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Making Arrangements 

Civil Ceremony

If you wish to marry or form a civil partnership by civil ceremony, that is at a register office or other building approved for civil marriage and civil partnership you should first contact the Superintendent Registrar of the district where you wish to marry or form a civil partnership.

You may marry or form a civil partnership at any register office or approved premises of your choice in England or Wales. However, for a marriage or civil partnership in an approved premise, you will also need to make arrangements with the chosen venue. In addition you will both need to personally give a formal notice of marriage or civil partnership to the Superintendent Registrar of the district (s) where you live.
 
Church of England or Church in Wales

If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church in Wales - and generally you will be able to do so only if you or your partner live in the parish - you should first speak to the Vicar. If he/she is able to marry you he/she will arrange for the Banns to be called on three Sundays before the day of your ceremony or for a common licence to be issued. The Vicar will also register the marriage and there is generally no need to involve the local Superintendent Registrar.

Other Places of Religious Worship

If you wish to marry by religious ceremony other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales you should first arrange to see the Minister or other person in charge of marriages at the building. However, the Church or religious building in question must normally be in the registration district where you or your partner live. It will also be necessary for both of you to give formal notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live. A registrar may also need to be booked.



Page last updated on 29/10/2008