Make sure you check out all the legal wedding information you need before you tie the knot.
Wedding are definitely all about love but they also come with their own set of legal implications, rules and regulations. To help you stay on track with your wedding planning, we’ve pulled together a whole lot of legal information so that you can plan like a professional.
Wedding planning – the legal stuff
There’s lots to think about when you’re planning your wedding and it’s easy to forget the legal side of things when you’re all about the dress and the colour scheme. Here’s the absolute essentials that you have to get to grips with to be able to hold your ceremony:
If you’re holding a civil ceremony, either in a register office or at an approved venue, you have to ‘give notice’ of your intention to marry at your local register office at least 28 days before the ceremony. You’ll need to book an appointment to do this and you’ll have to provide various forms of identification too. You’ll find all the details on your local county council’s website.
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For Church of England and Church in Wales ceremonies, your local minister will deal with all the paperwork for you and they’ll also check your identification. You’ll need to have your banns read and some churches require you to be present for this. Find out more on Your Church Wedding.
If you’re of another religion or faith and are holding your ceremony in your own place of worship, you’ll also need to give notice at your local register office and hold a legal ceremony with them to make sure that your marriage is legally recognised. The same is true if your ceremony is being led by a celebrant.
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Jetting overseas for your wedding? Double check that your destination ceremony will be legally recognised in the UK and make arrangements for your legal wedding here if not (as above). If your overseas wedding will be a legal one, make sure that you have all your paperwork and find out if you’ll need any particular documents. Check out Marry Abroad for more.
Legal wedding information – the essentials
With the most important legalities ticked off your to-do list, don’t forget these details:
Check your choice of readings and music with your register office or minister. Only non-religious choices are allowed in civil ceremonies and ministers need to know your choices are appropriate too.
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Heading off on honeymoon straight after your wedding? Well, remember that you can apply to change your passport into your ‘new’ name three months before your big day. However, your new passport won’t be valid until your wedding date so don’t do this if you’ll be travelling before you take your vows. Find out more here.
If you’re changing your name, there’ll be a LOT of people to tell after the day including employers, banks and all kinds of government agencies including the DVLA and HMRC. As some organisations require you to send off an original marriage certificate, it can be worth arranging for copies from your register office.
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If you’ve made a will, it becomes invalid when you get married so you absolutely must make a new one. And, if you haven’t made a will, getting married is the perfect reason to do so!
Speak to your HR department when you’re back from honeymoon as your pension or other benefits might be affected when you marry (or your partner might now be able to benefit from some of them too!)
Finally, if you’re not sure what getting married means in terms of your own personal legal situation, take professional advice so that you’re sure you’re doing everything you need to.
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Now that you’re planning like a pro and you’ve got everything under control, just make sure that you’re not making any of these mistakes – our list of 10 of the worst wedding planning mistakes to make is a must-read!