Marriage Licences and Notice
At least one of the people getting married needs to appear in person to give Notice of your intention to marry in Alderney to the Registrar at the Court Office [225kb].
You do not need to give Notice at the Court Office for Church of England Weddings, please get in touch with the Church directly.
There are three forms of marriage available, which vary slightly in cost and in the requirements for the length of Notice given.
Marriage by Special Licence
One of the parties has been resident in Alderney for at least 3 days and can then give Notice on the fourth day after arrival. The length of the Notice has to be at least one full day before the Marriage can take place so the marriage can take place on the sixth day after arrival on Alderney. If you are just spending a week in Alderney for your wedding then you will need to choose a Marriage by Special Licence. A marriage in a private residence also requires the Special Licence.
Marriage by Licence: One of the parties has been resident in Alderney for 7 days and then gives Notice 7 days before the Marriage takes please, so this requires at least 2 weeks residency prior to the Marriage.
Marriage by Certificate: One of the parties has been resident in Alderney for 7 days and then gives Notice 21 days before the Marriage. Unlike the Marriage by Licence, the Notice for a Certificate is put up on the public notice board.
In all cases the wedding Notice of the intention to marry remains valid for a maximum time limit of 3 months from the time of giving Notice.
When you give Notice of your intention to get married you will need to bring some documents with you. The Court Office takes a certified copy of the documents and checks your names, addresses and ages. You will also need to make the payment at this time.
The documents required for both the people getting married are:
- An Original Full birth certificate which gives the father's name.
- Proof of identity, such as a passport or other government issued identification.
- For anyone who has been previously married the decree absolute or death certificate of any previous spouses.
- For anyone who has previously had a different name the official documents of name change are required
- A marriage visa may be necessary for people who are not British or EU citizens. Any submitted documents which are not in English will need to be accompanied by an accredited translation.