Wedding Planning Advice: Legal Requirements

Before you set a wedding date and the fun part of planning your dream day starts, it is worth establishing that you and your partner satisfy all the legal requirements that need to be met before you can marry. According to the law of the United Kingdom, a man and a woman may marry if:

  • they are both 16 years or over. In England and Wales written consent from a parent or guardian is required for anyone under the age of 18 years.
  • they are both free to marry, that is, they are single, widowed or divorced, or if they were in a civil partnership this has been dissolved.
  • Throughout the United Kingdom and the British Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, the law forbids certain blood relatives, step-relatives and relatives-in-law from getting married.

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