Getting Married in Worcestershire
A civil wedding can currently take place at any
Registration Office or Approved Premise in Worcestershire, at a
mutually convenient time. You do not have to live within the County
to have one of our special ceremonies.
If you wish to marry by civil ceremony in Worcestershire, that
is at a Register Office or other approved premises, you should
first contact 0845 603 2859. However, for a ceremony in an approved
premises, you will also need to make arrangements at the venue in
question. In addition both parties will need to give in person a
separate notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar for the
Registration District where they live.
A non refundable deposit is payable at the
time of booking the registrar for a ceremony. This is currently £50
and is applicable to the booking of any ceremony.
We are also now able to take bookings for
ceremonies between 12 months and 2 years. There is an additional
non refundable advanced booking fee of £50 which is also
required at the time of booking, which is not part of the
attendance fee for the registrar.
A notice of marriage is valid for twelve months. You
therefore may not give notice of marriage to the Registrar more
than twelve months before the date of your marriage.
Before a marriage 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 to the Superintendent
Registrar of the District where they live. Documents (eg divorce
decree absolute, birth certificate, a current valid full passport)
will be requested by the Superintendent Registrar. Photocopies will
not be accepted. Superintendent 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 in this Country.
Registration Officers have a legal duty to report any marriage they
suspect has been arranged for the sole purpose of evading the
statutory immigration controls. There are new rules relating to those
subject to immigration control while in the UK.
On the day of the wedding you will need to bring with you at
least two other people who are prepared to witness the marriage and
sign the marriage register.
A fee is payable for:
- The giving of a Notice of Marriage by each of the parties.
- The attendance of a Registrar to register the marriage.
- A certified copy of an entry in the Marriage Register (Marriage
These fees are set by Parliament and may change each year. For
marriages at approved premises in Worcestershire there is a fee set
by Worcestershire County Council for the attendance of the
Superintendent Registrar and Registrar.
Same sex marriage
Same sex couples not in an existing legal relationship will be
able to give notice of marriage from Thursday 13th March 2014. The
first marriage for same sex couples will therefore be able to take
place on Saturday 29th March 2014 and provisional bookings are now
being taken for marriages to be held from 29th March onwards.
For those currently in civil partnerships there will be a
process by which the civil partnership can be converted to a
marriage. However, this will not be available until towards the end
of 2014 when phase 2 of the legislation is introduced.
Further information can be found on the
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 in person
to the Superintendent Registrar for the Registration District where
they live. This cannot be done on your behalf
Where an advance booking for a marriage has been made, it is
essential that a formal notice be given to the Superintendent
Registrar once you are legally able to do so.
If you wish to know more about marriage ceremonies at Register
Offices or at approved premises in Worcestershire please contact
0845 603 2859 for details. While a ceremony of marriage in the
presence of a Superintendent Registrar cannot, by law, contain any
religious aspects, it may be possible with the agreement of the
registration officers attending the ceremony, for you to include
non religious music and/or poetry readings and for a video to be
made of the wedding.
The information contained in these pages is for general guidance
and is not a complete statement of the law. For further information
on any aspect of civil wedding ceremonies please contact 0845
6032859 Telephone numbers and addresses of the District
Registration Offices can be found on the Registration
If you would like your own copy of the Worcestershire Civil Wedding
Guide, please email the Register Office
for a brochure to be sent in the post, alternatively view the
Wedding Guide 2013 online or download the Worcestershire Civil
Wedding Guide in PDF format (4 MB).
Marriage Under Foreign Local Law
A marriage solemnized in a foreign
country will be registered in that country under local law.
However, marriages of British subjects in a foreign country cannot
be registered here unless one of the couple is a serving member of,
or attached to, the British Armed Forces at the time of the
marriage. In these cases, the marriage can be registered by
the appropriate service authority upon application and submission
of satisfactory proof of the marriage. A certified copy of
the entry may be obtained from the service registering officer who
will send copies of entries in the service register to the
Registrar General bi-annually. Marriage certificates can then
be obtained, at the usual fees, from the General Register Office
Where registration in this country is not possible
there is provision for a record of the marriage to be held in the
United Kingdom under the Foreign Marriage Order 1970, where one of
the couple to the marriage is a British Subject. These
provisions do not apply to every marriage which takes place
overseas. Information on whether or not deposit of a foreign
marriage document is possible can be obtained from the General
Register Office on 0300 123 1837.
This page was last reviewed 5 March 2014 at 13:16.
The page is next due for review 1 September 2015.