consulate (see Embassies section in this website) in order to comply with both your home country and the UK registration requirements for your marriage.

Normally the procedures are different if you are getting married in the UK or abroad. In some instances your Embassy may require to see evidence of publications made in the UK or vice-versa.

If you want a religious marriage ceremony, you can get married in any religious building that is registered for marriage. For civil marriages, you can attend a register office or an approved venue.
 

Religious Marriage

To marry in the Church of England, you normally just need to speak to the vicar of the church in which you wish to marry. The vicar will inform you of any need to carry out additional procedures or resister at your local council.

For other religious ceremonies, you should normally arrange to see the person in charge of marriages at the building in which you wish to marry. You normally need to live in the same district as the church or religious building and give formal notice at your local register office.

If you are subject to immigration control, additional formalities might be required.

Two people, who can act and sign as witnesses, will need to attend your wedding.
 

Civil Marriage

A civil marriage ceremony can take place in any venue approved by the local authority.  These normally include prestigious buildings, hotels and restaurants. You will need to give notice of marriage to your local council and two people, who can act and sign as witnesses, will need to attend your wedding.
 

Getting married abroad

If you would like to get married outside the UK, you should normally inquire with your Embassy (or the Embassy of the country involved if this is not your home country) in order to understand the formalities required. In such instances you are often required to produce from the UK a “certificate of non impediment”. In this case you should speak to your local council to understand the procedure needed to obtain this.

 
 
 
 
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This page was last updated on 30.12.2010
 
 
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