If you wish to be married in a religious building your first step will be to contact the minister or leader of the congregation to discuss the date and time for your wedding.
Unless you are getting married in the Church of England or the Church in Wales you will then need to begin the legal preliminaries for your wedding by giving what is known as your “notice of intention to marry”. In order to do this you should contact any of the Register Offices in Leicestershire.
The religious building will usually have someone who has been appointed to register marriages in that building. You will then need to contact the Register Office in whose district the building is located to arrange for one of their registration officers to be allocated to register your marriage. This should be done as soon as you have made the arrangements with the minister or leader.
If you wish to get married in the Church of England or the Church in Wales you will need to contact the vicar of the particular church. He/she will explain to you about the completion of the legal preliminaries. Usually this will involve the publishing of Banns or the issue of a common licence. As a general rule there is no need for you to involve the Register Office. However the vicar will advise you if it is necessary.
What information will I have to provide?
When you visit the Registration Office to give formal notice of your marriage or civil partnership, the documentation that will be required when you give notice is as follows:
- Full Birth certificate
- Evidence of nationality - You must bring your passport and one other form of ID e.g. medical card
- Evidence of address - Council Tax Bill, Utility bill, bank statement, photo driving licence.
- if you have changed your name, any documentary evidence relating to the change (Change of Name Service/statutory Declaration)
- If you are under 18 years old, parental consent form
- Payment - See Registration Fees page
If you are unable to produce these documents, please contact the office prior to your appointment.
Original copies of all documents are required. Photocopies are not acceptable.
If either of you have been married or entered a civil partnership before you will need to bring documentary evidence that the marriage/civil partnership has ended and that you are free to marry:
- Decree absolute following divorce
- Decree of dissolution of civil partnership
- Death Certificate if a widow/widower
If you fail to bring these documents then your notice appointment may not be taken.
Page Last Updated: 12 April 2013