You can give notice up to 12 months before your ceremony date, but please bear in mind there must be at least 28 days between giving notice and the ceremony taking place. For individuals subject to immigration control, the waiting period may be extended to 70 days by The Home Office.
We recommend that you give notice at least three months before your ceremony. You must give notice in the local authority district where you live and have lived there for seven clear days.
If you live in different registration districts you should give notice separately. You don't have to do this on the same day as each other.
Please note that you can't give notice of your marriage without your venue being booked beforehand.
Cost for this service
The statutory fee for giving notice of marriage is £35 per person, or £47 per person if one or both of you are subject to immigration control.
The is payable on the day the notice is given and we only accept card payments.
We offer appointments to give notice Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3.30pm. The Register Office is closed on the first Wednesday of each month until 1pm.
Documents to bring
At the appointment you'll need to provide us with:
- information about yourself and your partner
- proof of your current address
- proof of your name, age and nationality.
All documents provided must be originals and not photocopies and need to be current.
We will not be able to take the notice if any of the following are not provided. Please ensure all evidence you bring are original documents: