Religious marriages

Updated 29.07.21

Church of England or Church in Wales

If both parties are a British or Irish citizen or have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 and are waiting for a decision 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 schedule for marriage and the procedure is the same as for other denominations.
If one or both parties are a foreign national, marriage can only take place after civil preliminaries. Both parties will need to attend a register office together in the district where one party resides to attest the notice of marriage before a superintendent registrar.

Other religious buildings registered for marriage


This category covers all denominations other than Church of England or Church of Wales.

Initial applications should be made to the place of worship - this to ensure that the building is registered for marriages and that the religious requirements of the congregation are met.

If both parties are a British or Irish citizen or have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 and are awaiting a decision formal notice of the intention to marriage must be given to the superintendent registrar for the district(s) of residence of each party wishing to marry.

If one or both parties are a foreign national, the parties are required to attend together at a register office in the registration district where one party resides to give their formal notice of marriage.