Urgent marriage (death bed wedding)
The Registrar General can authorise marriages to take place at short notice in circumstances where one of the parties is seriously ill, not expected to recover and cannot be moved to a place where a marriage could normally take place. This is known as a marriage by Registrar Generals Licence.
A twenty-four hour service is available every day of the year to provide for arrangements to be made for marriages by Registrar General's Licence. The service can be accessed by contacting us or, if outside of normal opening hours, by telephoning Wakefield Council Contact Centre on 0345 8 506 506.