Marriage and civil ceremonies

Herefordshire is a beautiful county and offers a wide range of venues set within stunning scenery. Your special day can take place in our statutory room at the Register Office, the Oak Room at the Town Hall or at other premises approved by Herefordshire Council (for example a hotel, castle or country house). If you don't live in Herefordshire you can still hold your ceremony in the county.

You can find all the information and guidance you need to get married on the government's web pages on marriages and civil partnerships.

It is important to remember that:

  • Your marriage cannot take place unless the legal formalities have been completed
  • Both parties must give a separate notice of marriage or civil partnership in person to the Superintendent Registrar for the Registration District where they live, this cannot be done on your behalf. You are required to make an appointment at least 28 days before the day of your wedding. All fees must be paid at least 6 weeks (42 days) before the ceremony. A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months and must be valid at the time of your ceremony
  • Where an advance booking for a marriage or civil partnership has been made, it is essential that a formal notice is given to the Superintendent Registrar once you are legally able to do so

Making arrangements

  • We can take bookings for ceremonies between 12 months and 2 years to the day in advance
  • A non-refundable and non-transferable £50 deposit is payable once the provisional booking has been confirmed by the Registration Service, either by email or letter with a copy of the provisional booking
  • Contact us to book your ceremony

Witnesses

On the day of the ceremony you will need to bring with you at least two other people who are prepared to witness the legalities and sign the formal schedule. Witnesses need to be over the age of 18 and understand the legalities of what they are witnessing.

Notice of marriage/civil partnership

You must have read and understood all the information on this page, particularly the legal requirements and immigration sections, which contain details about what you need to bring with you to give notice.

By law you must give a notice of marriage or civil partnership, which is a formal declaration of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales.

The marriage/civil partnership can only take place at the venue you name on the notice(s). If you change the venue you will have to give, and pay for, the notice(s) again, so you need to have booked your venue before you can give notice. The notice(s) will only last for exactly 12 months from the date of the appointment.

Legal requirements

  • Before a marriage or civil partnership can take place it is necessary for a notice of marriage to be given
  • Both parties will need to give in person a separate notice of marriage or civil partnership to the local registration office
  • Documents required by each person:
    • Valid passport or full birth certificate if you were born in the UK before 1983. If you were born after 1983, you will need to provide your Full UK birth certificate and the full birth certificate of your natural mother if she was also born in the UK.
    • Proof that you are free lawfully to enter into a marriage or civil partnership. A decree absolute, partnership dissolution or death certificate. If your divorce was not granted in a UK court, you will be required to pay a fee at the time of your appointment for consideration of the validity of the documentation. This fee does not guarantee that the document will be approved.
    • Change of name deed
    • Valid driving licence (provisional or full) or Council Tax bill (current financial year only) or bank statement (no older than three months) or utility bill (no older than three months)
    • Fee of £35 each

Some divorces/dissolutions can be approved at your notice appointment for a fee of £50.

However, in many cases the documentation will need to be sent off to be considered by the General Register Office for a fee of £75.

We are unable to determine which fee will be payable, until you provide the documentation at your appointment. You must also provide a translation of the document (if applicable) at the time of giving notice.

Please note:

  • Photocopies will not be accepted. Registrars will be able to refuse to issue their authority for a marriage to proceed if they are not satisfied that a person is free to marry or enter into a civil partnership in this country
  • Registration Officers have a legal duty to report any marriage or civil partnership they suspect has been arranged for the sole purpose of evading the statutory immigration controls

Booking your notice of marriage

Do you live in Herefordshire?

NO If you do not live in Herefordshire you will need to give notice in the place you live. Please make an appointment with your local registration office.

YES Contact us to book your appointment.

Immigration

Changes for those subject to immigration control

Immigration laws changed on 1 July 2021 to reflect changes brought about following the exit from the EU.

All register offices in England and Wales are specified offices. This means that where one or both parties is subject to immigration control, notice of marriage or civil partnership will need to be given together at a district where either one or both parties live.

Visa requirements

If you are entering the UK for the purpose of marrying or entering into civil partnership you must check with the UKVI that you have the correct visa to do so. This would usually be a marriage or civil partnership visa. The Registration Service are unable to offer any advice regarding immigration matters, please contact the Home Office.

Proof of immigration status

You must give your notices together at the Register Office covering the district in which you have both lived for the preceding seven clear days. If you both live in different registration districts you must give your notices together at either Register Office.

In addition to the documents you need to provide when giving notice, you must provide evidence of your immigration status:

  • Proof of settled, pre-settled or pending EUSS status, including the 9-digit alphanumeric share code from the GOV.UK website
  • Valid biometric residence permit
  • Valid UK visa/entry clearance in passport
  • Valid Home Office endorsement in passport
  • Valid UK residence permit in passport

If you do not have the correct proof, your marriage will be referred to the Home Office, who may decide to extend your notice period for 70 days if they wish to investigate further. The marriage or civil partnership cannot take place until approval is granted by the Home Office. The fee for this type of notice is £47 each. For more information see the Marriages and civil partnerships page on GOV.UK.

Abuse of immigration laws

We are working with the Home Office to identify marriages and civil partnerships which seek to abuse UK immigration laws.

Anyone found to be arranging, facilitating, or entering into a marriage or civil partnership solely to gain permission to stay in the UK risks arrest or prosecution. Foreign nationals may also face deportation and be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 14 years.

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