If you are planning to get married, here are the steps you need to take to make sure your special day runs as smoothly and successfully as possible.
There are a number of places where you can married -
Church of England or Church in Wales If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should first speak to the Vicar of the parish where you wish to marry.
other places of worship If you wish to marry in any building used for worship and licensed for marriages, other than the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should contact the person in charge of marriages at the building.
Hull Register Office or our ceremony room at the Guildhall Hull Register Office can offer ceremonies in our ceremony room at the Guildhall and also at The Wilson Centre
an approved premises in Hull There are 16 venues in Hull licensed to hold a marriage ceremony. These include prestigious council buildings such as Hull City Hall, hotels and restaurants, and even the world’s only submarium, The Deep.
Before getting married, you must first ‘give notice’ of your intention at the register office in the district in which you live. You are required to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice. A notice fee must be paid at the time of giving notice.
If you are getting married in a register office or approved premises, you will need to agree the date and time for your marriage with both the venue and the registrar who is attending to register and conduct your ceremony.
You do not have to live in Hull to get married in Hull. However if you or your partner live outside of Hull, you will need to contact the registration district in which you live to give notice.
From 29 March 2014, the law has allowed for marriage ceremonies for same sex couples and from 10 December 2014, the law changed again to allow those couples already in a civil partnership the option to convert this partnesrship to a marriage.
Civil partnerships remain unchanged and are available same sex couples. Registration officers are unable to advise couples on whether to choose a marriage or civil partnership, as this is really a personal choice.
Couples not currently in a civil partnership who want to opt for a civil marriage are required to first give notice of their intention to marry. This is a different type of notice to that in relation to registering a civil partnership and as such you must be clear of your intention when attending the appointment with us. Notice can't be given more than 12 months in advance or until the venue has been decided. The minimum period between giving notice and when you can get married or register your civil partnership is 28 clear days.
Couples who have already registered their civil partnership and wish to convert this registration to a marriage won't be required to give notice.