These FAQs apply to couples getting married with Leicestershire Registration Service.
You can apply to change your name on your passport up to three months prior to your ceremony. You will need to complete a PD2 form which you download from the UK Government website.
This form needs to be signed by a Registrar from the district in which your marriage is taking place. If your marriage is taking place in Leicestershire please contact us to do this.
Only Deputy Superintendent Registrars are able to perform a legally binding civil marriage or civil partnership ceremonies.
You will need two witnesses. They can be relatives or friends and must be able to understand written and spoken English.
We cannot provide witnesses for you.
By law, there is no minimum age but witnesses should be mature enough to understand the ceremony and both written and spoken English. They must also be able to potentially testify in court.
A religious ceremony must be held after your civil ceremony otherwise, it could cast doubt on the legality of your marriage.
As this is a civil ceremony, no religious connotation is permitted. This includes imagery such as trinity candles, crosses on the walls, or religious text. Religious practices such as hand fasting and blessings or prayers are also not permitted.
Your Registrar will advise you on content suitable for music and readings.
You must be at least 16 years old before you can contract a marriage. If you are aged in between 16 and have not reached your 18th birthday by the date of your intended marriage, you will need the consent of whoever is responsible for you (parent or guardian).
Please contact us for more information.
This is done only in exceptional circumstances. For example, if the bride, groom or a close relative is terminally ill and not expected to recover, it is possible for the 28 days to be reduced on the authority of the Registrar General.
You will need to contact us as soon as possible and the decision lies at the discretion of the Registrar General.
Registrars will need to check that all the information on the paperwork is up to date as this information will go into the marriage register. The Registrar can update changes to occupations, addresses and ages.
The details of your father or step-father will also be checked. For a step-father to be included on the marriage entry, he must have been married to your mother at some point.
We ask these details for genealogy purposes – the best way to trace a family tree is through birth and marriage certificates.
Most couples do not want to see each other before the ceremony and we are happy to work with you on this.
You will still be interviewed separately whether you see each other before or not.
Yes of course. This will be discussed prior to the ceremony.
The Registrar will ask you to repeat all vows after them. If you make a mistake, they will simply repeat what you need to say. Please don’t be embarrassed, your guests are there to celebrate your big day and will understand if you make a mistake – you are only human!
Photographs and film are wonderful reminders of your day. Registrars will explain to your photographer (and guests who wish to take photos/video), when and where this should take place.
You will receive one marriage certificate initially. Additional certificates can be purchased – contact us for more information.
This is your final meeting before the big day and is your opportunity to discuss the finer details – timings, music, readings, wording, who stands where and who says what. Those final decisions and choices should have been made in plenty of time for this appointment as it may not be possible to accommodate late requests.
The booking confirmation will explain what you need to bring with you. You will also be asked to pay any outstanding fees.