Coronavirus: New guidance

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Coronavirus: New guidance

Coronavirus: Marriages and civil partnerships

National restrictions designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus have now been introduced across England. 

This will effect appointments, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies .

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can be attended by a maximum of 30 people.

From 21 June, the number of people who can attend these events will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event. Please contact venues directly to find out what their capacity will be.

If you’re reading this page you’re probably thinking about getting engaged or have recently got engaged. If so, congratulations!

There are a number of key steps you must take in order to ensure your marriage is legal. Don’t worry – we’ll help you to make it quick and easy for you. Just follow the simple steps below.

Choose and book a venue

The first key step is to choose a venue.

Why not check out the wonderful Chadderton Town Hall? 

Or take a look at our list of other approved venues in Oldham. 

If you wish to choose a religious venue you will need to consult the relevant religious officials.

If you want to get married in a venue that has not been approved for weddings, you can apply for a building to be certified. Charges to cover costs apply.

To enquire about certifying a new venue, call us on 0161 770 4083.

Give notice

Once you’ve booked a venue and set a date you must, by law, give at least one month’s notice before your wedding date.

To do so, book an appointment at Oldham Register Office at least 29 days before the wedding.

You can give notice up to 12 months in advance. A fee of £35 each payable to cover the cost of publicising the notice.

The only exception to this is if two UK nationals are getting married in a Church of England ceremony. In this case, the minister may be able to give notice in a different manner by way of a process called “publishing banns”.

If either party to the marriage is a foreign national the minister will not be able to publish banns and you will need to give notice of marriage.

Couples getting married in a Church of England ceremony are advised to speak to their Minister about giving notice before booking an appointment.

Do you need a registrar to attend?

In some circumstances there is a need for a registrar to attend a ceremony to certify the marriage at a venue in Oldham. This will depend on the venue you choose, so seek advice from the venue when making your booking.

To book a registrar to attend, call 0161 770 8960.