Registration of Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What documents do I need to bring with me on the day I get married?

Answer: You do not need to bring any documents on the day of your marriage, all the legal paperwork would have been agreed at the time of giving notice of marriage. Any payments for attendance and marriage certificates must be paid for at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the ceremony.

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Question: Can I get a copy of my divorce papers from the registrars?

Answer: No. You will need to apply for those through the court or solicitor that dealt with your divorce.

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Question: I need to order a copy certificate but the registration did not take place on the island. Where can I obtain a copy certificate?

Answer: You will need to get in contact with the registars office where the birth / death / marriage took place. Or apply direct to General Register Office on link below - Related Link

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Question: Do I have to make an appointment to get a copy of a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership certificate?

Answer: No, certificates can be ordered over the telephone, by post, online or in some cases by using downloadable forms on the Isle of Wight Family History website (www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/) The public can also attend at the Register Office at Seaclose and complete the relevant forms. A chargeable priority service is available, otherwise allow up to 5 working days. You will also need to check, if requiring a copy marriage certificate from a Church wedding, whether the register is at the Register Office or still at the Church.

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Question: Can we personalise our ceremony?

Answer: Register Office - can play own music, advisable to bring in CD prior to the date of the ceremony and can include 1 short reading as part of the ceremony, this must not contain any religious connotation.

Approved Premises - (licenced venues other than the Register Office) you may add up to 4 readings and select your own music to be played (it is the responsibility of the venue to operate the music and supply the equipment) A copy of the marriage ceremony will be emailed to you at least 3 months prior to the ceremony, you can liaise with the ceremonies coordinator to agree any changes required.

Readings must not contain any religious connotations and any additional vows or changes to the ceremony must be agreed with the Ceremonies Coordinator prior to the date of the ceremony.

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Question: I am interested in getting married abroad, are you able to provide some information on this?

Answer: General information can be found via the link below. Alternatively, if you require any additional or specific advice, please contact the Registrars Office on 01983 823233 - Related Link

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Question: Where can I get married on the Isle of Wight apart from church?

Answer: Civil marriages can be conducted in the Register Office or at one of the licensed venues on the Isle of Wight. For further information please visit www.iwight.com/registrars or ask the Register Office for a copy of their ceremonies guide.

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Question: Are there any requirements to having a witness?

Answer: A marriage or Civil Partnerhsip requires a minimum of 2 witnesses to attend and witness the legal proceedings.

The only requirement to being a witness is that the person fully understands the nature of the ceremony and, if called upon, would be able to relate to what went on at the ceremony. We recommend that in order to be able to do this each witness should be 18 yrs and over. If someone is under 18 yrs then we suggest that they sign as a third witness.


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Question: How long is a marriage notice valid?

Answer: A notice of marriage is valid for one year. However, although you can change the date and time of the wedding within that year, the venue (place of marriage) cannot be changed, without giving fresh notice.

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Question: Can I change my surname on my passport before I get married?

Answer: Yes, you will need to get a form from the Post Office (PD2) and take or send it to the Superintendent Registrar or Minister who will be conducting the ceremony, indicating which passport office you will be using. Part of this form needs to be sent with your passport application, and the other part is retained by the Superintendent Registrar until after the marriage has taken place.

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Question: What if myself or my partner is subject to immigration control during our stay in the UK?

Answer: If either of the people intending to enter into a marriage or civil partnership is subject to any form of immigration control then both parties will need to attend together at a designated register office (DRO) for their notices of marriage or civil partnership.

For Isle of Wight residents the nearest DRO is Southampton telephone no. 023 8063 1422. For people resident on the mainland they will need to check if their local register office is a DRO and arrange to attend an appointment together - most London register offices are DRO's.

For people residing on the Isle of Wight they do not need to live in the Southampton district for 7 days prior to going in for their appointment i.e. residency on the Island is acceptable. The ceremony itself can still take place on the Island but the legal preliminaries need to be done at the DRO.

In general terms, people who are citizens of EU member states will not have any form of immigration restriction imposed but it is advisable to check this with the individuals beforehand if in any doubt.

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Question: How do I obtain a Certificate of no impediment?

