Giving Notice of Marriage
IMPORTANT: New National Restrictions from 5 November
Can I attend an appointment to give notice?
Government guidance provides that a Civil Registration Office is one of the public services which will stay open and you are able to leave home to visit them. This means you can arrange and attend an appointment.
In order to get married in England or Wales one of the parties to the marriage must have resided in England or Wales. Before you can be married in England or Wales you must each give a notice of your intention to marry to the Superintendent Registrar in the District where you live. Please note this does not apply to the Church of England or Church of Wales.
If you are unsure where to give your notice, it is the register office in the local authority area to which you pay your Council Tax.
Notice cannot be given until you have decided on a venue and no more than 12 months in advance.
The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is 28 clear days. Please note that if you are a non-EEA national different regulations may apply. Further information can be found at gov.uk.
We are able to offer appointments for persons who reside in the Wakefield District to give notice of their marriage or civil partnership where there ceremony is scheduled to take place in the next 16 weeks.
We are unable to schedule appointments for anyone whose ceremony is more than 16 weeks away.
Once you are within 16 weeks of your ceremony date please contact us to arrange an appointment to give notice on 03454852888. It is extremely important that our phone lines are available for those persons who need to contact us for other services so unless you are within the timescale outlined please do not contact us by telephone or attend our offices without an appointment.
If you have previously given notice of marriage or civil partnership and this has expired because you had to reschedule your ceremony due to Covid-19, we can advise that you will have to arrange an appointment to give notice again. However, the Council will waive the fee for giving notice of marriage where you have rescheduled your ceremony at the same venue and notice has or will expire prior to the new ceremony date.
We will only offer an appointment in line with the payment previously made i.e. £35 midweek, £47 weekend. No refund will be given if you choose to attend a midweek appointment rather than weekend.
We will charge the fee for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership where you have chosen to reschedule your ceremony to a new venue.
Summary of Notice fees for ceremonies cancelled due to Covid-19
If you were previously in a marriage or civil partnership which was dissolved in a foreign country an additional statutory fee is payable at the time of your notice appointment.
Please note that Notices of Marriage and Notices of Civil Partnership for the Wakefield District can be viewed in the reception area of Wakefield Town Hall.
Attending your appointment
- If you become symptomatic and show signs of Covid-19 or are isolating you must contact us to reschedule your appointment.
- You must comply with the social distancing measures put in place at the office you choose to attend.
- We recommend that children do not attend the appointment. Where you are unable to secure childcare and have to bring children to the appointment you are responsible for supervising them at all times and ensuring they follow social distancing guidelines. If you are unable to do this you will be asked to leave the appointment.
- You must have your own ID on your person. We request that if as a couple you have consecutive appointments scheduled that the other person waits outside of the building and only attends reception at the time of their appointment.
- If you require the use of a translator, please advise us of this prior to the appointment so we can explain the process.
- Please do not attend the office without a confirmed appointment.
- Customers are invited to bring their own pen(s) to sign the register. An alternative is available should this be forgotten.
In line with government guidance we request that you wear a face covering to your appointment, unless exempt due to age, health or equality reasons. When wearing a face covering you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after taking it off and it is important that you don’t touch your face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.
Documents to bring
There are certain documents you will need to provide to give notice, these are outlined in our Information for giving notice of marriage
document. It essential you bring these to your appointment as failure to do so will mean scheduling another appointment will be necessary and another fee will be charged.
How we have made our premises Covid-19 Secure
- Appointment times are staggered to promote social distancing. To avoid unnecessary queues and to prevent people from gathering in waiting areas we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment. If you arrive early we will be unable to accommodate you in the building. If you arrive late you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.
On arrival you will be asked by reception if you are well: if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. If you are unwell you will be asked to leave. You will be asked to use alcohol hand gel (at least 60% alcohol content) before your appointment.
On arrival for your appointment you will be reminded to wear a face covering.
The room where your appointment will take place has been risk assessed to ensure that it is safe for both you and the member of staff taking the appointment. Please do not move furniture and please wait for direction in respect of any information or documentation we may need to assist with the appointment. You must always maintain a social distance.
Upon leaving the appointment you will be advised how to leave the building safely.