Marrying in or after March 2015? These legal changes will affect you then!

Amanda Pratt

The notice period legally required ahead of a marriage or civil partnership in the UK will be doubled from next spring.

BRIDAL BASICS: BANNS AND GIVING NOTICE

As it stands, all couples in the UK are required to give notice at their local register office or church15 days ahead of their intended wedding day. Come spring 2015 that notice period will be 28 days.

The move comes as part of the Immigration Bill announced recently as a measure to crack down on sham marriages. The notice period may well be extended further, to 70 days, if further investigation is necessary.

MARRYING ABROAD? YOUR LEGAL HOMEWORK DONE!

Couples who wish to marry in the Anglican Church - where one party is a non-EEA national - will now need to give notice at the register office before making arrangements with their church, too.

AVERAGE COST OF A WEDDING

For more information visit www.gov.uk/government