Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK
6. Religious ceremonies
A religious wedding can take place at a church, chapel or other registered religious building.
Religious blessing can take place after a civil ceremony in a register office.
You can’t get married in an Anglican Church as a same sex couple. You can get married in other religious buildings if:
- the religious organisation allows the marriage of same sex couples to take place
- the premises has been registered for the marriage of same sex couples
To get married in an Anglican church, contact your local church in:
You don’t usually need to give notice with the register office if you’re getting married in an Anglican church and both you and your partner are:
- British citizens
- from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
Officials performing Anglican marriages will register your marriage.
You need to give notice at a register office if you or your partner are from outside the EEA or Switzerland.
Jewish and Quaker marriages
You need to give notice with the register office at least 28 days before the ceremony. Officials performing Jewish or Quaker marriages will register marriages.
Non-Anglican Christian marriages and all other religions
You need to give notice with the register office at least 28 days before the ceremony.
Authorised officials, including ministers and priests of other religions, can register marriages.
You must give notice at a ‘designated’ register office if you or your partner are from outside the EEA or Switzerland.