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Before anyone can marry in England or Wales, each person has to give their own legal notice of intention. If both people are either British or an EU National then this notice is given to the Superintendent Registrar in the district where you live. If you live in different districts, individual notices must be given.
Both of you must have lived in a district in England or Wales for at least seven days immediately before giving a Notice of Marriage.
If one or both of you are foreign nationals under immigration control, you can give your notice to any one of the designated offices throughout England and Wales as long as you have lived in a district in England or Wales for at least seven days before giving a Notice of Marriage.
This notice can be given up to one year before the date of your wedding.
Once given, the notice will be displayed within the register office where it was given for 28 days. After that, as long as we have received and cleared all documents needed and there has been no legal objection, we will give permission for your marriage to go ahead.
In instances where one or both of the parties is a non-EEA national with limited or no immigration status the notice period may be extended to 70 days by the Home Office. You will not be able to get married until the 28 or 70 days have elapsed. Read the Home Office guidance.
You will be able to marry in any register office or approved premises in England or Wales, no matter where you live, but if you plan to marry in a religious building that is not in your area, you must be able to show that this is your usual place of worship.
Single sex marriages may only take place in a religious building that has applied for and has been granted a licence to perform single sex marriages.