You can choose to have a civil or a religious wedding.
Civil ceremonies are conducted by the Registrar and are non-religious.
They take place in each of the designated office wedding venues. They can also be conducted by the Registrar in other venues which have been licensed for weddings.
To marry in Northern Ireland, you and your partner must be:
- aged 18 or above on the day of your wedding (consent is needed if either of you is aged 16 or 17)
- unrelated to one another in a way that would prevent you from getting married
- free to marry, for example, neither of you is already a civil partner or legally married
- of a different sex.
You must also complete a marriage notice form before your ceremony can take place. A form is available from any of our 3 registration offices or you can download one on this page from the 'related documents' section.
These forms, which give formal 'notice' to the Registrar of your intent to marry, must be completed by you and your partner. They are valid for 12 months from the date of notice. This means you must tell us about your plans to get married in the 12 month period before your wedding date, and no later than 28 days before your ceremony.
Notice forms should be returned to the Registrar of the district in which you intend to marry, along with the relevant documents (listed below) and fees.
You will also need to provide certain documents to the Registrar:
- your full (long version) birth certificate (authorised photocopies will not be accepted)
- your passport or national identity card - the Registrar can advise on alternatives if you do not hold either of these
- a consent form (if you aged 16 or 17) - these are available from the Registrar
- if you have been married before and the marriage was dissolved, a certificate of divorce or annulment or a certified copy decree (decrees must be absolute or final)
- if you have been married more than once, only the documents for your most recent marriage are required
- if you have entered into a civil partnership before, a court order of dissolution for that partnership
- if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.
|In the Mid Ulster District there are 3 Registration Offices, one in each of the Council offices:
|Cookstown Office, Burn Road, Cookstown
Dungannon Office, Circular Road, Dungannon
Magherafelt Office, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt
|T: 03000 132 132
The registration offices are open from:
Monday to Friday (the Magherafelt office is closed on Wednesdays)
9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.
All of the registration offices operate an appointment only system.