Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

Unless you are getting married in the Church of England or the Church in Wales you will both need to give a notice at the register office in the district you live in.

Further information


At the time of giving notice, you must have been living in the registration district for the eight days immediately prior to giving notice. Both of you must give your own notice. A standard notice is valid for 12 months.

When can weddings and ceremonies take place at Town Hall?

Civil weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ceremonies held at other approved premises within the city of Leicester can be held on any day of the week. 

How do I book an appointment?

You need to give notice in the district you live in, if you are unsure, do get in touch with us and we will confirm from your address whether or not you are within the city boundary.

If you live in the city of Leicester, you can book your notice of marriage appointment by telephone or visit us:

  • Ring us on: 0116 454 1000, (Monday to Thursday between 8.45am to 4.45pm. Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm)
  • Visit our office: Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 9BG, (Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm).

Please note that the ceremony enquiries section is closed daily from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday for face-to-face enquiries.

How much will it cost?

  • Cost for giving notice is £35 each, (including British EU indefinite leave to remain) or a marriage visa.
  • Any other foreign national the charge will be £47 each.

How can I make payment?

Payment can be made by card over the phone or personally by card, cash or cheque by coming to the Register Office. Please note we do not take American Express.

What documents will I need?

When you give your notice of intention to marry or become civil partners, you must be able to declare that both of you are free to do so.

The register office will ask you to produce the following documents:

  • Your passport
  • Your birth certificate, if it was issued in the UK
  • Evidence of your address, e.g. bank statement dated within the last month, utility bill dated within the last three months, valid UK driving licence, most recent council tax bill.

Have any further questions?

We understand you may be going through personal circumstances such as, immigration control, divorce, deceased partner and name changes which you may queries about. We've put together a list of frequently asked questions which you find useful.


What can we expect on the day of our marriage/civil partnership?

What can we expect on the day of our marriage/civil partnership?

Who can attend our wedding? What will happen once we arrive on the day? Can we take photos? These are just few questions you may have about your big day!
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