You must give notice of your intention to marry at your local registration office. Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay) is now one Registration District which means you can make an appointment at any of the registration offices – please telephone 0345 155 1002 to book your appointment. You need to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice.
Your notice is publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days, after which time the marriage may take place. The Authorities for Marriage (the legal documentation) must have been issued on or before the day of marriage.
Where a proposed marriage involves a non-European Economic Area (EEA) national who is subject to immigration control the notice period may be extended to 70 days. More information is available at GOV.UK.
Couples wishing to marry in the Church of England where at least one of the couple are a non-EEA national will have to give notice via civil preliminaries at a registration office.
A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months and is only valid for the venue named on the notice. You may be able to change the date of your marriage but a change of location requires a new notice and the payment of new fees.
When you attend a registration office to give notice of marriage, you will need to produce certain documents to confirm your name, age, marital status and nationality.
Each person giving notice must bring in the following original documents (photocopies are not acceptable but original documents do include foreign language documents which have been translated into English):
A fee of £35 per person will be required, payable by cash, card or cheque.