Giving Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership

FIn order to get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales one of the parties must have resided in England or Wales. Before you can be married  or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you must each give a notice of your intention 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.

Changes to the process of giving notice of marriage or civil partnership from 1 July 2021

Immigration laws change from 1 July 2021 and the process for giving notice and the documentation required will change dependent on your nationality. 

The definition of a relevant national is;

  • a British Citizen
  • an Irish Citizen
  • A person who has been granted EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status (either settled or pre-settled or has a pending application for that status (submitted before 30 June 2021).

Currently we are only be able to book notice appointments to take place on or after 1 July for British or Irish Citizens.

After the 24 June 2021 we will be able to book notice appointments to take place on or after 1 July for non-relevant nationals where one party lives in the district. We will also be able to advise persons who have been granted EUSS status about how to arrange an appointment.

Any person who claims to have EUSS status will be required to provide a unique code when booking their notice appointment. Information about how to do this will be provided shortly.

If you are not a relevant national or we are unable to confirm satisfactory EUSS status please be aware that the 28 day statutory notice period may be extended to 70 days. 

If you are looking to book a ceremony we highly recommend you book this once you have a confirmed notice of marriage appointment with your local register office and that the ceremony date you choose is more than 70 days after this date.  Any changes after booking is made will incur a charge.

If you already have a ceremony booked and are unable to book a notice appointment until after the 24 June 2021 (for a date after 1st July) we will try our best to schedule an appointment as soon as possible but you must consider the impact on your ceremony should your local register office be unable to facilitate a timely appointment and/or the statutory waiting period is extended to 70 days.

Scheduling your appointment

We are able to offer appointments for persons who reside in the Wakefield District to give notice of their marriage or civil partnership or civil partnership where there ceremony is scheduled to take place in the next 20 weeks.

We are unable to schedule appointments for anyone whose ceremony is more than 20 weeks away. 

Once you are within 20 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 or civil partnership 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 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

CircumstancesFee 
Ceremony rescheduled in the same venue Fees waived by Wakefield Council as long as a similar appointment is booked ie weekday or weekend
Ceremony rescheduled in a different venueCharges for a new notice fee apply

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 or civil partnership 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.


Contact us

Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services
0345 4 852 888