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Arranging a wedding from outside Jersey

​When to contact us and what information we need

It is advisable to start the process at least two months, if not longer, before your wedding date. This will allow time for the exchanges of correspondence that are required. The initial arrangements can be made by email or by standard letter (we need the request in writing) but the payment of fees and the delivery of documentation are necessarily all done by post.

When you contact us, provide the following details (for both you and your partner):

  • your full names

  • your address/es

  • when you would like to get married

  • where you would like to get married

Fees and documents

Do not send any money or documents with your initial enquiry. We can only process the payment for each stage of arranging your wedding when you reach that particular stage and we have no means of refunding a notice or licence fee if something were to happen to your arrangements.

You will have to complete a ‘notice of marriage’ form (provided by the Superintendent Registrar once we have received your £130 booking fee), which you must return to us about one month before the date of your marriage. Once the ‘notice of marriage form’, the appropriate fee and all relevant paperwork have been received, the Superintendent Registrar will enter the details into the Announcements of Marriage book and display your name and your partner's name on the notice board outside the Register Office. The fee for giving notice is £70.

The law requires a minimum period of 14 clear days between the giving of notice and the wedding ceremony.

Three working days before the wedding, you will need to collect your marriage licence. This is issued by the Superintendent Registrar. You will have been told of the date you need to collect your licence in the standard reply to your enquiry. It is important to understand that this is the date by which you must have arrived in Jersey.

Once the licence is issued, you will need to take it to the parish registrar of the parish in which your wedding will take place. The Superintendent Registrar will have provided the contact details on the marriage details form sent to you once your marriage had been entered in the notice of marriage form. The parish registrar will then take the licence from you and use it to prepare the documents, including your marriage certificate, which will be at your wedding. S/he will also enter your wedding in the marriage register. The fee to the parish registrar is £60.

How do I get a marriage licence? (including fees)

List of parish registrars

The law requires a minimum of three working days between the issuing of the licence and the wedding ceremony (unless there is a bank holiday involved).  A licence can be issued up to 14 days before the wedding but only after at least seven days of the notice period have passed.

Non-EU or EEA citizens

If you are not an EEA citizen you need to make sure that you have the necessary immigration clearance before coming to Jersey.

Non-EU / EEA nationals wishing to visit Jersey (travel and transport section)

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