A marriage is a public agreement between two people that joins their lives:
In the UK a man and woman are allowed to get married if they are:
A civil partnership offers similar rights to couples of the same sex as those enjoyed by married heterosexual couples.
A couple who want to form a civil partnership in the UK must:
We can provide you with lots of information about forming a civil partnership, your rights as well as the waiting period required by law.
For ceremonies that are not religious you can get married in a registration office. These are called civil marriages and civil partnerships.
Although these ceremonies are not religious you can make your day personal to you by adding readings and music that you like.
We can tell you:
We offer over 90 licensed places for civil ceremonies across Oxfordshire. These are not religious ceremonies and are places that you can get married outside of a registration office. One registrar will attend.
You can choose a variety of venues such as:
To find the costs for hiring each venue you will have to contact them directly.
We can tell you:
If you want a religious marriage ceremony in the UK you will need to get married in a church or any other religious building. The church or religious building must normally be near to where you or your partner lives or where you usually worship.
The ceremony will be arranged by a minister or other religious leader. If a registrar needs to be there at the wedding your minister will tell you.
You can contact us to find out the costs of marriage certificates and the attendance of registrars at the wedding.
If you are both born in Britain and wish to get married abroad you may still need to inform the district where you live. You may need a certificate which you can get from a registrar.
The certificate will be available after 21 days after you produce your paperwork so people have the right to disagree with the marriage.
We know how important your marriage or civil partnership is to you. This is why we have created a month-by-month plan to help keep things organised.
For marriage a foreign national describes someone who is not a European citizen.
There are certain rules about getting married or forming a civil partnership in the UK if you are a foreign national.