Getting married

2. Notice of intention

Appointment only

You must make an appointment with the Register Office to give your notice of intention to marry. Call us on 0161 217 6007 to book your appointment.

Due to high demand the Register Office is prioritising appointments for giving notice of marriage. Please only contact the office if your ceremony is taking place within the next 3 months.

Before you can marry in a register office, approved premises or non-Anglican church, you must both give notice of your intention to marry. A fee of £35 per person will be charged for giving each notice.

Legal notice may be given up to 12 months before the date of the wedding. The notice is a legal statement, which can only be given and signed by the persons getting married. You cannot ask a friend or relative to give notice for you. The notices must be given in person and not online.

The following conditions apply to giving notice of your intention to marry:

  • you must both have lived in a district in England and Wales for 7 completed days before the date you both give notice of your marriage
  • this is normally your home address. Notice must be given to your local register office where you've acquired this residency
  • if you both live in the same district it's recommended that you attend the register office together to give your notices
  • if you live in a different district to the person you're marrying, you must give notice in both districts

If one or both of you is not a British Citizen or EEA national and therefore subject to immigration control, you must give notice together at a designated register office - that is a register office that can take notices from non British and non EEA nationals. Please contact the register office for advice.

If you choose to marry in a register office or approved venue outside the district where you live, you must first contact the Superintendent Registrar of the district where the venue is located, to make a provisional booking with them.

After you've given notice, you must wait at least 28 days after both notices have been given before your marriage can take place.