FAQs: The Wedding Ceremony
The actual logistics of getting married can be a bit confusing, so we’ve come up with some frequently asked questions, such as “how many people sign the wedding register?” and “how many witnesses do I need?” to get you on the right track.
How many witness do I need?
You need at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony.
How many people sign the marriage register?
The marriage register must be signed by you, your partner and your two witnesses.
Do I have to pay to register my marriage?
Yes, you each need to pay £35 when you attend the register office to give notice of your marriage. You then need to pay an additional £46 if you marry at a register office, but this may increase if you’re getting married at another venue. Your marriage certificate costs £4 on the day of the wedding, or £10 after the event. We recommend buying your certificate, as you may need it to prove that you’re married in the future.
Do I have to exchange vows or can I get married without formal wording?
Vows or formal wording are essential to marriage ceremonies, but not necessary for civil partnerships.
Can I have readings and songs in a civil ceremony?
In a civil ceremony, you can have music, readings and songs, but there can be no reference to anything religious. For this reason, hymns are not allowed in a civil ceremony.
Do I need to give formal notice of my wedding before getting married?
Yes, you must give 28 days notice of your plans to marry at your local register office. If you’re planning on getting married abroad, you may still need to give formal notice. When you go to the register office to give notice, ensure that you take proof of your name, age and nationality (you may need a photo ID – check with your local office beforehand). When you give notice, you will both have to pay £35.
For more information and frequently asked questions, visit the UK Government website. Do you have a question that we haven’t answered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer it.
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