Whether you're born and bred, or visiting the UK for a destination wedding, there is certain documents you'll need to tie the knot.
Getting married in the UK is a given for many couples, and a life long dream for others! Nevertheless, its an exciting day for you, your partner and your families. In fact, it should be one of the happiest days of your life! To make sure that it’s memorable for the right reasons, you’ll have to plan everything properly. Between the rings, dresses, guests and venues, you’ll also need to know what documents are needed to get legally married in the UK.
Weddings in the UK: What types of weddings are there?
UK law recognises both civil and religious weddings. Civil ceremonies can take place at a registry office or approved venue. When it comes to religious weddings, you can currently get married by having an Anglican, Roman Catholic, Jewish or Quaker ceremony. Check with your wedding venue of choice for details.
In England and Wales, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnership into a marriage. Also, same-sex couples can marry in a civil ceremony but currently they still can’t marry in the Church of England and the Church of Wales.
What are the legal requirements to get married in the UK?
You must be at least 16 years old to get married, or form a civil partnership in the UK. If you're under 18 years old in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland you'll need to obtain parental permission. On the day of the marriage, two witnesses must also be present.
What paperwork and documentation do you need to get married in the UK?
Once you're ready to register for your marriage, you'll need to take the below items to your local registry office of the district that you intend to get married in:
Proof of name (e.g. valid passport)
Proof of age (e.g. birth certificate)
Proof of any name changes
Proof of nationality (e.g. valid passport, national identity card)
Proof of address (e.g. valid driving licence, recent utility bill, etc.)
A decree absolute or final order (if applicable)
The death certificate of your former partner (if applicable)
Entry visa (if applicable)
Details of where and when you intend to get married.
You must give at least 29 days notice at your local registry office. You must also complete your ceremony within the 12 months of giving notice.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Legally Married in the UK?
When you're ready to give notice about your upcoming nuptials, you each need to pay a £35 fee at the registry office. The fee is £47 if you or your partner is from outside the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.A marriage certificate costs £11 and is sent 4 days after you apply for one.