You can get married in either a civil or religious ceremony in England or Wales. Marriage ceremonies can only take place in authorized venues such as a church or chapel and at a registrar office. The presence of an authorized person such as a superintendent registrar or Vicar or priest is required at the marriage ceremony. In addition, at least two witnesses need to be present to sign the marriage register. Marriage ceremonies must take place between the hours of 8am to 6pm.
In order to get married in a civil ceremony, you must first contact the superintendent registrar in the registration district in which you have fulfilled the residency requirements and "give notice." Giving notice declares your intent to marry and officially begins the civil marriage proceedings. There are three (3) ways in which you can give notice, all of which are briefly described below.
If you would like to be married in the Church of England or Church of Wales, there are four (4) ways in accordance with the rules of the church:
To inquire more detailed information about getting married in the Church of England or Church of Wales, contact the following establishment:
Enquiry Centre of the General Synod of the Church of England
Other religions including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, or Quaker follow the same legal guidelines as that of a civil ceremony. However, each religion may require an additional set of procedures in order to marry in their church. It is highly recommended you contact the head of your place of worship so that he or she will be able to better advise you on exactly what is needed to be done.
You may give notice as far as advance as twelve months to the superintendent registrar or head of worship.--------------------------
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