How to Get Married in Wales

In Wales you can choose to have either a civil or a religious ceremony. However, please note that no marriage can take place unless all of the legal formalities have been completed.

Notice of marriage must be given in person to the Superintendent Registrar by one or both of the partners. No one else can do so on their behalf.

If both partners reside in the same registration district, either party may give notice to the Superintendent Registrar of that district.

If the couple resides in different districts, then each person must give notice in his/her district. Please Note: Notice cannot be given until both persons have lived in their respective districts for at least seven days. (see below for visitor information)

After the Superintendent Registrar has been notified of the intended marriage, it is displayed on a public notice board for 21 days. The reason for this is to allow anyone who has any objection to the marriage to register the objection.

A certificate of marriage is then issued and held at the register office until the day of marriage.

The marriage has to take place after 21 days and within one year of giving the Notice of Marriage.

Applications and/or Documents Required: Bring along original copies of the following (and be sure pack these in your hand luggage, never in your checked bags):

  • Photo ID such as Drivers License or Passport
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • If previously married, bring certified copy of divorce decree or death certificate

Waiting Period: 15 days

Residency Requirements: Seven days (visitors need to satisfy both the residential requirement of 7 days and the 15 day waiting period before they can marry)

Blood Test: none

~ by Liz Stiglets

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Note: provides the above information for guidance purposes only. Couples should verify all information with the consulate from their respective countries and with the local offices before making any plans.

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