Oct 26

Marrying Abroad Register Office and Approved Premises Civil Wedding Ceremony

Marrying Abroad Register Office and Approved Premises Civil Wedding Ceremony
Some countries require a Certificate of No Impediment. This is used for persons marrying in a foreign country where one of the parties is British and the other is a foreign national. Advice can be sought from a Superintendent Registrar or the Foreign Office.

A Superintendent Registrar may accept notice for a marriage to take place in a foreign country between a British subject and either a foreign subject or another British subject. He/she will be able to issue a certificate that can be produced to help the procedure abroad. However, the rules vary and you should consult the Superintendent Registrar.

Where a marriage is solemnized in a foreign country under local law, it is sometimes possible for a record of the marriage to be made under the Foreign Marriage Order 1970. This is not always the case and you should consult the Superintendent Registrar for more details.

Civil Ceremony – Register Office
The choice of venue is yours as you can get married at any register office in England or Wales. Obtain addresses from local authorities, telephone directories or the Internet.

Refer to Checklist 6 ‘Civil Ceremony – Register Office’
□ Identify the register office of your choice
□ Telephone the register office to provisionally book the ceremony
This can be arranged up to 12 months in advance
□ Call in person at the appropriate register office(s) to give notices of your intentions to marry and
to pay the fees for giving notices – see ‘Marriage by Certificate’. It will be necessary to produce evidence of identity for both parties – see ‘The Necessary Documents’
□ Make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar to discuss the following details:
• confirm the date and time of ceremony
• how many guests can be accommodated
• type of ceremony – Standard or enhanced with the addition of extra slightly religious declarations or poetry readings of your choice
• the policy on playing appropriate music of your choice providing it has only slight religious connotations
• the possibility of including the bride being ‘given away’
• the policy on confetti, photography and video recording
• the possibility of having the ceremony broadcast live on the internet and the cost
• Provision of flowers

A silk flower arrangement will be provided or you can arrange to supply your own flowers
• location and quantity of parking space for guests’ cars
• amount of fees and details of payment
• obtain signature on the necessary form if you wish to change the name in your passport before the wedding
□ Choose at least two adult witnesses (this is a legal requirement)
□ Decide whether you wish to have a church Service of Blessing, either directly after the marriage or on another day – see ‘Service of Blessing’

Civil ceremony – Approved Premises
Many stately homes, prestigious buildings, Hotels and restaurants – all of which make great backdrops for your wedding photographs – are licensed to hold weddings. You can obtain details of approved venues from local register offices or on the Internet.

Refer to Checklist 7 ‘Civil Ceremony – Approved Premises
□ Decide whether you prefer to have just the ceremony or both the ceremony and reception at the venue
□ Identify approved venues in the required area
□ Enquire whether they offer facilities for the wedding alone or both the wedding and reception
□ Establish compatibility of venue with proposed style of wedding
□ Request brochures and prices
□ Ascertain their hire charges for the room(s) and whether they offer exclusive use of the venue and the cost
□ Establish availability
• date
• time
• room(s) (depending on the number of guests)
□ Choose at least two adult witnesses (this is a legal requirement)
□ Decide whether you wish to have a church Service of Blessing, either directly after the marriage or on another day – see

‘Service of Blessing’
Booking the Superintendent Registrar
□ Telephone the register office to provisionally book the Superintendent Registrar

This can be arranged up to 12 months in advance
□ Call in person at the appropriate register office(s) to give notices of your intentions to marry and to pay the fees for giving notices – see ‘Marriage by Certificate’. It will be necessary to produce evidence of identity for both parties – see ‘The Necessary Documents’
□ Make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar to discuss the following details:
• confirm the date and time of ceremony
• proposed venue
• number of guests attending
• type of ceremony – Standard or enhanced with the addition of extra slightly religious declarations or poetry readings of your choice
• the policy on playing appropriate music of your choice providing it has only slight religious connotations
• the possibility of including the bride being ‘given away’
• the policy on confetti, photography and video recording
• amount of fees and details of payment
• obtain signature on the necessary form if you wish to change the name in your passport before the wedding

Booking a venue for the Wedding Ceremony only
□ Make an appointment with the Venue Manager to discuss your requirements:
• confirm the date and time of ceremony
• number of guests attending
• ask whether there are any other weddings on the same day
• check on easy access for any elderly or disabled guests
• provision of flowers

Specify the type and color if you wish the venue to provide them or you may prefer to ask your own florist
• the policy on confetti
• location and quantity of parking space for guests’ cars
• discuss the estimated cost and ascertain whether VAT is included
• request a detailed estimate in writing
□ Confirm acceptance in writing and enclose the required deposit
□ One week before the wedding
• telephone or call round to check the final arrangements
• confirm the final number of guests

Booking a venue for the Wedding Ceremony and Reception
□ See ‘Booking a venue for the Wedding Ceremony only’ above
□ Refer to ‘Reception’,

Checklist 6 Civil Ceremony – Register Office (Cont.)
Fees
Notices of intention £
Superintendent Registrar’s/Registrar’s/CPO’s fees £
Certificate of Marriage £
Total £

Service of Blessing □ Yes □ No

Checklist 7 Civil Ceremony – Approved Premises
Venue
Address
Telephone Fax
Email Website
Contact
Date of ceremony Time
Room for ceremony
Room(s) for reception
Number of guests
Other ceremonies on the same day
Flowers

 

Policy on confetti
Car parking
Hire of room(s) £
Exclusive use £
Flowers £
Total £
Deposit £ Date paid
Balance £ Date paid
Checklist 7 Civil Ceremony – Approved Premises (Cont.)

Date of confirmation (sent/received)

Superintendent Registrar Registrar/CPO

Extra declarations or poetry readings

Music of your choice

Policy on photographs/video

Witnesses

1

2

 

Checklist 9 Service of Blessing
Church
Officiant
Address
Telephone Fax
Email Website
Date of ceremony Time
Musician(s)
Singer(s)
Organist
Telephone
Other Services on the same day
Flowers
Policy on photographs/video
Date of rehearsal Time
Church Fees
Officiant £
Organist £
Choir £
Bell-ringers £
 

Checklist 9 Service of Blessing (Cont.)

Video recording Copyright £
Total £
Details of payment
Musician(s) £
Singer(s) £
Flowers £

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