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Guide: Plan a marriage or civil partnership

Introduction

You can get married or form a civil partnership if you are:

  • 16 or over (but you will need permission from your parents or guardians if you’re under 18)
  • free to marry, or form a civil partnership (single, divorced or widowed)
  • not closely related

This guide will take you through the steps you need to follow involving first choosing your venue, then booking a registrar to conduct your ceremony and then giving your notice to marry or form a civil partnership – this bit is very important!

You can also find out how much your ceremony might cost and what will happen on the day.