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Getting married

Coronavirus updates

  • Due to Coronavirus it may be necessary to cancel or reschedule appointments and ceremonies at short notice.
  • By booking at this time you agree that you understand and accept the risk of late notice cancellations or rescheduling.
  • In the interest of our staff and other members of the public if you or anyone in your household is feeling unwell, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or in isolation, do not attend your ceremony or appointment at Morden Park House.
  • We have published a ceremony FAQ document which may answer some questions on our Book a Ceremony page. 
  • Face coverings will be encouraged to be worn by all visiting Morden Park House for all appointments. 
  • All those visiting Morden Park House are expected to keep a minimum of 2 metres from our staff at all times.

Introduction

There are usually two steps to getting married:

  1. Give notice at a register office
  2. Have a civil or religious ceremony

The steps may be different for some religious ceremonies.

Giving notice of marriage

Unless you are getting married in an Anglican church and not subject to immigration control, you must give notice at a register office.

Please note this applies only to those living in England and Wales. Carefully read the following 4 options that fit your circumstances:
  1. If both you and your partner are British / Irish nationals then you must both give at least 28 clear days' notice at the register office for the local authority where you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go separately to the appropriate register offices).
  2. If both you and your partner re enrolled enrolled on the European Settlement scheme with settled / pre settled status or have an application pending made before 30th June 2021; then you must both give at least 28 clear days' notice at the register office for the local authority where you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go separately to the appropriate register offices).
  3. If you are British / Irish and your partner is enrolled on the European Settlement scheme with settled / pre settled status or have an application pending made before 30th June 2021; then you must both give at least 28 clear days' notice at the register office for the local authority where you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go separately to the appropriate register offices).
  4. If both you and / or your partner have indefinite leave to remain; then you must give at least 28 clear days' notice together at the register office for the local authority where one or both of you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go together to one of those register offices).
  5. If both you and / or your partner have acquired a marriage visa to marry in this country; then you must give at least 28 clear days' notice together at the register office for the local authority where one or both of you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go together to one of those register offices).
  6. If you or your partner are subject to immigration control, that is where at least one of you are:
  • not British or Irish
  • without indefinite leave to remain / indefinite leave to enter
  • have not enrolled on the European Settlement scheme with settled /  pre settled status or have an application pending made before 30th June 2021
  • have not acquired a visa to marry / form a civil partnership in the UK
  • other exemption from immigration control

you must give notice together at the register office for the local authority where one or both of you live (this will mean if you live in different districts then you will need to go together to one of those register offices). You both will be referred to Home Office Immigration under the 'referral and investigation' scheme. This may mean that you may have your notice period extended from 28 to 70 days if the Home Office has reasonable grounds to investigate their circumstances and will increase the fee per person from £35.00 to £47.00.

Fees for giving Notice

Standard hours fee per notice: £35.00 or £47.00. So for a couple giving notice the fee would be: £70.00 or £94.00.

(Standard hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-15:30)

Appointments

Appointments are available at Merton Register Office from Monday to Friday between 9.30am - 4.00pm (except the 3rd Thursday of the month) and occasional weekends.

To book an appointment please telephone 020 8274 5777.

Book a notice of intention

What should we take to our notice appointment?

To reduce the number of documents are staff are required to handle please scan or take high quality photos of your documents and e-mail copies these to register.office@merton.gov.uk once you have booked an appointment.

You must also bring the original documents with you.

You must each bring the following to your notice appointment:

  • your current valid passport (original document)
  • the name and address of your marriage or civil partnership venue
  • proof of address - this must be one of the following original documents:

Item

Validity period

Utility bill Must be dated within the last three months
Bank statement Must be dated within the last month
Council Tax bill Must be dated within the last year
Mortgage Statement Must be dated within the last year
Driving licence Must be valid and in date.

 

Other original documents you must bring, depending on your circumstances:

Your circumstances

What to bring

​You or your partner are enrolled on the European Settlement scheme with settled / pre settled status / have an application pending made before 30th June 2021. ​​- A share code to evidence your status.

Acquired by visiting view and prove your immigration status.

You or your partner are not British, Irish or enrolled on the European Settlement scheme with settled / pre settled status / have an application pending made before 30th June 2021.

You and / or your partner has acquired a marriage visa to marry in this country.

 

- 1 Passport sized photo for each of you

Divorced or dissolved civil partnership

 

- final divorce or dissolution document, please note that an electronic copy will only be accepted if we can see that it originated from the court that issued it

- marriage or civil partnership certificate

- if documents are not in English, a full English translation by a third party, including translator's details and signature.

Widowed or are a surviving civil partner

- spouse or civil partner's death certificate

- marriage or civil partnership certificate.

Changed name - proof of name change.
Under 18 - completed parental consent form; collect one from us before your notice appointment.

Converting a Civil Partnership to a Marriage

From 10th December 2014 the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 enables civil partners to convert their civil partnership to a marriage provided that it was formed:

  • in England or Wales
  • at a British Consulate
  • by British Armed Forces Personnel (only where their civil partnership has been formed overseas under the provision of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, not under local law)

The completed conversion will automatically end the civil partnership and the couple will be treated as having been married since the date the civil partnership was formed.

Where both the couple can attend a register office, the conversion can be completed without requiring the usual consents, notice periods, witnesses, residency requirements or reciting of statutory words (though the Superintendent Registrar is required to state statutory words during the conversion process). This is because the civil partners are already in legal relationship. Please note there are exceptions to this standard process so please telephone us for clarification of your circumstances.

The actual process will involve an appointment during which the (Deputy) Superintendent Registrar completes a declaration document that must be signed by the couple.

Appointments are available at Merton Register Office from Monday to Friday between 9.30am - 4.00pm. Please contact us to book an appointment.

 

Ceremonies

In Merton, marriage ceremonies can take place at:

Same-sex couples can marry in a religious building where permission has been given by the organisation and the building has been registered for the marriage of same sex couples.

Clergy Letter for us taking Notice

Fees for marriage certificates

If the event occurred in Merton we can produce copies of certificates for the following fees:

ServiceCost per certificate excluding postagePostage - Recorded Postage - Special Postage - European Postage - Worldwide
​At registration£11.00​​N/AN/A​N/A​N/A​

Standard 5 day

£11.00

£2.50

£8.00

£10.00

£11.00

24 hour

£35.00

£2.50

£8.00

£10.00

£11.00

1 hour

£45.00

Collection only

Order a marriage certificate

Terms and conditions

Merton Registration Service Terms and Conditions

Search our marriage records

Family history

Related websites

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm, except for the third Thursday of every month when the office closes at 12.30pm.

Contact us

Merton Register Office
Morden Park House
Morden Park
London Road
Morden
SM4 5QU

Map of Merton Register Office

Email: register.office@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8274 5777

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