Marriage ceremonies abroad
Certificate of No Impediment
If you have chosen to get married or enter into a civil partnership outside of England and Wales, there are different rules that apply depending on the country where your ceremony will take place. You may have been asked to provide a Certificate of No Impediment. A Certificate of No Impediment is a certificate which confirms there are no objections to a proposed marriage or civil partnership, and is sometimes required if you are planning a ceremony abroad.
It is important that you first consult with the authorities in the country where you are planning to hold your ceremony to check what legal paperwork will be required before your ceremony can take place. Your local register office can sometimes issue these certificates, however, they cannot be issued for all countries and nationalities due to the various legislation and agreements between relevant countries. You may also need to complete legal paperwork in the country where your ceremony is to take place.
If you are a Bromley borough resident, and the authorities in the country where you wish to marry / enter into a civil partnership have confirmed that you require a Certificate of No Impediment please phone to make an appointment. When you attend your appointment to give notice, you must be able to state the town, locality and country where your ceremony will take place.
Further information and assistance is available at www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad which also has a tool to find out what documents are needed when entering into a marriage or civil partnership abroad.