Notice of Marriage and Civil Partnership
Please read this page in full and then book online using the link at the end of the page.
- Please avoid booking a ceremony if you do not have a Notice appointment as we may not be able to take your Notice in time and your ceremony may not be able to take place
Before you can marry or enter into a civil partnership you and your partner must first give notice of marriage/civil partnership. Notices are valid for 12 months and cannot be extended.
A marriage cannot be converted to a civil partnership and vice versa - please decide which one meets your needs best. Notices must be given no later than 29 days before a ceremony date and no earlier than one year in advance.
- Things to know before booking
- When to give notice
- Where to give notice
- What you need to know and bring
- What happens at the appointment
- What happens after the appointment
- Getting married or having a civil partnership abroad
- How to make an appointment
- Further information
- COVID-19 guidance
- You must know where (but not necessarily when) you are getting married/having your civil partnership when you attend your Notice appointment
- Notices cannot be extended. If COVID-19 or another event delays your ceremony and your notices have expired you will need to give new notices and wait 28 clear days, possibly 70 days if subject to immigration before having a ceremony
- The venue on a Notice cannot be changed as a result of COVID-19 or for any other reason
- When making an appointment to give notice for an opposite-sex civil partnership, please ignore any text that says a civil partnership can only be between 2 people of the same sex
- You can only get married at a religious building if it is the usual place of worship of one or both partners or if the building is located in the same district, eg the borough where one or both partners live
- It is not normally necessary to give Notice of Marriage for a wedding in a Church of England Church, but please check with the church or the Church of England website (external link) for confirmation
- Couples subject to immigration do still need to give Notice of Marriage for a Church of England or other wedding
- Notice is required for marriages in a Catholic church (external link) or other non-conformist church, temple or mosque where a legally recognised ceremony will be taking place
- You can book a ceremony date for a Haringey venue at your Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership appointment or after you have received your immigration clearance
Details about Haringey venues can be found on the Marriages and Civil Partnerships page.
- Arrangements for those subject to immigration
- You can give notice by law up to 12 months before your ceremony date - we advise not giving notice 12 months ahead to give you more time should your plans get delayed
- During the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that limited appointment supply reaches those needing it most we may cancel bookings made where a ceremony date is more than 3 months away or if a customer does not live locally
- All couples getting married must give notice a minimum 29 days before the ceremony date. Book your appointment in plenty of time in case you need to wait for an appointment
- If one or both partners are subject to immigration the Home Office can extend the waiting time to 70 clear days
Allow enough time to give Notice of Marriage
Please allow enough time to get an appointment - the waiting time for an appointment is 2 months or more in some areas. Do not let a long wait for appointments or the notice period spoil your day - make your appointment as soon as possible.
- One or both partners are subject to Immigration - if one or both partners are subject to immigration then both partners must attend the register office together to give their notices. Both partners must have been living in England or Wales for at least 9 days at the time notice is given for a ceremony in England or Wales. For immigration couples up until the end of June 2020 notice can by law be given at any register office authorised to do immigration notices (including Haringey) although appointments should be booked near where you live if you can
- Both partners are not subject to Immigration - if both partners are British or EU/EEA nationals each partner gives notice to the register office(s) where they live (there is no need for each partner to attend each others appointments). Both partners must be living in England or Wales at the time notice is given for a ceremony in England or Wales.
If you have been a resident of Haringey for at least the last 9 days, or if you or your partner are subject to immigration we can take your notice at George Meehan House, which is located within Woodside Park, N22 8JZ.
- George Meehan House
294 High Road
Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time (note that there is no covered waiting area). Wood Green Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line and Bowes Park on national rail are the nearest stations. A number of buses stop outside the building including 121, 141, 232 and 329. You may currently park at any sensible location along our driveway. We recommend walking or cycling to us where possible.
You are required to wear a face covering, covering your nose and mouth unless exempt. Please bring a pen to sign and please read our Documents needed to give notice of marriage/civil partnership page before making an appointment to see which documents are accepted and which are not. Do not assume a document is okay - check the list. If it is not on the list it cannot be taken. Do not make an appointment until you have the right documents.
Please note that if you are late or come for your appointment with incomplete documents, you will need to rebook and pay for a new appointment. This may be some time later and could stop you from having your ceremony as planned.
You will need to know:
- Whether you are having a marriage or a civil partnership (you cannot change between the two later)
- The venue for your ceremony - you do not need to know the date and time (please note that venues cannot be changed once Notice has been given)
- It is useful but not essential to know when you would like your ceremony
- If having a ceremony outside England or Wales, you need to tell us, as a minimum the name of the town and country where the ceremony will take place - remember you are giving Notice to us, we cannot tell you what to put down, please do research in advance to avoid having to come back or face problems later
- The correct spelling of names for you and your partner
- You and your partner's full addresses and postcodes
- Each of your job titles
Our Subject to immigration page gives guidance to couples where one or both partners are not EU/EEA nationals.
