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Getting married guide

In order to form a marriage or civil partnership, you must complete the following steps:

Step one: select the time & place 

A venue that suits you and your partner is a huge part of having a day to remember, so picking the venue is the first port of call. There are a number of different venues to choose from:

You must decide where you wish to form a marriage or civil partnership before you can complete any legal paperwork.

Step two: book your registrars 

As soon as you decide on a venue, you must check to see that there is a registrar available to conduct the ceremony. You will need to arrange a registrar from the district in which the ceremony is taking place.

If you're getting married in Tower Hamlets, please email ceremonies@towerhamlets.gov.uk with your name and telephone number and a member of our team will be in touch.

Step three: give your notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership

Once you have chosen the venue for your ceremony, formal notice of marriage or civil partnership has to be given by each of you personally at the register office in the district where you live.

Once notice is given for a specific venue, you are unable to change it without giving a new notice.

Find out everything you need to know about giving notice.

Marriage in a religious building

If you are getting married in a Church of England church, or a Church in Wales, you may not need to do anything with the Register Office unless you are subject to immigration control.

If you wish to marry in another relgious venue, you must meetin critera.

For any mariage queries, please check the gov.uk website for further information before placing your notice of intent to marry.