Notice of marriage or civil partnership
You both need to give your notice to marry or enter a civil partnership.
This means making a legal declaration that you are both free to marry/be civil partnered to each other and will require you to provide certain documents.
What you need to bring to the appointment
Deadline to give notices of marriage or civil partnership
Notice of marriage or civil partnership legally needs to be given no less than 29 days and may be longer for people subject to immigration control.
We would recommend that notices of marriage or civil partnership should be given a minimum of 8 weeks before the ceremony.
You must have lived in the local authority registration service district where you are giving your notice for 9 days or more.
How to give notices of marriage or civil partnership
Both parties need to give their notices to the Registration Service where they live. Unless you are subject to immigration control whereby you will need to attend to give notice together.
You need to book an appointment at a registration office to give notices.
If your marriage or civil partnership is booked within Northamptonshire and you live in the same registration district where you are getting married or forming a civil partnership, then you should book your notice appointment through your online account.
If your marriage or civil partnership is booked in a different registration district then you will need to approach your local registration service for an appointment.
There is a minimum fee of £35 each to give notices depending on when you want to book your appointment. Appointments are available on a Saturday subject to an additional fee. Please see our fees page for further information.
There is also an additional fee if you are subject to immigration control the registrar will advise you at your appointment if this is applicable to you.
If you are marrying in a Church of England and Wales and are either a British citizen, Irish citizen or a person who holds either EUSS settled status or pre-settled status you do not need the Registration Service as banns will be called. Please refer to the Vicar of the church to arrange this.
However, if one or both parties to the marriage is a foreign national and does not have EUSS settled or pre-settled status please email us: [email protected] to book a notice appointment.
Please remember that notices need to be displayed publicly for a 28 or 70-clear-day period after notice has been given before you can legally marry, so plan well ahead.
If you plan to marry in another place of worship within the North Northamptonshire registration district, please contact us. You can email [email protected] to make a notice appointment.
If it is outside of the North Northamptonshire registration district this must be the usual place of worship of either you or your partner. If this is the case, please email us to book your appointment.
If you are marrying in a non-Anglican church, a marriage may take place in a registered building situated in a district in which neither party lives if it is the usual place of worship for one or both parties.
Although there may be a registered building of the same denomination as the building proposed for the marriage, within the district(s) of residence, the parties have the right to be married in their usual place of worship.
The registrar does not need to see evidence that the building is the usual place of worship of either party but will question the parties giving notice and be satisfied of the truth of the statement.
If you are marrying in an Anglican church and it is not your usual place of worship, you will require a signed letter from the church to confirm they are happy to marry you.
If you are subject to immigration control and you are marrying in an Anglican church, you will need to have a signed letter from the church to confirm that if you were not subject to immigration control, you would be allowed to marry with banns.
Last updated 29 November 2023