Marriages, civil partnerships and celebratory services

Giving notice of a marriage or civil partnership / booking an appointment

If you wish to marry in a civil ceremony, it is a legal requirement that you then enter notice of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership.

This must be done no more than 12 months, but at least 28 clear days, before the ceremony can take place.

How to book an appointment

You must live in Central Bedfordshire to book an appointment with us.

Book an appointment online

You can also book an appointment by phone: 0300 300 8089.

If you need more information, please email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

If you live outside Central Bedfordshire

If you live outside Central Bedfordshire and are not subject to immigration control, you must enter your notice with the superintendent registrar of the registration district where you live.

If you are subject to immigration control, you will have to attend a designated register office to give your notice of marriage. For further information, please email life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Documents you need to bring

Proof of identity

If you were born on or before 31 December 1982, your current passport will suffice for proof of identity.

If you don't have a current passport, you will need to provide:

  • your full birth certificate
  • evidence of current use of the name and surname referred to on the birth certificate (any change of name, evidence of the change of name), via either a utility bill dated within the last 3 months, bank / building society statement dated within the last month, Council Tax bill dated no more than 1 year before, mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before, current residential tenancy agreement, or valid driving licence
  • deed poll, change of name deed or statutory declaration if either of you have changed your name

If you were born on or after 1 January 1983, your current passport will suffice for proof of identity.

If you don't have a current passport, you will need to provide:

  • your full birth certificate
  • your mother's birth certificate, or father’s birth certificate and your parent’s marriage certificate
  • evidence of current use of the name and surname referred to on the birth certificate (any change of name, evidence of the change of name) via either a utility bill dated within the last 3 months, bank / building society statement dated within last month, Council Tax bill dated no more than 1 year before, mortgage statement dated no more than 1 year before, current residential tenancy agreement, or valid driving licence
  • deed poll, change of name deed or statutory declaration if either of you have changed your name

Proof of residence (all applicants)

Proof of address can be:

  • a driving licence
  • a Council Tax bill dated within the last year
  • a utility bill dated within last 3 months
  • a bank statement dated within the last month

Divorced / partnership dissolved / widowed

If divorced or previous civil partnership dissolved, you will need:

  • original court stamped Decree Absolute(s) / Dissolution(s)
  • documents with regard to your marriage / civil partnership abroad
    Please note: as of 1 November 2017, if you were divorced outside the British Isles, you will be charged a fee of £50 - £75 to have your divorce papers cleared
  • if you are widowed, you will need death certificate(s) of spouse
  • if the names you are using are different to the names on your documents, you must provide proof to link the names, eg. marriage/civil partnership certificate, change of name deed

Under 18

If under 18, you will need a completed Parental Consent form(s). Consent forms are obtainable from our superintendent registrar.