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Giving notice for marriages and civil partnerships

What happens next?

On completion of the notice, the details are displayed on the notice board for 28 full days. The ceremony cannot take place until after this time. This is the legal period of time for an objection to be made.

Objections can only be made if there is a legal reason that the ceremony cannot take place, and evidence must be produced.

After the legal notice waiting period has been completed, a certificate for marriage will be issued, and this document is required for the marriage to take place. This is electronically sent to the office conducting the ceremony.

If your ceremony is to be held in a different district, you must speak to the registrar in the appropriate district to discuss your ceremonial arrangements.

Special circumstances

There are procedures in place to reduce the 28 day waiting period for someone who is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Please contact the register office for more information if required.

If either or both of the couple are subject to immigration control, the waiting period could be extended to 70 days by the Home Office under certain circumstances. Please bear this in mind when making arrangements for your ceremony as cancellation and amendment fees may apply if you need to move your ceremony.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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