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, unless you are getting married in a Church of England or Church in Wales – see religious ceremonies.

If you live in Wigan or Leigh you will need to book a notice of marriage appointment with us.

You cannot give notice of marriage more than 12 months before the date of your ceremony. Prior to giving notice you must have lived within England or Wales for a minimum of 7 clear days.

When/where to give notice and book your ceremony

If you ceremony is taking place in Wigan or Leigh you must book your ceremony date and time before you give notice of marriage (see below).

If you live in Wigan or Leigh, but are getting married in another district, you will need to book a notice of marriage appointment with us (see below). Remember to contact the district in which your ceremony is taking place to confirm they can accommodate your ceremony.

If you live in another district but are getting married in Wigan or Leigh, you must register at your local office, but book your ceremony date and time in Wigan or Leigh (see below). 

Booking an appointment and/or ceremony

  • To book your notice of marriage appointment at Wigan and Leigh login or register for MyAccount and select 'Registrars bookings and certificates'.
    • 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.
  • To book your ceremony date and time at Wigan and Leigh login or register for MyAccount and select 'Registrars bookings and certificates'.

Immigration

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.

Designated register offices close to Wigan are:

How much notice do we need to give?

The maximum period of notice that can be given is 12 months before your ceremony date. If you're getting married in the next 31 days, you must give notice of marriage as soon as possible but no later than 29 clear days before your ceremony, this period commences the day after you give notice of marriage.

If you have already booked your ceremony, your confirmation email will set out the timescale by which you must give notice of marriage to avoid cancellation. This e-mail will also list all the documents you need to bring to your notice of marriage appointment

What will happen next?

Once you have given notice, the notice will be displayed for 28 clear days, not including the day on which you gave notice. On day 29, the documentation for your marriage will be produced.

If you are getting married in Wigan and Leigh (including registered buildings where a registrar needs to attend), the paperwork will be kept at this office until the day of your wedding. If you are being married in another district, the paperwork will automatically be sent to that district after the 28 day period.

If you are getting married abroad or in a church (that is not a Church of England or Church in Wales or a registered building where a registrar needs to attend), your certificate will be posted out to your home address on the day it is issued.

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?

  • Valid 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 print out from an online account is acceptable as long as it states your name and full address
  • 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 or if your ceremony is in Wigan and Leigh (except religious ceremonies) and you have not booked your ceremony in advance, a further appointment will need to be made incurring an additional fee
  • Only original documents are accepted, we cannot accept photocopies.

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 £18 fee for this, payable by card only when you hand your form in.

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