How Can I Register for a Gay Marriage?

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From March 13th 2014,
gay couples in England and Wales will be able to register their notice for marriage.

This is preparation for March 29th, when the first same-sex marriages will take place.

The registration process is very straightforward and identical to civil partnership registration. You can find our post about civil ceremonies here.



So, how do you register?



  • Firstly, you’ll need to give notice to a local register office, and the office will need to form part of the registration district that you've lived in for the preceding seven days. So, if you live in Redditch (and who wouldn't want to?) don’t think you can just rock up in Windsor on the day.

  • Ordinarily, you’ll need to allow 16 days to give notice, but there are a few exceptions. For example, if one of you is terminally ill.

  • If you’re opting for a religious ceremony then often they will register the notice for you.

  • The register office will display your notice to the public.

  • The current fee is £45 to register a marriage

  • You’ll need to take 2 forms of national identity: passport or birth certificate etc

  • You’ll also need to present a form with your name on it.

  • And you’ll also need to prove, if this is not your first marriage, that you’re divorced or widowed.

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