Giving notice of marriage
Before you can get married or enter into a civil partnership, you must give notice of your intention to marry at your local registration office. Unlike when you book a registrar to conduct the ceremony, you will need to contact the register office closest to where you live, not the register office that’s local to the wedding venue. Both you and your partner are required to give formal notice of marriage in person.
If you live in West Sussex, you can phone to make an appointment to give notice at a registration office in either Chichester (01243 642122), Crawley (01243 642122), Horsham (01243 642122) or Worthing (01243 642122). However, if you live outside of West Sussex, you will need to contact the registration office in your own district. If you and your partner live in different districts, you will need to go to separate registration offices.
When you book your appointment, you will be told all of the documents you will need to take with you to give evidence of your full name, nationality and current address. The appointment to give notice of marriage usually lasts around 30 minutes. You are legally required to have lived in your district for at least nine days before giving notice at your local registration office. Keep this in mind if you plan to relocate or aren’t currently living with your partner.