By law you need to register your intent to marry at your local register office in the district in which you live, unless you are getting married in a Church of England or Church in Wales – see religious ceremonies.
By giving notice you are making a legal declaration that you are both free to marry each other. We will require you to provide certain documents to prove your identity.
Your marriage cannot go ahead unless a notice of marriage has been completed. You must both give your own individual notice of marriage at the registry office of the area you live in (where you pay your Council Tax).
Where should we give notice?
Getting married in the borough
For a wedding taking place in Wigan and Leigh, and you live in the borough, you must book your ceremony date and time online and then give notice within the specified timescales.
For a wedding taking place in Wigan and Leigh, and you live outside of the borough, you must register at your local office but ensure that you have booked your ceremony date and time online before doing so.
Getting married outside of the borough
If you live in Wigan and Leigh, but are getting married outside of the borough, you will need to book a notice of marriage appointment with us. Remember to contact the district in which your ceremony is taking place to confirm they can accommodate your ceremony.
Our registry offices are located in the following locations:
Notices are by appointment only - To book your notice of marriage appointment at Wigan and Leigh login or register for MyAccount.
When should we give notice?
Before giving notice you must have lived within England or Wales for a minimum of 9 clear days.
You cannot give a notice more than 12 months before the date of marriage. A marriage cannot take place until 28 full days after you have given the notice, for example if notice is given on 1st October the ceremony may take place on or after 30th October.
We recommend the following timescales once you have booked your ceremony:
- Ceremony within the next 3 months - You both must give notice as soon as possible
- Ceremony within the next 4 -12 months - You both must give notice within one month of booking your ceremony
- Ceremony more than 12 months in advance - The earliest date is 12 months before and no later than 11 months before the date of the ceremony.
How much will it cost?
There is a non-refundable statutory fee of £35 per person to give notice of marriage (£70 per wedding/civil partnership).
Booking an appointment
To book your notice of marriage appointment at Wigan and Leigh login or register for MyAccount and select 'Registrars bookings and certificates'.
Before making an appointment with us, please be aware that:
- There is a £35 per person statutory fee by credit/debit card which is non-refundable and is paid when booking your appointment online
- You do not need to attend the appointment together, but you must both give your own individual notice of marriage. You can book a single or double person appointment
- You must arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time and allow at least one full working days' notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment
- You must ensure that you have already booked the registrar for your ceremony date and time if you're getting married in Wigan and Leigh
- If you're getting married in another district you must ensure that the registrar is available for the date and time you require before giving notice with us.
What will happen next?
Once you have given notice, the notice will be displayed publicly for 28 clear days in Wigan Register Office. This does not include the day on which you gave notice. On day 29, the documentation for your marriage will be produced.
If you are getting married in Wigan and Leigh (including registered buildings where a registrar needs to attend), the paperwork will be kept at Wigan Register office until the day of your wedding. If you are being married in another district, the paperwork will automatically be sent to that district electronically after the 28 day period.
If you are getting married abroad or in a church (that is not a Church of England or Church in Wales or a registered building where a registrar needs to attend), your certificate will be posted out to your home address on the day it is issued (unless you’ve requested to collect this).
What information do I need to bring when I give notice?
You will need to provide evidence of your name, age, nationality, marital status and address. If the correct documents are not available at your appointment we are unable to take your notice - you will need to make another appointment and pay the fee again.
Only original documents are accepted, we cannot accept photocopies. However, where proof of address is required, a printed copy of an electronic bill or bank statement is acceptable.
If either you, or your partner are subject to immigration control (any non-British or non-EEA including Swiss nationals), you must both go to a Designated Register Office to register your intent to marry.
We advise that you do this as soon as possible as the Home Office can extend the notice period from 29 clear days to 70 clear days if either party is subject to immigration control.
Designated register offices close to Wigan are:
Getting a passport in your new name
You can change your name on your passport before you get married by completing the form below and getting this signed by a registrar.
Complete your section of the form and hand it in at Wigan Register Office. We will complete the outstanding sections of the form and will post your form out to your home address within 24 hours.
There is a £20 fee for this, payable by card only when you hand your form in.