8am – 6pm, anyday
You can marry lawfully on any day of the week between 8am and 6pm. You may now marry in any Register Office or Approved Premises in England or Wales providing you give notice at the Register Office in the district(s) where you both live.
Recent legislation now requires each bride and groom to sign an individual notice of marriage, even if they both live in the same district. The new act has abolished the Superintendent Registrars Licence which had previously allowed a marriage to take place three days after signing a notice – so be sure to enquire in good time. The facility to sign notices of marriage up to 12 months ahead of the ceremony remains unchanged. Some registrars will accept “provisional bookings” in advance of 12 months. Most Register Offices are open from Monday to Saturday often with a local variation in hours.
Civil Marriages can take place in Approved Premises licensed by the appropriate local authority. It is therefore possible to have your marriage ceremony and wedding reception in the same building, and many Castles, Hotels etc. are available on any day of the week including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
There are now thousands of Approved Premises in England and Wales. The conditions of the premises licence are regulated by local authorities and it is necessary for Registrars to be in attendance at the venue for the ceremony. With civil marriage ceremonies the authority to marry will now be required from both the bride and the groom’s own district registrar(s). The numbers and locations of approved premises will be constantly changing and we at The Wedding Guide will be happy to keep you updated.
It is not the purpose of this website to offer advice or comment on the merits or otherwise of religious or civil marriages. As far as the former are concerned, we recommend that if you wish to make your marriage vows before God, you should consult with the local clergy or place of worship of your chosen denomination.