Get married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales: step by step

Find out what you need to do to get legally married in England or Wales. The process is different if you’re in the UK and want to get married abroad.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can get married or form a civil partnership

  2. Step 2 Plan your ceremony

  3. Step 3 Give notice

    You must give at least 29 days notice before you get married or form a civil partnership.

    1. Book an appointment to give notice £35 to £47
    2. Documents you'll need to give notice
  4. Step 4 Get married or form a civil partnership

    You must get married or form a civil partnership within 12 months of giving notice.

    After you register, you can get a marriage or civil partnership certificate. It costs £11.

    If you need a copy in the future you can order one online.

    1. Get a copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate
  5. Step 5 Update your details

    Tell government organisations you’re married or in a civil partnership. It can affect your benefits, pension or tax.

    1. Tell DWP about a change in circumstances
    2. Tell HMRC you got married or formed a civil partnership

    You might also need to tell banks, private pensions and other organisations.

  6. and If you want to change your name

    You can use your marriage or civil partnership certificate to change your name if both:

    • you're listed as female in official documentation
    • you want to take your partner's name

    In all other situations you can change your name by deed poll.

    1. Change your name by deed poll