WHERE TO WED
Not sure where to start? Here are those all-important ceremony details…
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.
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.