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Marriages

Marriages in the Island of Guernsey can either be by way of a civil or religious ceremony.

Civil Marriage

In Guernsey, a Civil Marriage:

  • Is conducted by a Registrar-General
  • Is conducted at a small number of approved venues
  • Cannot be performed in the open air
  • Is not a religious ceremony and therefore must have no religious content (no religious music or readings or words drawn from the Anglican marriage service)
  • Must be witnessed by a minimum persons over the age of 18


Location of a Civil Marriage

A Civil Marriage can be performed at the following locations:


Church of England Marriages

If you are intending to get married in a church of the Church of England then there is no need to make contact with a Registrar-General at the Greffe; all arrangements are made by the minister of the church where you intend to marry. You may however be required to liaise with the Ecclesiastical Court to obtain a licence for marriage.

The Ecclesiastical Court can be contacted on +44 (0) 1481 721732 or info@guernseyprobate.gg


Religious Ceremonies (other than in a Church of England)

If you are intending to get married in a religious ceremony within a church in Guernsey or Sark which isn't a Church of England, you must attend at the Greffe to give Notice of Marriage (for ceremonies in Sark, Notice can also be given in Sark) . The Sark Greffier is contactable on +44 (0) 1481 832012 or greffier@gov.sark.gg

Once Notice of Marriage has been given and prior to your ceremony taking place, you will need to return to the Greffe to collect paperwork which will have to be handed to the minister of the church. You will be advised at the time of giving Notice as to when you will need to return to collect the paperwork.

Please see below for information explaining how to give Notice of Marriage in Guernsey.


Marriages at the Registrar General's Office

Bookings for marriages at the Registrar General's Office can be taken at hourly intervals, between 9am and 1230pm and 2pm and 4pm on weekdays.

Bookings for marriages at the Registrar General's Office are taken at 45 minute intervals, between 10am and 12pm on Saturday mornings.

The Marriage Room at the Registrar General's Office can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests. Greater capacity is available at St James Concert and Assembly Hall and Sausmarez Manor.


Booking a Civil Marriage

To book a Civil Marriage you need to contact the Greffe on +44 (0) 1481 725277, or email registrar@guernseyroyalcourt.gg You should make contact as soon as possible after you decide on an intended date of marriage.

If you book a wedding at a venue away from the Registrar General's Office, i.e. St James Assembly Hall or Sausmarez Manor, you need to liaise directly with the venue to book it as there will be a separate hire fee to pay your chosen venue. Please ensure however that you also contact the Greffe at your earliest opportunity to ascertain the availability of a Registrar-General to conduct the ceremony.

Bookings for marriages at venues other than at the Registrar General's Office on Saturday mornings are taken for 11am only.


Giving Notice of Marriage

The solemnisation of Civil Marriages in the Island of Guernsey may take place only on authority of a Licence, a Special Licence, or a Certificate of the Registrar-General (forms of Notice of Marriage).

Formal Notice of Marriage can be given no more than 3 months prior to your intended wedding date. In order to give Notice you will need to phone the Greffe on +44 (0) 1481 725277, or email registrar@guernseyroyalcourt.gg to make an appointment with a Deputy Registrar-General. Notice of Marriage needs to be given in person.

A Notice of Marriage ceases to be valid after three calendar months from the date of giving notice.


Residential Status - Former Guernsey Residents

If you are no longer resident in Guernsey but have at any time been resident in Guernsey or Sark for a continuous period of not less than ten years, you are not required to re-establish residency prior to giving Notice of Marriage. You will however have to sign a residency declaration when attending to give Notice of Marriage.


Non - Guernsey Residents

If you are not normally resident in Guernsey you will need to complete a 7 day residency period in the Island immediately prior to the day on which you give Notice of Marriage.

By Law, both parties must give Notice of Marriage however the Law states that only one person is required to give Notice of Marriage in Guernsey, therefore, if one of you isn't resident in Guernsey (and you don't establish residency immediately prior to giving Notice of Marriage), you can give due Notice of Marriage and obtain a Certificate of No Impediment in the area where you live in the UK.

If you wish to marry at Sausmarez Manor, or at a private residence in Guernsey you need to undertake a period of 1 month residency (as opposed to 7 days) immediately prior to notice being given.

Please call the Greffe on +44 (0) 1481 725277, or email registrar@guernseyroyalcourt.gg to speak with a Registrar - General if you are not normally resident in the Island to discuss your circumstances and the requirements under the law.


Information required when giving Notice of Marriage

When giving Notice of Marriage, you and your partner will each have to provide the following documents:

  • Your full birth certificate, which must include your parents' details (if you are born Locally and can't locate a copy we can check your details at the Greffe)
  • If you have been married before, your divorce Decree Absolute
  • If you have been widowed, the death certificate of your late spouse
  • If applicable, change of name documents
  • If any of the above documents are in foreign language, approved translations into English

You both need to provide the following particulars for the Notice:

  • Surname and Christian Names(s)
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Rank, state or profession
  • Residence
  • Length of residence
  • Name and profession of father.


Costs associated with Notice of Marriage

Payment is taken from you at the time Notice of Marriage is given. Costs vary depending on when and where you are getting married. Please see our Marriage Cost and Fees Document for further details.

Payment is taken at the Greffe, and can be made by cash, cheque or card.


Marriages Abroad

If you are planning on getting married abroad, you will have to give Notice of Marriage in Guernsey beforehand as many countries often require the couple to produce a certificate of no impediment.

You should liaise with the appropriate personnel in the country where you are intended to be married to confirm what documentation they require from you prior to your ceremony.


Obtaining a copy marriage certificate

A replacement marriage certificate costs £20.00.

You can order a copy certificate by phoning the Greffe, on +44 (0) 1481 725277. You can make payment by card over the phone and the certificate can either be posted out to you, or it can be collected from the Greffe. Alternatively, you can request a copy by attending at the Greffe and paying at the counter by card, cash or cheque; certificates are usually available the next working day.