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Giving notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership

Guidance for couples who wish to marry, or form a civil partnership.

Where to give notice

You must each give formal notice of your intention to marry, or to form a civil partnership, in person at a Registration Office in the district where you live.

Foreign nationals

If one party is a foreign national you will both be required to give notice of your intention to marry, or to form a civil partnership, in the same district at the same time. This can be a district in which either of you live, but you are required to have lived in that district for at least eight days before giving notice.

British nationals living abroad

British nationals living abroad must travel back together to give their notice of marriage or civil partnership - both parties must have fulfilled their required residency period as mentioned above; they must be able to provide an address in the district they attend, showing evidence that they have resided there for the prescribed period of time. 

When to give notice

The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is currently 28 clear days. The Schedule for marriage will be issued on day 29 after the date you give notice, and will be valid for twelve months. It is therefore a good idea to arrange to give your individual notices around six months before the date of your ceremony. 

What you will need

Information on what documents you will need to provide is available here: Documents you'll need to give notice (gov.uk) (opens new window).

Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals

For couples where one or both parties are non-EEA nationals, with limited or no immigration status, your application to marry will be referred to the Home Office and they may extend the notice period to 70 days. Additional fees may apply, which the Registration Service will advise you of when you book your appointment.

Frequently asked questions

Further information

For detailed information on the requirements for giving notice and applying for visas, visit: Check if you can get married or form a civil partnership (gov.uk) (opens new window).

Contact us

For more information, contact our ceremonies team by email: ceremonies@wiltshire.gov.uk (opens new window), or call 0300 003 4570.

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