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Giving notice

Giving notice

Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership

To find out what you need to do visit Gov.uk marriages and civil partnerships giving notice information.

To give notice you must have already booked a venue, date and time for your ceremony.

Where to give notice

If you are not subject to immigration control you'll need to give notice of marriage at the Register Office in the district where you live. Except for couples marrying in the Church of England when Banns will be read.

If one or both persons wanting to marry are subject to immigration control notice must be given at the local designated office. This is the same for a religious or non-religious marriage. The closest designated offices to Wokingham are Reading, Slough and Oxford.

The address of our Register Office is Wokingham Register Office, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1WH.

To make an appointment phone 0118 974 6000.

Appointments last 30 to 45 minutes depending on single or double booking. 


Giving notice at the Register Office costs £35 per person.

Cancellation policy

If you book a marriage notice appointment and then cancel or move it with out giving at least 7 days notice, you will have to pay the fee again.

Requirements for giving notice

  • If either of you is aged 16 to 18 consent of your parents or guardians is required - a consent form is available from us
  • Evidence of identity and of nationality - either a current passport or full British birth certificate
  • Evidence of address e.g. a full driving licence (both parts) / recent utility bill (no more than 3 months old) or bank or credit card statement (no more than 1 month old)
  • If you've changed your name evidence of how that was done e.g. a change of name deed
  • If either of you has been married or formed a civil partnership before you'll need to provide documentary evidence to show how it ended e.g. a decree absolute or a death certificate
  • All documents must be originals or certified copies
  • If you both live in different districts you should give notices within 7 days of each other
  • If the ceremony will be abroad you may still need to give a form of notice - contact us as soon as possible as the process takes longer

After you have given notice 

  • Your notice will stay on the board for 28 days after the day of your appointment and will be issued on day 29
  • The certificates of marriage / authorities are legal documents that permit the wedding or civil partnership to go ahead and valid for 12 months from the date notice is given
  • If you are marrying in another registration district you must ensure that the certificates of marriage / authority are received by that district before the marriage
  • If you are forming a civil partnership in another registration district registration staff will produce the necessary schedule for you
  • If you change the venue of the ceremony a fresh notice will have to be given and a further fee paid - however a change of date / time does not affect the notice
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