Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

From Monday 28th September the number of people permitted to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony has been reduced to 15. This maximum number must include the couple, witnesses and guests.  This number no longer includes anyone working and therefore no longer includes our Registration Staff. The venue and the room must be suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room must comply with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Face coverings guidance (Effective from 31st August 2020)

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

NHS Test & Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. As of the 24th September all visitors to Gloucestershire County Council premises will be asked to voluntarily supply their details to NHS Test and Trace by the way of scanning a QR code on site. You will need to use the NHS Covid 19 App to allow you to do this. If you use an iphone, please download the App via the App store, if you use an Android phone please use Google play. It would be advisable to download prior to your visit to us.

If you are unable to download the App, your details will be requested on the day of the appointment by our staff.

Documents you need to provide

When you visit the registration office to give formal notice you will be required to produce the following as applicable: (Please note original or certified copies of documents are required, photocopies are not acceptable)

  • Full birth certificate or
  • evidence of nationality - your passport
  • if you were born after 01.01.1983 and you do not hold a passport you will, in addition to your own full birth certificate, need your mother's birth certificate or passport
  • evidence of address - council tax bill, utility bill, bank statement , driving licence
  • evidence of change of name (deed poll/statutory declaration)
  • fee payable per person (additional fees may apply at the point where the registration officer takes your legal notice. e.g. If your notice will be referred to the Home Office or if one of you has a foreign divorce.  When you attend the appointment please ensure you have a means of payment otherwise your notice cannot be taken)

If either of you are not a British Citizen or National of a country within the European Economic Area, you will need to attend together at a designated registration office for which additional information will be required at the notice appointment. In addition to the documents listed above if either party to the intended marriage is a foreign national (non-EEA) you will both need to bring one passport sized colour photograph to your notice appointment.  If you do not bring a photograph we will not be able to take your notice.  (Please note additional referral fees to the Home Office if applicable will be required during your appointment)

For detailed information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships/giving-notice-at-your-local-register-office

Previous marriage/civil partnership

If either of you have been married or entered into a civil partnership before you will need to bring one of the documents listed below as evidence that the marriage/civil partnership has ended and that you are free to marry:

  • decree absolute following divorce
  • decree of dissolution of civil partnership
  • death certificate if a widow/widower/surviving civil partner
  • decree of annulment

If you are unable to produce any of the documents in the lists above, please contact the ceremonies team prior to your appointment. If you fail to bring the appropriate documents then your notice will not be taken. Original documents are required, photocopies are not acceptable.

If you have a foreign divorce, there will be additional referral fees to pay at your appointment.   The foreign divorce documents must be translated into English.

Next step

For details of our ceremony options, availability and booking a notice appointment please contact our ceremonies team at ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01452 425060 (option 3).

 

Face coverings guidance

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

 

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