Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

The Register Office has had to introduce emergency measures to prioritise services at this time.

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Current arrangments until further notice

Weddings, and civil partnership ceremonies can still go ahead in this area, but they should have no more than 6 people. 

This should be limited to close family or those who have formed a support bubble of the people getting married or forming a civil partnership.

Wedding or civil partnership celebrations can only take place if guests are limited to people who live together (or are in the same support bubble).

Venues capable of holding celebrations are closed.

People living outside of the Bolton area can travel to the area to attend a wedding, or civil partnership, but they should not meet with another household in a private home or garden.

To get married you'll need to give notice. This is a legal document which details:

  • the two people getting married or registering a civil partnership
  • the venue where the ceremony will take place

How do I give notice?

Book an appointment

Alternatively you can call us to book on 01204 331185.

Both parties must attend an appointment, although you can attend separately if this is more convenient.

Also you must have lived in the Bolton Council area for a minimum of 8 consecutive days where notice is to be given.

Notice cannot be given on your behalf by your spouse or a friend.

If you don’t live in Bolton, but wish to get married or register a civil partnership in Bolton, you must give notice to the local authority for the area you live in instead.

If you are under 18 you should contact us in advance of your notice regarding consents to the marriage or civil partnership.

If you are non EU citizens you will need to contact either Manchester or Blackburn Register Office.

What do I need?

Original Proof of your name, age, address and nationality. Photocopies are not accepted.

If you use a birth certificate rather than a valid passport as ID, you will also need to provide another form of ID such as a photo driving / provisional licence or a medical card. If you were born after 1983 we will also need to see a copy of your mother's birth certificate as proof of nationality.

What happens next?

28 days after you’ve both given notice, if there are no objections, you’ll be given a document giving you the authority to get married or form a civil partnership and organise a ceremony.

There is also a referral scheme in place, where all non EEA nationals without settled status, a marriage or civil partnership visa, or evidence of immigration status, will be referred to the Home Office. If you fall within this scheme you may have the waiting period extended from 28 to 70 days.

A notice of marriage or civil partnership is valid for 12 months from the date on which it was given.