Answer: The process is the same as giving notice to get married but it depends who you are getting married to and where you are getting married. Once all the appropriate checks have been carried out and the relevant requirements met, your Certificate of No Impediment will then be displayed on our notice board for 28 days
For more information please contact the Register Office.

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Question: Do we have to give any formal Notice?

Answer: Before a civil partnership can take place, couples must give formal Notice of their intention to enter into this partnership. This must be given to the local register office in the district where you have been living for at least the last 8 days.


A non-refundable booking fee of £45 is payable to secure a venue, date and time with the Isle of Wight Register Office

Once the notice has been given, a period of twenty eight clear days must elapse before the Schedule (authority for the partnership to take place) can be issued. This is valid for one year. The Notice and Schedule will state the place in which the ceremony will take place and if you wish to change the venue then new Notices will have to be given.

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Question: What documents should I bring when giving notice for marriage or a Civil Partnership?

Answer: It is vital that a couple have decided on the venue for the ceremony i.e. Register Office or Approved Premises. It is not possible to give notice of marriage without having decided on the venue.
A non-refundable booking fee is payable to confirm the chosen venue/ date and time, this booking must be made with the Isle of Wight Register Office prior to attending to give notice of marriage. Please pay by cash or card.

There are a number of documents required for giving notice of marriage:

1. PROOF OF NATIONALITY, NAME and ADDRESS - a valid passport, photocard driving licence, bank statement,DWP Letter or HRMC Letter (dated in last 3 months) If you were born on or after 1st January 1983 then you will also need to confirm British nationality e.g. by producing a valid UK passport or if reasonably possible, by bringing in one of your parents birth certificates to prove that he or she is a British citizen. If you do not bring these documents your appointment will not go ahead.
2. If your NAME HAS CHANGED by deed poll or statutory declaration the relevant documents will need to be shown.
3. If either party has been MARRIED BEFORE proof of how the last marriages ended ie Decree absolute or death certificate. Please contact the register office if the decree absolute is not British.
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO PROVIDE - PROOF OF RESIDENCE ie bank statement or utility bill. If both parties live at the same address, then each of you need to provide proof of your address.(dated in the last month)


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Question: What is the ceremony fee for an Approved Premises?

Answer: Approved Premises Fees for April 2019- March 2020:

Monday to Thursday - £410.00
Friday - £445.00
Saturday - £470.00
Sunday/Bank Holidays - £495.00

St. Catherine's Room at the Isle of Wight Register Office - £95.00


Please contact our office on 01983 823233 to discuss our full ceremony fees.

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Question: How much does a copy of a marriage/Civil Partnership certificate cost?

Answer: All certificates are £11.00 each. Please pay by cash or card.

If you were married in a Church, you will need to discuss with the Registrars whether the register is still held at the Church.

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Question: Do we get a marriage certificate on the day of the wedding?

Answer: You do get issued one certificate on the day of the wedding. Any additional certificates requested in advance of the ceremony will be printed and sent to you by post. All certificates are £11.00 each. Please pay by cash or card.

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Question: Who can apply for a copy certificate?

Answer: Anyone can apply for a copy of anyone’s birth, marriage and/or death certificate as long as they have enough relevant information. Certificates are £11.00 each. We offer a standard priority service at £35.00 per certificate - this will be to collect or to post 1st class within 24 hours, otherwise allow up to 5 working days.
Please pay by cash or card. To order online please use the link below:
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Question: What information do I need to supply to obtain a copy of a certificate?

Answer: The birth, death or marriage must have taken place on the Island from 1837. The exact information that you need to supply can be found on the downloadable form - select which certificate type you require. A chargeable priority service is available to collect in 24 hours or 1st post within 24 hours for £35.00. For standard collection service at £11.00 per certificate please allow 3 working days before collecting. Please pay by cash or card.

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Question: I do not live on the Isle of Wight, but I am getting married there. Do I need to send any documents to you once I have given notice?

Answer: You will need to give notice at your local Register Office. After the notice period of 28 days (or 72 if subject to immigration) has elapsed your local office will update the system. Your authorities for marriage will be printed by the Isle of Wight Register Office so there will no documents you need to bring to us. If you are getting married in a church you may need to collect the authorities from us to give to the vicar or authorised person before your ceremony takes place.

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