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Arranging a marriage at a place of worship

Same sex couples can only marry in a religious ceremony where the religious organisation has 'opted in' to conduct such ceremonies and the minister of religion agrees.

If you are marrying in any religious building other than the Church of England or Church of Wales, you are still both required to give a notice of marriage. 

In some circumstances the Minister at a Church of England is unable to read the banns and therefore will refer couples to their relevant register office. If this is the case for you, please contact us at registeroffice@manchester.gov.uk and include your names, address, date and place of marriage and a contact telephone number and we will give you a call to book you an appointment.

The church or religious building must normally be situated in the district where you or your partner live, unless either of you usually go to worship in that building.

You may also get married in another district if there is no building of your religion in the district where you or your partner lives.

The marriage can only take place at the venue you name on the notice of marriage. If you change the venue you will have to give, and pay for, fresh notices of marriage.

If the church or religious building you are getting married in does not have its own authorised person to register the marriage, you will need to arrange for a registrar to attend. This will cost £90, including the cost of a marriage certificate.

If you need a registrar to attend, you should check that a registrar is available for your chosen date and time, before you give your notices of marriage.

New marriage legislation means that the way a marriage is registered in England and Wales will change from 4 May 2021.

Changes to the way in which a marriage in a religious building (other than Church of England / wales) is registered after 3 May 2021

Changes to the way in which a marriage in the Church of England / Church of Wales is registered after 3 May 2021

 

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