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Getting married

Due to the UK Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of 23 March 2020 and governmental advice issued since then, ceremonies are only taking place with limited availability, guest numbers and content. Social distancing restrictions are in place.

The above approach may change as information from the government is updated on a daily basis. Please check our webpages on a regular basis.

There will no additional charges if you wish to rebook your ceremony to a later date, if the statutory ‘Notice of Intention to Marry/Civil Partnership’ has not expired.

If the statutory ‘Notice of Intention to Marry/Civil Partnership’ is due to expire on or before the date of the rebooked ceremony, then you will need to give fresh 'Notice of Intention to Marry/Civil Partnership' and this will incur the required statutory fee and the waiting period of 28 clear days will apply.

If you wish to cancel your ceremony the usual cancellation fees will apply.

You don’t have to give notice if you’re getting married in a Church of England church, unless one or both of you are foreign nationals subject to immigration control.

If you live in Birmingham and wish to get married in a different venue, you must first give notice of your intention to marry at least 29 days before the ceremony.

To give notice you will need to have booked the venue for your ceremony. Possible places to get married include:

If you want to get married abroad, contact the country’s embassy in the UK.  They will tell you which documents you need. Please also see Gov.UK’s guidance on getting married abroad.