What makes a Marriage Valid?
The following requirements must be met for any marriage in England and Wales to be valid:
You must be eighteen or over, or have your parents’ consent if you are sixteen or seventeen years old.
Before the marriage, you must give the priest, minister or registrar official documentary evidence –such as a birth certificate or passport – of your name, age and nationality, the decree absolute if your divorced, or the death certificate of your former spouse if you are a widow or widower.
The marriage must be conducted by or in the presence of a person who is authorised to register marriages in the district.
The marriage must be entered in the marriage register and signed by each spouse, two witnesses, the person who conducted the ceremony and the person who registers the marriage.
For more information on:
- Giving Notice
- When and When You can Marry?
- If you get Married Abroad
- Prohibited Marriages
- Further Information