Civil marriage ceremonies

Giving notice of marriage

We can now book appointments for notices of marriage and civil partnership.  We do understand that this has been a time of uncertainty and frustration for couples planning a ceremony, and we thank you for your patience.

We will need you to bring proof of your ceremony booking to the appointment, together with your legal documents. Your ceremony booking proof can either be an email or letter, confirming the name of the venue where your ceremony (not your reception) will take place.

You are strongly advised to check with your ceremony venue that they are able to proceed within public health guidelines for the date and the guest numbers you have booked before proceeding to give notice.

After you have booked your ceremony, you are both legally required to give a Notice of Marriage, in person, at a Register Office.

If you are both British, from the EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss nationals, you are not subject to immigration control and must give your notices of marriage in the district(s) in which you have lived for the proceeding eight nights immediately prior to giving your notices.

If you live in the London Borough Bromley, you will need to give notice at Bromley Register Office.  Please telephone us on 0300 303 8667 to make an appointment.

If you are not resident within London Borough Bromley, you will need to give your Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership at the register office in the district(s) where you live.

If one or both of you are not British, from the EEA or Swiss nationals, please note that Bromley Register Office is not designated to carry out legal preliminaries for persons subject to immigration control who wish to marry. More information about marriage for foreign nationals.

The statutory fee to give notice is currently £35 per person, and is non-refundable and not transferable should the ceremony not go ahead as intended.   There are additional fees for consideration of a divorce granted outside England and Wales.

When both notices have been given, you must wait 28 clear days before the ceremony can take place. The ceremony must take place within one year of the date of the first notice. 

If you need to arrange an urgent marriage for someone who is dying, outside our office hours of 8.30am to 5.00pm, please telephone the emergency duty officer on 0300 303 8671.

Cost

Each notice of marriage costs £35 which is a non-refundable fee. 

£50-75 for consideration of foreign (outside British Isles) divorce/civil partnership dissolution documentation.