Civil marriages

Updated 29.07.21

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 and 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 a foreign national then the couple must attend a register office in one of their districts of residence together to attest the notice of marriage before a superintendent registrar.

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 days before you register your marriage. In certain circumstances for foreign nationals, this waiting period may be extended to 70 days on the instruction of the Home Office.

A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months from the date of the notice.

Please contact us by completing the ceremony enquiry form, to book an appointment or for further information.

If you want to arrange a civil ceremony or wish to book a registrar to attend a marriage in a religious building, in Blackburn or Darwen, please contact us by completing the ceremony enquiry form.