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. The maximum period notice can be given is up to 12 months in advance.

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?

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

  • Current British or EU passport or your birth certificate (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 address
  • Your decree absolute if you are divorced, or evidence of your dissolution
  • A death certificate of your partner if you have been widowed
  • Change of name deed documents if you have changed your name
  • You must provide the full name and address of chosen venue

Please note:

Photocopies are not accepted and all your documents must be in the same name or you must provide details of how they link together for example, previous marriage certificate.

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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