1. From 1 January 2004, new legislation
on marriage has been in force. The Church has no involvement
in this process; it is strictly between the persons
getting married and the registrar for the District.
2. The couple must notify the Registrar
of their intention to marry by completing a Marriage
Notice Form (available from the Registrar's Office,
The Guildhall) or download a form at :
At some time prior to the date of the
marriage the parties may be requested to attend at the
Registrar's Office to finalise the arrangements and
collect the marriage schedule. After the wedding
the marriage schedule has to be returned to the Registrar's
Office within 3 days.
3 The completed Marriage Notice Form
must be returned to the Registrar for the district in
which you are getting married at least fifteen days
prior to the date of marriage. Parties can notify the
Registrar up to one year prior to the date of marriage.
4 Once the Registrar has received the
Marriage Notice and there is no impediment to the marriage
and the person to perform the Ceremony is an approved
Officiant or Celebrant (i.e. a priest of the diocese
of Derry) a Marriage Schedule is prepared for collection
by the parties at the registrar's office.
5. Just to emphasise, it is your
responsibility to produce your Marriage Schedule to
the Celebrant at least three days before the wedding.
6. A marriage cannot take place without
a Marriage Schedule
7. It is your responsibility to return
the signed Marriage Schedule to the Registrar’s
office within three days of the wedding.
If you are visiting Northern Ireland
to be married and you are a citizen of a country that
is not a member of the European Economic Area, you will
need to apply for a visa before you travel. If you do
not get a visa the registrar will not be able to take
your notice of marriage and you will NOT be able to
marry in Northern Ireland.
If you are already in the UK, and you
are a citizen of a country that is not a member of the
European Economic Area, you will need the approval of
the Home Secretary to be married here. For further information
visit the Home Office website at :