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Marriage or civil partnership arrangement and ceremonies

Last updated 1 April 2014

Register office opening hours

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

We are closed on Bank Holidays and Sundays, with the exception of obtaining burial certificates for burial within 24 hours. Please call Waltham Forest Direct between 9am-11am. This service is not available Good Friday or Christmas Day.

Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

It is a legal requirement to give notice in advance of marriage or civil partnership.

If you are getting married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, you do not usually have to give notice of marriage. The church will advise you further.

European Nationals

If you are having a civil marriage or civil partnership, you each need to go to your local register office to give notice (i.e. the borough in which you reside). If you both live in Waltham Forest you may attend together, or separately, at the Register Office in Grove Road.

If you plan to hold your marriage or civil partnership in a different area, you should also contact the local register office for that area before you give notice, to ensure that officials will be available on the day.

You both must give notice in person - no one else can do it on your behalf.

Before you give notice, you should make sure that you are able to satisfy the laws concerning residency and immigration control, as detailed below:

Residency before giving notice

You both need to have lived in the area in which you wish to give notice for at least seven full days (full day is 24 hours) immediately before giving notice. This applies to everyone including those travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England or Wales.

If one person is resident in England or Wales, the other person may also give notice in Scotland.

If you are subject to immigration controls, you will have to give notice of your intention to register a civil partnership at a designated office such as the Waltham Forest Register Office. You will be required to attend together to give notice.

For more information visit the UK Border Agency website at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/marriage-cp/

How old do you have to be to give Notice?

You must be over 18 years of age to marry without consent. If you are between 16 and 18 years old you must have your parents/guardians' written consent to the marriage (a form is available for this purpose from the Register Office or you can download it below).

Consent to marriage form

Booking to give Notice

Make an appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership. When you arrive at the Register Office on your scheduled day please book in at reception at least 10 minutes before your appointment time. There are parking restrictions in the area and you may find it difficult to find a parking space.

Please note:

  • Attending the office to give notice of marriage is the first step of your intention to marry. This is not the date of your marriage/civil partnership ceremony.
  • You must know where your ceremony is taking place at the time of giving notice.
  • If EITHER of you do not speak English, you must bring an interpreter with you. This can be another member of your family or a friend who has command of the English language.

What documents do you need?

When you come to the office to give your notice of intention to marry, you will need to produce:

  • Evidence of your name, age, marital status, nationality and address (a current valid passport is the preferred document for your identity)
  • Two official original proof of address for each person such as utility bills dated within the last 3 months or a driving licence
  • If you are not subject to immigration control you may also provide a birth certificate or national identity card.
  • If you have been married before you will need to produce documentation to confirm that you are now free to marry.
  • If you are divorced or the marriage was annulled in the UK you must have the decree absolute, bearing the court’s original stamp. Photocopies are not acceptable
  • If the divorce was granted in a foreign country and is not in the English language, a certified translation of the divorce document will also be required
  • If you are widowed, you will need to produce the death certificate of your former spouse and the marriage certificate. (If these documents are not in English certified translations will be required).

What happens next?

Notices are displayed on the public notice boards of the register office for 15 clear days. The ‘authorities for marriage’ can be issued at this point and these must be collected from the register office and taken to whoever is officiating at the ceremony (religious minister or a registrar) in advance of the ceremony. Your marriage cannot take place without them.

The civil partnership schedule will automatically be issued by the relevant registration district. You will not be required to collect this. The 'authorities for marriage' or 'schedule' are only valid for use in the stated venue, so it is vital that you are certain of the place in which you plan to be married or form a civil partnership at the time of giving your notice.

If you need to change the venue after giving your notice you will be required to give fresh notices stating the new venue.

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months.

