Give notice to marry or form a civil partnership

Customer notice

COVID-19: Further to Government announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions, some services have now resumed on limited basis. Please go to the individual service webpage for further details.

Admission to the office is by appointment only. Customers without an appointment will not be admitted and should not travel to the office. Please contact us via email or telephone.

When arranging a ceremony in a register office, an approved premise or in a church (other than the Church of England) you are legally required to give notice.

Advice for couples who moved their ceremony date due to COVID-19 and whose notices will have expired before the new ceremony date:

  • The validity period of a notice is 12 months. There is no legal provision to extend this, therefore fresh notices will need to be given
  • For couples who had a ceremony booked between 20 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 and decided to move it due to the impact of COVID-19, the fee to give new notices will be waived.
  • New notices will need to be given no later than 31 March 2021
  • Any notices given after this time will be chargeable. Evidence of the original and rescheduled booking will be required

British and European Economic Area (EEA) nationals

You and your partner must both give separate notices in person to the superintendent registrar for the district where you live.

You need to give at least 29 days notice of your marriage or civil partnership and must prove you have lived in the district for a minimum of seven full days before attending your appointment.

You must also know the name of the ceremony venue when you give your notice.

Anyone wishing to give notice must be 18 years of age. Anyone under 18 you will need to obtain consent from their parents or legal guardians. Please contact the Register Office to obtain a consent form.

Find out what you need to bring to an appointment.

Non EEA nationals 

If you or your partner are non UK/EEA nationals, and subject to immigration control, you must go together to a designated register office in England and Wales to give your notice whether you are getting married or forming a civil partnership at a register office, an approved premise or in any church, including the Church of England.

Wandsworth Register Office is a designated register office.

Where one or both partners are subject to immigration control, Register Offices are required by law to inform the Home Office of the couple's intention to marry or form a civil partnership.

The Home Office will review each couple's case and will have new powers to extend the Notice period from 29 days to 71 days. It will be the Home Office who decide whether or not the wedding or civil partnership can proceed.

Couples who have a valid Marriage/Civil Partnership Visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Right of Abode in the UK will not be referred to the Home Office.

We work in close co-operation with the Home Office (Immigration) for the detection and prevention of sham marriages and civil partnerships.

Book an appointment

You can book an appointment online. We are open Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm, and Saturdays between 9am and 3pm by appointment only. If you have any queries please call 020 8871 6120.

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Giving notice to marry abroad

A marriage abroad will be legally recognised in the UK providing it was contracted according to the law of the country in which it took place. There is no requirement, or facility, to register the marriage in England afterwards. We therefore suggest you consider obtaining extra marriage certificates, and translations if necessary, whilst abroad.

Find out more about getting married abroad.