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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Giving Notice

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Giving Notice is a legal requirement, that anyone wishing to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales must complete before their ceremony can take place.

  • Notices must be given at a Register Office in the district where you live. You do not both need to live in the same district, or live in the district where your ceremony will be taking place
  • You will need to provide certain identification documents to the Registrar at your notice appointment
  • A statutory fee of £35 per person is payable when booking your appointment
  • Notices are venue specific. You will need to know where your marriage/civil partnership will be taking place before giving notice. Changing your venue once notice has been given will result in you needing to give new notices and paying the notice fee again
  • Notice must be given at least 28 days before your ceremony
  • Notice cannot be given more than 12 months in advance
  • Notices are valid for 12 months. If your marriage/civil partnership does not take place within 12 months of giving notice, new notices will be needed
  • A statutory waiting period of 28* full days must pass before you are able to marry or form a civil partnership

*This statutory waiting period may be extended if you and/or your partner are a non-EEA or Swiss national.

East Sussex has four Register Offices located in Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes

If you live outside East Sussex you can find your local register office here.

If you and/or your partner live outside England and Wales

Anyone wanting to marry or form a civil partnership in England or Wales must meet a residency requirement. A residency within England and Wales must be established before notice can be given. You must have resided at one address for at least 7 consecutive days prior to Giving Notice (this works out as 9 days, as they day of arrival and of your notice appointment do not count). You are free to leave the country once notice has been given. 


If one or both of you are non-EEA citizens 

If you and/or your partner are non-EEA nationals or are subject to immigration control you will need to Give Notice at a Designated Register Office. Please note, this may not be your local Register Office, and the statutory waiting period may be extended to 70 days. 

For further information please visit the GOV UK website.


To book your notice appointment at an East Sussex Register Office call us on 0345 60 80 198


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