Thinking of marrying in the United Kingdom? Before you do, consider the requirements and make sure you fulfill them. You don't want your wedding delayed simply because you left an item off your checklist!
ID Requirement and Residency Requirements
You will need a passport or another identity document. If either of you is under 18, a birth certificate is required. The UK prefers to have everyone bring a birth certificate. They will want proof of your name, age, marital status, and nationality. Visitors need to satisfy both the residential qualification of 7 days and the 15 waiting days before they can marry in the UK.
If you are divorced or widowed, you need to show evidence such as an original death certificate or divorce absolute certificate with the original court seal. The UK will not accept photocopies.
Fees and Waiting Period
Fees and waiting periods can change at any time—always make sure you check in advance, so as not to be unprepared.
Other Forms of Marriage
Your Certificate of Marriage is valid for one year. This is not the Marriage Certificate which is given after the wedding. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can marry only with written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Blood tests are not required.