Fees

Item Fee
For giving a Notice of Marriage £35
For attending a housebound person to give Notice of Marriage £46
For attending a detained person to give Notice of Marriage £67
For Registrar General's Licence £15
For giving a Notice of Civil Partnership £35
For attending a housebound person to give Notice of Civil Partnership £46
For attending a detained person to give Notice of Civil Partnership £67
For Registrar's General Licence £15
For attending a marriage at the residence of a housebound person £82
For attending a marriage at the residence of a detained person £93

Marriage ceremony fees

Time Fee
Monday to Thursday £100
Friday £150
Saturday £230
Sunday and Bank Holidays £385

All marriage ceremony fees do not include the marriage certificate at £4.00 each (Government Set Fee)

Other fees

Fees for the Registrar to attend at an approved civil marriage venue (such as Hotels, Town Hall):

Day Fee
Monday to Friday (during office hours) £315
Monday to Friday (outside office hours)​ £315​
Saturday £370
Sunday / Bank Holidays £435

An admin fee of £25 will be charged for any changes to the date or time of your marriage once a booking has been made.

To confirm booking, full payment must be received 8 weeks in advance of date of ceremony. In the event of a cancellation the following conditions apply.

  • Up to 4 weeks prior to ceremony date, 50% of fee will be refunded
  • Thereafter, no refund will be made

Fees for Registrar to attend to register

Item Fee
Marriage at a registered building (eg church) £84
Marriage at the residence of a housebound person £79
Marriage at the residence of a detained person £86
Statutory marriage £45
Civil partnership - the signing of the schedule at the residence of a housebound person £79
Civil partnership - the signing of the schedule at the residence of a detained person £86
Civil partnership - the signing of the schedule £45

The above are also ceremonies so need to reflect the cancellation details below. To confirm booking, full payment must be received 8 weeks in advance of date of ceremony. In the event of a cancellation the following conditions apply.

  • Up to 4 weeks prior to ceremony date, 50% of fee will be refunded
  • Thereafter, no refund will be made

All attendance fees do not include the following:

  • Marriage certificate at £4 each at time of registration
  • Marriage certificate issued by the Registrar after the time of registration £7
  • Marriage certificate issued by the Superintendent Registrar after the time of registration £20 within the 24 hour service
  • The statutory fee of £10 is available. The certificate will be issued within 5-10 working days

Payment methods

Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

Approved wedding venues in Waltham Forest

  • The Forest Suite, Waltham Forest Register Office, The Old Vicarage, 106 Grove Road, Walthamstow, E17 9BY
  • The Town Hall, Waltham Forest, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
  • Chingford Assembly Hall, Town Hall Complex, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
  • Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Town Hall Complex, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
  • Pavilion Banqueting Suite, 324 Hoe Street, London E17 9PX
  • The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ
  • Epping Forest County Hotel, 30, Oak Hill, Woodford Green IG8 9NY www.countyhotelwoodford.co.uk
  • RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London, E17 3PR www.rslounge.co.uk
  • The Vestry House Museum, Vestry House, Vestry Road Walthamstow, E17 9NH
  • The William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP

If you wish to marry at one of our venues in Waltham Forest, you must contact the Register Office as soon as possible to make a provisional booking to secure the date and time you require. Having made your provisional booking there are legal formalities to complete prior to your marriage ceremony, as detailed above.

Registrar General’s License

A special licence enables a marriage or civil partnership to take place where one of the parties is terminally or seriously ill and not expected to recover, and therefore cannot be moved to a place where the marriage or civil partnership would normally take place.

The marriage may be by civil or religious ceremony, excepting Church of England or Church in Wales, where the parties to the marriage must apply to the Archbishop of Canterbury for a special licence.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Register Office for further information

Renewal of Marriage Vows / Civil Partnership Pledges

You may wish to celebrate a special anniversary with a renewal of vows or pledges.

Naming Ceremony

You may wish to celebrate the birth of a baby or hold a ceremony for all your children together.

The above ceremonies can be held in the The Forest Suite at the Register Office or any of our approved premises.

Renewal of vows/pledges/naming ceremonies

Time Fee
Monday–Friday £250
Saturday/Sunday and Bank Holidays £410


These are also ceremonies so need to reflect the cancellation fees below:

To confirm booking, full payment must be received 8 weeks in advance of date of ceremony. In the event of a cancellation the following conditions apply.

  • Up to 4 weeks prior to ceremony date, 50% of fee will be refunded
  • Thereafter, no refund will be made.

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