2. What you need to do
There are usually 2 steps to getting married or forming a civil partnership in England and Wales.
Give notice at your local register office.
There may be different steps for some religious ceremonies.
Getting married or forming a civil partnership abroad
Find out about who to contact and which documents you may need to get from the UK authorities if you want to get married or form a civil partnership abroad.
Your overseas marriage or civil partnership will be recognised in the UK if you follow the correct process according to local law - you won’t have to register it in the UK.
Marrying in England or Wales if you live abroad
You may be able to give notice in the country where you’re living if that country has signed up to the ‘British Subjects Facilities Acts’. Your partner must be a resident of England or Wales.
Contact the register office for the district in England and Wales where you intend to marry.
Countries signed up to the ‘British Subjects Facilities Acts’
Canada (Newfoundland only)
Ghana (former Gold Coast colony only)
Guernsey (including Alderney)
Isle of Man
Malaysia (former Straits Settlement of Labuan, Malacca and Penang only)
Tanzania (Zanzibar only)
Trinidad and Tobago