Religious marriages

Church of England or Church in Wales

If both parties are British, EEA or Swiss nationals, the marriage is usually performed after banns and the minister of the church you choose will guide you through the process.

Occasionally the minister may ask for a superintendent registrar’s certificate for marriage and the procedure is the same as for other denominations.

If one or both parties are a non-EEA national, marriage can only take place after civil preliminaries. Both parties will need to attend a designated register office together to attest the notice of marriage before a superintendent registrar. Blackburn with Darwen Register Office is a designated office.

Other religious buildings registered for marriage

This category covers all denominations other than Church of England or Church of Wales.

Initial applications should be made to the place of worship - this to ensure it is registered for marriages and the couple complies with the religious requirements of the congregation.

A formal notice of marriage must then be given to the superintendent registrar for the district(s) of residence of each party wishing to marry, unless one or both of the parties are a non-EEA national.

The couple must attend a designated register office together to attest the notice of marriage before a superintendent registrar.

Blackburn with Darwen Register Office is a designated office.