You can get married at any licensed, approved or registered building in England and Wales - but the Notice of Marriage must be given in the district where you both live, at least 30 days before the ceremony date. Please note, the Notice of Marriage can only be given by appointment.
Civil marriage ceremony
Your civil marriage can be conducted at our Register Office in Wellington, or at one of our approved venues (licensed).
If you are interested in using our Register Office, take a look at our photo gallery - showing our bespoke design ceremonies section with seating for up to 60 guests. You can also take a virtual tour of our office. The Register Office is available Monday to Saturday.
Please also view a list of our approved venues to find alternative locations within the borough at which our staff can attend to perform your ceremony. Ceremonies can be performed at our approved venues on any day of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays. Be mindful that if you have a ceremony at an approved licensed venue, you must use a Civil Registrar from the Register Office to ensure that your ceremony is legal.
Throughout every step of your journey, we will offer you advice and guidance on how to make your special day a perfect and memorable occasion, personalised to your liking.
Once you have agreed your location of choice, please contact our office to check availability and for advice on what what to do next.
Religious marriage ceremony
For marriages at a Parish Church (Church of England/Church in Wales), the Vicar of the local Parish Church will help and advise you; the Church publishes the Banns. If you are a non-EEA resident, you will both be required to attend your nearest Designated Register Office (Shrewsbury phone: 03456 789016). The Vicar will attend to all preliminaries to the marriage for all EEA nationals.
For non-Church of England churches or chapels, arrangements must be made with the local Minister/Priest. You will then need to contact us to arrange the Notice of Marriage.
The law is not as flexible with religious marriages. One of the parties to the marriage must have a residency in the area you choose to marry, or make a legal declaration that this religious building is their usual place of worship. There are other sections of the legal acts that say you can marry outside of your residential area. Please contact us to see if you qualify.
Should you wish to have a ‘celebratory ceremony’ at a non-licensed location within Telford and Wrekin, our team of celebrants can assist you by completing a bespoke, non-legal, celebratory ceremony. Please contact us to discuss your options in more detail.
The Notice of Marriage
This is the legal preliminary to your marriage and must be given by appointment. You must be either British or a member of the EEA to give notice at the Register Office (if you are not, please contact us for advice). Each party to the marriage will need to attend the Register Office in person, where they have lived for at least the last nine days, and give notice of their intention to marry. This is the case even when you both live in the same registration district.
You do not have to attend together but are encouraged to do so. The Notice has to be displayed, in accordance with the law, at the local Register Officer for a minimum of 28 days.
The Superintendent Registrar for the marriage district will issue the authority for your marriage to go ahead only when you have both attended to give notice. A Notice of Marriage is valid for 12 months.
In order to give your Notice of Marriage, you will be asked to produce documents as evidence of name, age and nationality. For example:
- a passport and either
- a birth certificate or driving licence,
- a utility bill (dated no more than 3 months before the notice date),
- bank/building society statement (dated no more than one month before the notice date).
Other documents may also be acceptable. For example, in addition to the above, a recent bank statement or utility bill that shows your current address. Or, if you have been previously married, either an original Decree Absolute (issued after divorce) or an original death certificate of your former spouse.
If you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration, you will be required to produce that document.
Each party to the marriage will be required to declare their nationality. This will enable the Superintendent Registrar to advise you whether any further administrative procedures or legal requirements are needed to ensure the recognition of your marriage in the country of which you are a national.
New fees for considering overseas divorces
From the 1 November 2017, the Government has introduced new fees for the consideration of divorces, annulments and Civil Partnership Dissolutions obtained outside the British Isles. The following fees are non-refundable in the event a document is turned down.
|Consideration of a divorce or Civil Partnership dissolution obtained outside the British Isles by the Register Office||£50|
|Consideration of a divorce or Civil Partnership dissolution obtained outside the British Isles by the Registrar General (General Register Office)||£75|
Please note: most overseas divorces require referral to the Registrar General (General Register Office), and this process can take several weeks. Please ensure that you have an accurate third party translation of any document not written in English.
How do I book the Registrar?
Contact us on 01952 382444 and ask the Superintendent Registrar to check their availability of dates for you.
You can pre-book your ceremony at least two years in advance by paying a non-refundable booking fee, giving you the assurance that staff will then be available on your special day.
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Last updated: 1.12pm on Wednesday 22 January 2020