Arranging a civil marriage
The fees and charges for Wirral Registration Service were last reviewed on 31 March 2019.
The fees and charges will be reviewed again 31 March 2020.
The fees relating to certificates, notice of marriage and corrections are statutory charges set by the Registrar General for England and Wales and can be viewed on the government website.
Civil marriages can take place at a number of venues in Wirral:
Booking a marriage date
From 1 August 2018 customers will no longer be able to provisionally book a marriage, make a notice of marriage appointment or make a marriage payment in person.
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org along with your proposed date, your venue, the ceremony time you would like and your telephone number.
Dates are available up to two years in advance.
There is a £43 non-refundable booking fee that must be paid at the time of booking. This can be paid over the phone by credit or debit card.
Your provisional booking will be held for 6 months from the date you can give legal notice of marriage.
Once both partners have given their notice of marriage this will be used to confirm the booking.
Giving notice of a marriage
Each partner must personally give a notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar. You should give notice in the district in which you have lived for at least 8 days prior to giving notice, even if you are marrying in another district.
If you live in Wirral, email email@example.com to make an appointment. Add your contact telephone number.
You can give your notice a minimum of 28 days before the date of marriage and a maximum of 12 months before. The notice is only valid for the venue specified. If this changes you would need to give, and pay for, new notices.
If you are having a Church of England wedding you do not need to give notice to us. You should contact the vicar of the church for advice on legal requirements.
Cost for giving Notice of Marriage
£35 per person (£70 per couple).
Information you will need to provide
When you give your notice of marriage you will need to provide a number of documents:
- a passport (or a birth certificate if a passport is not available)
- if you were born after 1 January 1983 and you are providing a birth certificate you must also provide your mother’s birth certificate
- proof of address (a current driving licence, a current council tax bill, bank statement dated no more than one month before the date of notice or a utility bill dated no more than three months before the date of notice)
- if either party has been in a marriage or civil partnership previously, you will need to provide evidence of the dissolution (a certified copy of the decree absolute)
- if either party is widowed, you will need to produce a certified copy of the death certificate
- special rules apply if one or both partners are subject to Immigration Control
If you or your partner has a terminal illness it is possible to get a licence to marry or form a civil partnership very quickly without having to give the usual statutory notices.
Call 0151 606 2020 for more information.
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