After you have booked your ceremony, you are both legally required to give a Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership, in person, at a Register Office.
If you are both British, from the EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss nationals, you are not subject to immigration control and must therefore give your notices of marriage or civil partnership to the superintendent registrar for the district(s) in which you have lived for the proceeding eight nights immediately prior to giving your notices.
If you live in Kent you can give notice at any of our Kent offices.
When the two notices have been given, you must wait 28 clear days before the ceremony can take place. The ceremony must take place within one year of the date of the first notice.
If either of you are not British, or from the EEA (European Economic Area) or a Swiss National and you do not have diplomatic status, a certificate of right of abode or are visiting armed forces, you are subject to immigration control.
Both of you must have lived in a registration district of England and Wales for at least eight nights immediately prior to giving your notices in that district.