From Thursday 11 June it will be possible to give notice of marriage or civil partnership in the Shropshire Council area. We'll have contacted directly all of our customers who plan to marry or enter into a civil partnership between now and the end of August, and who have not already given notice to advise them, and will be contacting our other customers shortly. Appointments will be available at the Shropshire Register Office, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. The other registration offices around the Shropshire Council area will remain closed for the time being. Appointments will be available on Thursdays and Fridays in the first instance.
Please be aware that although the government has allowed notices to be given, they have not yet allowed ceremonies to proceed, and at present it is unclear when this will happen. Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership is no guarantee that your ceremony will take place. A notice once given is for a specific venue and is valid for a period of 12 months – this can't be changed. If you change your venue after giving notice you'll be required to do so again and go through the legally required 28-day waiting period.
When attending an appointment the following will apply, please read carefully:
Completion of a PD2 form to allow a passport to be issued in a married name up to three months before the date of the marriage will cost £10.
You can use our online booking system to book your appointment. It's quick and simple and should only take a few minutes.Book online now »
If you don't want to book online, you can call 0345 678 9016 to book an appointment through our customer service centre.
There has never been more choice about where to get married in Shropshire, with many approved premises now offering alternatives to the traditional church or register office wedding. However there are legal requirements which must be observed, wherever you marry.
Weddings have to take place in a permanent structure. Many of our venues have outside structures licensed for marriages and civil partnerships to allow couples to marry in a less formal setting. It's not possible to licence temporary structures for marriages or civil partnerships.
To arrange a wedding at an approved venue, you must first make provisional arrangements with the venue, and then contact the Registration Service on 0345 678 9016. We're now pleased to be able to accept provisional bookings for ceremonies up to two years in advance of the proposed ceremony date. See our prices section for fee information. You must still give notice in the district/s where you live.
The legal process - notice of marriage
Before you can marry in England and Wales you need to complete certain legal preliminaries. You'll always need to give a notice of marriage if you're both over 18 years of age and marrying in:
- A local authority ceremony room
- One of the many approved venues, including stately homes, hotels and country inns in Shropshire
- A church or chapel of a denomination other than the Church of England or Church in Wales
If you're intending to get married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, find out more about that process here.
When giving notice you must state the name of the venue in which you're intending to marry. If you change your mind about your venue once notice has been given, you'll have to give a fresh notice and go through the process again.
A notice of marriage must be given in person, by both of the couple, to a registrar in their local registration district. If you live in the Shropshire Council area and both have British or EEA nationality, there are a number of registration service points at which you can do this. To do this you will need to book an appointment, which carries a fee. See our prices section for fee information.
Click on the headings below to find out about the rules for giving notice of marriage, depending on your own circumstances.