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How to Marry in the UK

The UK offers a wide choice of stunning venues for a marriage abroad, from Scottish castles to English country manors, from Welsh cottages to London bars, there are many stunning venues where you can plight your troth. The laws are slightly different in Scotland to those in England and Wales, so make sure you have decided on your venue location before you go to the registrar.  

Below are the legalities for marrying in the UK, to help you plan your perfect wedding.

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England and Wales Civil Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in England and Wales?
Legal age for marriage without parental consent is 18 years for both men and women, or 16 years old if you have parental consent.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses are required.

 

How long do I have to be resident in England or Wales before I can get married?
One of you must be resident in the UK in order to get married in England or Wales.

 

Getting a marriage licence
You must give at least 28 days notice of your intent to marry at the Register Office in the district in which you wish to marry, so you will need to register your intent at least 29 days before your marriage date.
If one of you is not an EEC national then the notice period may be extended to 70 days. 

 

What legal papers do I need to take with me?
When giving notice to marry you must provide evidence of your name, address, date of birth and nationality.
This evidence includes: Birth Certificates, passports, driving licence (you must bring 2 of these), recent utility bill, bank statement or council tax bill .
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.

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Scotland Civil Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in Scotland?
Legal age for marriage is 16 years for both men and women. No parental consent is required once you reach 16 years old.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses are required.

 

How long do I have to be resident in Scotland before I can get married?
One of you must be resident in the UK in order to get married in Scotland.

 

Getting a marriage licence
You must give at least 28 days notice of your intent to marry at the Register Office in the district in which you wish to marry, so you will need to register your intent at least 29 days before your marriage date.
You must give notice to marry and the registrar should have your notice at least 4 weeks before the wedding, or, if you have been married before then at least 6 weeks before. The minumum time for the registrar to receive your marriage notice is 15 days beforehand but this is not recommended.
If one of you is not an EEC national then the notice period may be extended to 70 days.

 

What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Birth Certificates
Passports
Witness form
If you live outside the UK and are not a British, Australian, New Zealand or Canadian citizen then you must provide a Certificate of No Impediment.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.

Download Scotland marriage forms here.

All documents must be translated into English by a certified translator

Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.

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UK Marriage Registrar's
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You must register your intent to marry at your local registry office in the district where you wish to marry.





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