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Marriages

This page provides information about having a wedding ceremony in Enfield. You can also view our special occasions brochure (PDF).

If you wish to get married in Enfield there are four options you can choose:

  • a civil ceremony at the Admiral's Suite, Gentleman’s Row
  • a civil ceremony at an approved venue
  • a religious ceremony at a place of worship
  • a religious ceremony at a Church of England or Church of Wales church

You can read more about these types of ceremonies on this page. In most cases you will need to give notice at the register office.

The Admiral's Suite is an elegant marriage room that seats 40 with space for a further ten standing guests. It is part of Enfield Register Office at:

1 Gentleman's Row
Enfield
EN2 6PS

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we offer a standard wedding ceremony at the Admiral's Suite, during which you will receive one marriage certificate.

On Fridays and Saturdays at the Admiral's Suite we offer an enhanced wedding ceremony, which includes options for:

  • the traditional bridal entrance
  • ceremony scripts
  • your own selection of music
  • your own choice of readings or poetry, which can be read by a family or friends

Our staff at the Enfield Register Office can show you the Admiral's Suite. You need to contact us first.

To view a picture gallery of the venue see the Admiral's Suite.

If you wish to marry at the Admiral's Suite, contact us to find out if the date and time you want are available. You will be able to make a provisional booking, but this will not be confirmed until after you both give notice.

For enhanced ceremonies, you will be invited to attend a co-ordination meeting at the register office about four to six weeks before the wedding. We will discuss the details of your ceremony and you can pay any final fees. It is not necessary to have a co-ordination meeting for standard ceremonies.

To view our list of fees see Enfield Register Office fees. All bookings are subject to terms and conditions. We only accept payment by credit or debit card.

You can marry at any approved venue in England or Wales. If you wish to do this, you should speak to the venue first about a suitable date, then contact us to check there is a registrar available to conduct the ceremony on that day. We can conduct a ceremony at an approved venue on any day of the week, subject to availability.

View approved venues in Enfield.

Any wedding ceremony at an approved venue will be an enhanced ceremony, which includes options for:

  • the traditional bridal entrance
  • ceremony scripts
  • your own selection of music
  • your own choice of readings or poetry, which can be read by a family or friends

You will be invited to attend a co-ordination meeting at Enfield Register Office about four to six weeks before the wedding. We will discuss the details of your ceremony and you can pay any final fees.

To view our list of fees see Enfield Register Office fees. All bookings are subject to terms and conditions.

We only accept payment by credit or debit card. Our fee for ceremonies at an approved venue is for the registrars to attend the ceremony. Venue costs, such as catering, will need to be arranged directly with the venue.

You may wish to get married at a place of worship. The church or religious building where you get married must normally be in the registration district where you or your partner lives. This is unless:

  • either or both of you usually go to worship in another registration district
  • there is no building of your religion in the district where you or your partner lives

If you are marrying in a religious ceremony at a place of worship, you should speak to the person in charge to make your arrangements. You will only need a registrar to attend the ceremony if the place of worship does not have an approved person to complete the marriage paperwork. If this is the case, you will need to contact us to arrange for a registrar to attend on the day. You will then need to give notice.

To arrange a religious ceremony at a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you will need to speak to the vicar of the church. There is usually no need to involve the register office in any of these arrangements as the vicar will normally read the marriage banns. This is the equivalent of giving notice.

If either partner is a foreign national, the vicar will refer you to your local register office to give notice.

This process can become very complicated because marriage rules vary greatly from country to country.

In general, if you have decided to marry abroad you should first contact that country's authorities. They will be able to tell you what to do and what documentation you will need. You should check the documentation requirements very carefully, including when the documents are needed and how long they remain valid for.

You may need to provide a Certificate of No Impediment. British citizens who live in Enfield can request this from us by giving notice in the usual way.

If you are a British citizen who is marrying a foreign national abroad, the certificate cannot be issued until 28 days after you have given notice. It’s the same waiting period for two British citizens who are marrying abroad.

Certificates of No Impediment are only issued to British subjects.

Before you can get married, you must both ‘give notice'. This is a legal requirement and a formal declaration of your intention to marry. You are both required to give notice in person. If you are a British citizen living in Enfield you must give notice at Enfield Register Office.

Call 020 8379 1000 to book an appointment.

British or EEA nationals who live in other districts must give notice in that district. This does not mean you cannot marry in Enfield or any other area of your choice. Before you give notice in Enfield, you must both have met the residential requirements or have lived in the borough for at least seven days.

If either or both or you are foreign nationals with settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or a non-EEA national who is subject to immigration control, you must give notice at a register office that is designated for this purpose. Enfield Register Office is a designated office. In this situation, you must both attend the notice appointment together.

Your marriage can only take place at the venue you name when you give notice. If you wish to change the venue you will need to give notice again. If you are marrying in any religious building other than a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you are still both required to give notice.