Please report to the side entrance marked Woodside/Westbury using the intercom, bell or by calling 020 8489 1775. Please note that there is no inside area to wait, so you will need to wait outside, including while your partner is being interviewed. Please dress appropriately, bring an umbrella and something to drink.
We will see you in a COVID-19 Secure environment and ask both you and your partner a series of questions about each other to establish details of both parties and where and when the wedding or civil partnership is to take place.
We will ask for your father's details (this is optional) and from 4 May 2021 onwards we will be able to record both of your parents' details.
At your appointment, you will need to know where you are having your ceremony. Important: you will need to give new notices, pay again and restart the process if you later change the venue or decide to change from a marriage to a civil partnership (or vice versa) before having a ceremony.
Each partner will be interviewed separately. If you or your partner are subject to immigration an additional Home Office referral fee may be taken by card (£12 each as of February 2021).
We will ask to see the evidence listed above in the What you need to bring section.
Once you have given notice your details will go on public display at the register office for 28 clear days. If you are getting married or having a civil partnership in another area the register office in that area will get a copy of your notice automatically.
Any divorces that need clearance by the General Register Office will be looked at by a GRO caseworker. If your case is referred to the Home Office under the Marriage Referral Scheme the Home Office will look at your case and decide if they wish to look into your case in more detail.
Assuming there are no issues with immigration (see subject to immigration), outstanding divorces or other outstanding paperwork the following will happen after the 28th clear day.
Ceremony on or before 3 May 2021
Marriage: A Certificate for Marriage will be issued where you gave Notice. The certificate will be printed by the district of marriage.
Civil Partnership: A Civil Partnership Schedule will be issued by the ceremony district.
Ceremony from 4 May 2021
Marriage: A Marriage Schedule will be issued by the district of marriage.
Civil Partnership: A Civil Partnership Schedule will be issued by the ceremony district (no change).
Please note that we can only issue paperwork once both partners have given Notice. If you are getting married in a none Church of England place of worship from 4 May 2021 a Marriage Schedule will be needed instead of Certificates for Marriage (sometimes known as the Blues). Either you or the place of worship will need to make arrangements for this to happen with the register office in the district of marriage - see Find a register office on GOV.UK (external link).
Any notices given remain valid for 1 year from the date Notice was given. Certificates for Marriage cannot be used for a ceremony from 4 May 2021 onwards. A process will be in place to issue Marriage Schedules from 4 May 2021 where Certificates for Marriage have already been issued.
When a couple or one of the parties is travelling abroad to get married or form a civil partnership, please visit the Marriage outside England and Wales page for more information.
Please also check in plenty of time with the foreign consulate and British Embassy or High Commission for local requirements.
If you have had an overseas divorce, have immigration issues or require an interpreter, please book a weekday appointment between 10am and 3pm as we may not have access to the full support that you may need outside these hours (including at weekends). In a worst-case scenario, this could result in us not being able to see you or you needing to arrange a follow-up visit, possibly for an additional charge.
Important: if you require an interpreter to help you, you must bring your own interpreter aged 16+ and this cannot be your partner.
Please only make an appointment once you have read this page in full and you have the correct documents to present to us.
If you require further assistance or need to book a Notice for a ceremony outside England or Wales please call 020 8489 2605.
- Please consider getting a free COVID-19 test the day before or on the same day of your appointment or ceremony - test results are received in less than an hour.
Find out more on how to get a COVID-19 test in Haringey
Do not attend a notice appointment if you are in quarantine or believe or know that you pose a risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). The latest government information can be found at GOV.UK (external link)
Important: you must NOT come to an appointment if:
- You or members of your party believe that they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 over the past 2 weeks. Key symptoms include:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste
- You or members of your party believe that anyone in their household (not just family) or anybody you or they have been in close contact with have any of the symptoms of COVID-19
- You or members of your party are currently feeling unwell or are caring for somebody who is currently feeling unwell with an illness harmful to others
- A medical professional has advised you or a member of your party to not attend an appointment or ceremony
- You or members of your party are supposed to be in quarantine or in an area subject to a local 'lockdown'. We may report you to the relevant authorities including the Home Office and UK Border Force if during your interview we identify that you should not be attending due to quarantine, national or local restrictions placed upon you or members of your party. Please do not put other customers and our staff at risk
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