How do we arrange to get
Before you can marry in England or Wales, you must give
notice of your intention to marry to the Superintendent
Registrar of the district in which you live or, if you intend to
marry in a Church of England or Church in Wales you should have
banns read by the vicar. You cannot give notice of your intention
to marry to a Superintendent Registrar more than 12 months before
your wedding, and usually banns are read within 3 months of a
wedding at a church. You will be charged a fee for entering your
notice which is currently £35.00 per person. In order to arrange an
appointment to give notice of marriage, please phone the Register
Office on 01639 760020 or 01639 760021.
However, to arrange a provision booking, sometimes up to 2 years
in advance of the date, you should contact the office of your
choice, but you MUST still comply with the legal requirements to
give notice in the district or districts where you both live. This
must be done no more than 12 months in advance of your wedding. If
you have made a provisional booking, you should give notice as soon
as you legally can.
How soon after giving notice
can we get married?
Please Note that as of 2nd March
2015 the waiting days to give notice will alter to 28 clear days
(not including the day of giving notice or the day of issue) before
the marriage can take place.
You may collect the authorities for the marriage from the
district or districts where notice was given as soon as this
waiting period is over.
The authorities are the legal documents that allow your marriage
to take place.
You must give the authorities to the Superintendent Registrar of
the district where the marriage is to take place.
What documents will we
need to show to enter Notice of Marriage?
When you give notice of marriage you need to provide:
Two forms of
identification. A current full British Passport
is the preferred document for proving your identity and
nationality, along with a full birth certificate. Supporting
evidence, can be a driving licence or NHS
If born after 1983, you will need to produce a
British Passport. If you do not have a British Passport, then
either the British Passport or birth certificate of your Mother
must be produced.
One document for proof of address. This can be
a recently dated bank statement, utility bill, or council tax
statement etc, showing your current address.
Also, if you have been divorced in England or Wales,
we will need to see the court stamped copy of the decree
absolute (the final divorce paper). If the divorce took
place in a foreign country, we will need to see the original
document issued by that country and an English translation if the
document is in a foreign language.
If you are a widower or widow, we will need to see a
certified copy of the death certificate of your late partner issued
by the registration authorities of the country where they
If you are a widow, the marriage certificate will also need to be
If either of you in under 18 years of age, we will need to see
proof that your parents or guardian agree to the marriage. If your
parents are divorced we may also need to see the court order that
gives custody to one of them. The Superintendent Registrar will
give you advice on this matter.
What will happen on our Wedding
If you are marrying in a register office or approved premise,
the registrar will see you both in private prior to the ceremony.
This is to check the details to be entered in to the marriage
register and in the case of a register office wedding to
collect the fee. You will each be asked for the following
- Your full name, age, occupation and the address of your
residence on the day of your marriage.
- The full name and occupation of your father and whether he is
retired or deceased.
If you are being married in an approved premise you will also be
seen by the registrar, and asked to confirm the same information,
but the fee for attendance of the Superintendent Registrar and
Registrar will usually have been taken in advance of the wedding
It is your responsibility to provide two witnesses to the
marriage who are usually friends or relatives. They must be able to
understand what is taking place and be able to give evidence of
what they have seen and heard in the unlikely event that this
should become necessary.
You must agree to the form of words to be used, together with
any readings or music that is to be included, with the
Superintendent Registrar before the wedding day.
Once the ceremony is over the registrar will ask you to check
that your details have been correctly entered into the marriage
register before you are asked to sign the register.
The Superintendent Registrar will advice you beforehand on the
use of video recorders and cameras.
Where can we get married?
There are now various options for civil or religious marriage in
England and Wales.
You can choose to marry in any Register Office in England or
Wales, even though you do not live in the district covered by that
office. You may also marry by civil ceremony in any Approved
Neath Register Office
The Neath Register Office Wedding Suite is located in
London Road, Neath.
The grounds allow several areas for photographs after the
The Wedding Suite is situated on ground level and has complete
access for pushchair and wheelchair users.
Background music is played during the signing of the marriage
register, and readings are permitted as enhancements to a wedding.
These must be non-religious. Couples may also supply their own
music for their marriage ceremony.
Civil Marriages in Approved Premises
Since 1st April 1995, civil marriages can take place in building
other than a register office that have been approved by the local
authority as a suitable venue for wedding ceremonies. These venues
include castles, restaurants, hotels, civic buildings and country
Marriages are not allowed to take place in the open air, in a
tent or marquee, or in temporary or moveable structures such as
boats or hot air balloons.
Similarly, a civil marriage cannot take place in any building
that has a past or present connection with any religion.
If you decide to hold your wedding on approved premises, you
will need to agree the date and time with the premises and with the
Superintendent Registrar of this district in which the venue is
located, to ensure registration officers can attend your wedding on
the date and time of your choice.
Once the date and time have been agreed, you will have to visit
the register office for the district in which you live to give
notice as explained earlier.
The fees for the attendance of the registration officers at
marriages in approved premises are set by individual local
authorities and will not be the same throughout the country. This
is in addition to any fees charge by the premises.
The venues licensed to hold
civil ceremonies in this County Borough are listed below.
Marriage in a church, chapel or other religious building
All enquiries about marriages in the established church (either
the Church of England or Church in Wales), should be made to the
vicar of your local parish church.
If you intend to marry in any other religious building, you must
give notice in the register office for the district in which you
live as described previously.
Whilst the law relating to civil ceremonies has changed to allow
couples to marry in the register office or approved premise of
their choice, the law covering religious marriages has not altered.
This means that you can only marry in a religious building in a
different district to where either of you live, if one of you
usually worships there.
If you need any advice or wish information on current fees,
please contact us on 01639 760020.
Register of Approved Premises
|Name of Premises
Telephone: (01639) 864500
|The Castle Hotel
Telephone: (01639) 641119
Coach House Glyn Clydach
Telephone: (01792) 816307
|Aberavon Beach Hotel
||AA/RAC 3 Star
Telephone: (01639) 884949
|Glyn Clydach Hotel
Telephone: (01792) 818411
||Margam Country Park
Telephone: (01639) 881635
|The Towers Hotel
Telephone: (01792) 814155