Frequently asked questions about marriage
- Can we renew our marriage vows?
- Do I have to take my husband's name when I get married?
- How much does it cost to get married?
- What documents do I need to bring when I come to make the arrangements to get married?
- Who do I have to notify if I decide to change my name?
- How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?
- How do I find an approved wedding venue?
1. Can we renew our marriage vows?
Yes, you can. For more information, read our Renewal of vows page.
2. Do I have to take my husband's name when I get married?
You are not obliged to take your husband's name if you do not want to. For more detailed advice on the options available to you, search online for "changing name after marriage".
3. How much does it cost to get married?
The marriage fee varies according to the venue of your marriage and the day of the week on which it takes place. For more information, read our Marriage fees page.
4. What documents do I need to bring when I come to make the arrangements to get married?
You will need documents to prove your nationality and residency. If you have been married before, you will need to bring a decree absolute of divorce, or, if your husband or wife died, his or her death certificate. You will need to bring any relevant deed poll or change of name documents and proof of parents' consent where one of the couple is under 18. For a more detailed summary of necessary documents, read the Documents Required section on our Legal Requirements - Marriage page.
5. Who do I have to notify if I decide to change my name?
You are obliged only to notify those organisations that have an interest in your identity, such as your bank, your employer, the Inland Revenue etc.
6. How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?
For details of how to get a copy of your marriage certificate, read our copy certificates page.