Marriages in England and Wales can only be solemnised in a building duly authorised by law.
Religious marriages: Church of England or Church in Wales
If both parties are British, EEA or Swiss nationals then the marriage is usually performed after banns and the minister of the church you choose will guide you through the process. Occasionally the minister may ask for a Superintendent Registrar’s certificate for marriage and the procedure is the same as for other denominations.
If one or both parties are a Non EEA national marriage can only take place after civil preliminaries. Both parties will need to attend a designated register office together to attest the notice of marriage before a Superintendent Registrar. Blackburn with Darwen Register Office is a designated office.
Religious marriages: other religious buildings registered for marriage
This category covers all denominations other than Church of England or Church of Wales.
Application should be made, in the first instance, to the place of worship to ensure it is registered for marriages and the couple complies with the religious requirements of the congregation. Formal notice of marriage must then be given to the Superintendent Registrar for the district(s) of residence of each party wishing to marry, unless one or both of the parties are a Non EEA national where the couple must attend a designated register office together to attest the notice of marriage before a Superintendent Registrar. Blackburn with Darwen Register Office is a designated office.
Civil marriages at a district register office or approved premises
You may marry by civil ceremony at ANY register office or other building approved for civil marriages in England and Wales. A civil marriage ceremony cannot have any religious content at Blackburn with Darwen register office you have a choice of 5 ceremonies with the option to personalise your ceremony with non-religious readings. Couples do not have to live in the district where the marriage is to take place but the legal preliminaries, formal notice of marriage, must be given to the Superintendent Registrar for each party in their district(s) of residence, unless one or both parties are Non EEA nationals where the couple must attend a designated register office together to attest the notice of marriage before a Superintendent Registrar. Blackburn with Darwen Register Office is a designated office.
Application should be made to the chosen venue for availability before the formal notices of marriage can be taken.
Once formal notice has taken place you must wait 28 clear days before you register your marriage. In certain circumstances for Non EEA nationals this waiting period may be extended to 70 days on the instruction of the Home Office.
Please note that a notice of marriage is only valid for 12 months from the date of the notice.
If you want to arrange a civil ceremony in Blackburn in Darwen or wish to book a registrar to attend a marriage in a religious building in Blackburn with Darwen please contact us for more information.
To make an appointment to give formal notice of marriage please contact us
Marriage of same sex couples
Convert your civil partnership to marriage
With effect from Wednesday 10 December 2014 you will be able to convert your civil partnership to marriage.
The conversion into marriage will only be available for couples who registered their civil partnership in England and Wales, or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).
The single stage process
You must both attend an appointment in person, at any register office to complete a declaration.
- You will need to provide proof of identity and of your civil partnership registration.
- The conversion happens when a couple signs a declaration that they've not dissolved their civil
- The declaration must be signed at the register office.
- The conversion will be registered and a marriage certificate issued.
The two stage process
You must both attend an appointment in person at any register office to provide the same information as above and to complete a declaration – a statutory fee is payable to the registrar for this service. The signing of the declaration and a celebratory ceremony can then take at a venue that is registered for civil marriage or a religious building that is registered for marriage (same sex couple) within England or Wales. The declaration must be signed within 12 months from the date the declaration is completed.
There will be no fee to pay if you registered your civil partnership before Saturday 29 March 2014 (before you had the opportunity to marry). This free conversion is available until Wednesday 9 December 2015. After this a statutory fee will be payable for all couples.
To book an appointment for your civil partnership conversion or for more information please telephone 01254 588660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org