WHERE TO WED

Not sure where to start? Here are those all-im­por­tant cer­e­mony de­tails…

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The first thing to do is sit down with your fi­ancé and talk openly about the kind of day you want. The main cer­e­mony op­tions are:

1. CHURCH OF ENG­LAND

You may have to at­tend a num­ber of Sun­day ser­vices be­fore­hand. The mar­riage can be au­tho­rised by call­ing banns on three con­sec­u­tive Sun­days three months be­fore the day, or by ob­tain­ing a com­mon li­cence. Church fees are from £415, with ex­tra costs for choir, or­gan, etc. In Scot­land, banns aren’t nec­es­sary, but 15 days’ notice must be given at a reg­is­ter of­fice.

2. RO­MAN CATHOLIC

Take your bap­tism and con­fir­ma­tion cer­tifi­cates to your priest at least six months be­fore — if one of you is un­bap­tised then the priest needs to give per­mis­sion. You may have to at­tend mar­riage prepa­ra­tion talks and Mass for six weeks be­fore your wed­ding day. Visit your lo­cal su­per­in­ten­dent regis­trar to give notice and ob­tain your mar­riage li­cence. Fees vary.

3. JEWISH

You’ll need one ap­pli­ca­tion for your lo­cal reg­is­ter of­fice and one for the re­li­gious au­thor­i­ties.

4. CIVIL CER­E­MONY

Book your slot at a reg­is­ter of­fice less than 12 months and more than 17 days in ad­vance. You must have been res­i­dent in Eng­land/Wales for seven days be­fore vis­it­ing your lo­cal regis­trar to give notice, and the fee is £35 each to give notice. A reg­is­ter of­fice wed­ding costs £45. If the cer­e­mony is held else­where, you’ll need to pay for a regis­trar to at­tend.

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