You have to wait at least 28 days after you have given notice before you can marry. If either of you are foreign nationals who are subject to immigration control, this waiting period may be extended to 70 days if the case is referred to the Home Office.

You can give notice up to 12 months before the date you are getting married.

At your notice appointment you will need to show the registrar a number of documents. These documents are required by law and it is your responsibility to bring everything you need. If we cannot take your notice, you may be asked to book your appointment again. There is a charge for each person to give notice and an extra charge per person if a referral to the Home Office is required. To view our fees see Enfield Register Office fees. We only accept payment by credit or debit card.

Nationality and giving notice

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national, you are entitled to marry in England or Wales as long as you can successfully give notice of your intention. These countries form the EEA:

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany Greece
Hungary Iceland Irish Republic Italy
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Malta Netherlands Norway Poland
Portugal Romania Slovenia Slovak Republic
Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom

You and your partner must give notice together at the same office if either of you:

  • are not British
  • have a form of ‘settled status’
  • are not from the European Economic Area and are subject to immigration control

You can give notice at Enfield or any other designated register office. You do not have to live in the borough you give notice in.

British citizens, EEA and foreign nationals who match any of the following criteria can continue to give notice in their district of residence:

  • they have been given the right to abode in the UK
  • they are members of visiting forces from NATO and Commonwealth countries
  • they are diplomats who are not subject to immigration control

This section contains important information. Please read carefully.

It is your responsibility to bring the correct documents to your appointment. If you do not bring all the documents we need to see, you will not be able to give notice.

Anyone giving notice of marriage needs to bring the following to their appointment:

  • a debit or credit card to pay the appropriate fee
  • a recent passport sized photograph
  • a valid passport (expired or cancelled passports are not accepted).
    See the notes below if you don’t have a valid passport
  • proof of your current address. For this we will accept:
    • a driving licence
    • a recent Council Tax bill
    • a recent gas, electricity or water bill
    • a bank statement dated within the last month

If you are divorced or have a civil partnership dissolution, you will need to bring:

  • proof of your divorce or dissolution. You will need original court documents. You can request a Decree Absolute or Dissolution Order from the court where the divorce or dissolution was granted
  • your original marriage or civil partnership certificate if your name is not the same on your divorce or dissolution document

If you are a widow, widower or a surviving civil partner, you will need to bring:

  • the death certificate
  • your original marriage or civil partnership certificate

If you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration, you will need to bring the official documents that confirm this.

If you have settled status in the UK, you will need to bring your immigration status document or Permanent Residence card. This would normally be a stamp or sticker in your passport or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

Foreign nationals

In addition to the above documents, all foreign nationals must bring:

  • evidence of their immigration status
  • proof of their place of residence. This is where you have been living for at least the last seven days before you give notice. This can be:
    • a driving licence
    • a current Council Tax bill
    • a bank statement dated within the last month
    • a gas, electricity or water bill dated within the last three months
  • if you have been living with a friend or partner in the UK for the seven-day residency period, a letter signed by them confirming this
  • if you have been living with a friend or partner in the UK for the seven-day residency period, proof of their address. This can be:
    • their current Council Tax bill
    • their bank statement dated within the last month
    • their gas, electricity or water bill dated within the last three months
  • if you have travelled from abroad, your plane ticket, boarding card or travel itinerary
  • evidence of your usual address if this is not in the UK
  • a UK contact address if you usually live outside the UK

All of your documents must be original. Photocopies will not be accepted. If any of your documents are not in English, a translation will be required together with the original document. The translation can be done by anyone apart from the couple to be married. We will only accept a translation made by an independent third party if they add their name and address to the translated document and write the words ‘I certify this is a true and accurate translation'.

British citizens without a passport

British citizens who don’t have a valid passport need to bring evidence of their name, age and nationality.

If you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, you should bring your original full UK birth certificate and one piece of identification with your photograph on it.

If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, your birth certificate is not accepted as evidence of nationality. If your mother or father were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, their birth certificates can provide evidence of your nationality. You should bring:

  • your original full UK birth certificate
  • one piece of identification with your photograph on it
  • your parent's original full UK birth certificate

To show British nationality through your father, he must have been married to your mother when you were born.

Foreign or EEA nationals without a passport

Foreign or EEA nationals who don’t have a valid passport need to bring evidence of their name, age and nationality.

We will accept your immigration status document issued by the Home Office if it states your nationality. We do not accept other letters from the Home Office that state your place of birth.

If you do not have an immigration status document, we may accept an identity card. This needs to clearly state your nationality. For example, a Romanian identity card does not confirm you are Romanian, but the words 'Nationality Romanian' do confirm you are Romanian. Only some countries’ identity cards clearly state their citizens’ nationalities.

If your passport is currently with the Home Office, you will need to wait until it is returned before you can give notice.