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How and when to give notice for marriage

alt="" Both parties must submit their completed marriage notice forms, relevant documents, declarations and fees to the Registrar of Marriages in the district where the marriage is to take place. Details of the notice will be placed on public display at the Registrar’s office.

Timing of marriage notice

Notice for all marriages must be given in the twelve month period prior to the date of the marriage. The notices must be submitted early enough to enable the Registrar to be satisfied that both parties are free to marry one another.

Normally, notices should be with the Registrar about eight weeks before the marriage, but if either of you have been married before, the notices should be with the Registrar ten weeks before.

The minimum period is 28 days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave things as late as this you could be faced with the need to postpone your marriage.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Registrar General authorise a marriage to take place if 28 days notice has not been given.

The notice forms may be submitted in person or by post to the Registrar.

Prior to the date of the marriage, the parties may be requested to attend the Registrar’s Office to finalise the arrangements, and/or collect the marriage schedule.