Marriage Preparation

Couples preparing for marriage in Northern Ireland are asked to note that the period of notice for Marriage, which is required by civil law, has increased from a minimum of 14 days to a minimum of 28 days, with effect from 2nd March 2015. Therefore, couples must give at least 28 days notice of marriage to the civil Registrar local to the place where marriage is to be celebrated. Please note that this is the legal minimum, but longer periods of notification are recommended by the General Register Office.

The Churches requirement is unchanged at three months.