Giving notice of marriage (including same-sex marriages)

By law you need to register your intent to marry at your local register office in the district in which you live.

If you live in the district of Wigan and Leigh you will need to book an appointment.

If you live in another district you must register at your local office. 

Prior to giving notice you must have lived in within England or Wales for a minimum of 7 clear days.


If either you, or your partner are subject to immigration control (any non-British or non-EEA including Swiss nationals), you must both go to a Designated Register Office to register your intent to marry.

Local designated register offices close to Wigan are:

How much notice do we need to give?

You must register your intent to marry a minimum of 29 days before your ceremony if you are getting married in the next 31 days. The maximum period notice can be given is up to 12 months in advance.

If you have already booked your ceremony, your confirmation letter/email will set out the timescale by which you must give notice of marriage to avoid cancellation.

What will happen next?

After you have given notice, the notice has to be displayed for 28 clear days, not including the day on which you gave notice. 

The registration district in which you are having your ceremony will contact you with additional details confirming your date and time etc.

The marriage licence will be available for the registrar to print out 28 days after you have given notice, they will do this automatically. If you are getting married abroad or in a church your certificate will be posted out to your home address on the 29th day.

Where can I give notice?

For all appointments at Leigh Town Hall, you must check in at Leigh Library, Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, Leigh. Please note - there is no public access to Leigh Town Hall.

What information do I need to bring when I give notice?

  • Current British or EEA (including Swiss) passport showing your current name. If you are unable to provide this then you can bring your full birth certificate, showing mother and fathers details, (if you are providing birth certificates and you were born on or after 1st January 1983, you must also provide your mother or father's birth certificate)
  • A recent utility bill or bank statement each, which shows evidence of your current name and home address dated within the last month
  • A valid driving licence showing your current address
  • Your decree absolute if you are divorced, an annulment if your marriage has been annulled or dissolution of civil partnership if you have previously been in a civil partnership.
    • Please note: If your divorce/civil partnership dissolution documentation was issued outside the British Isles you will be charged a fee at the time of your appointment for consideration of the validity of the documentation.
  • A death certificate of your partner if you have been widowed
  • Change of name deed documents if you have changed your name

Please note:

  • Please make sure all documents are in the same name, if they are not then you must provide evidence that can link them all together i.e. previous marriage certificate if you have
    reverted back to maiden name.
  • If the correct documentation as listed above is not available at your appointment a further appointment will need to be made incurring an additional fee.
  • Only original documents are accepted, we cannot accept photocopies.

Making an appointment

There is a £35 per person charge for this service which is non-refundable and is paid when booking your appointment online. You must give more than 24 hours notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment.

Getting a passport in your own name

If you are going abroad after your marriage ceremony and want a post dated passport in your new married name, you will need to complete the form below:

Complete your section of the form and hand it in at Wigan Register Office. We will complete the outstanding sections of the form and will post your form out to your home address within 24 hours.

There is a £15 fee for this, payable by card only when you hand your form in.


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