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Brighton

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

What you need to do

There are usually 2 steps to getting married or forming a civil partnership in England and Wales.

Give notice at your local register office.

Have a religious ceremony or civil ceremony at least 28 days after giving notice.

There may be different steps for some religious ceremonies.

Getting married or forming a civil partnership abroad

Find out about who to contact and which documents you may need to get from the UK authorities if you want to get married or form a civil partnership abroad. Your overseas marriage or civil partnership will be recognised in the UK if you follow the correct process according to local law - you won’t have to register it in the UK.

When you go to the register office, you need to take proof of your name, age and nationality. For example your:

valid passport

birth certificate

national identity card from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

certificate of registration

certificate of naturalisation

biometric residence card or permit

travel document

If you’ve changed your name, you must bring proof - eg a copy of a deed poll.


The registrar also needs proof of your address, for example a:


valid UK or EEA driving licence

gas, water or electricity bill from the last 3 months

bank or building society statement from the last month

council tax bill from the last 12 months

mortgage statement from the last 12 months

current tenancy agreement

letter from your landlord confirming you live there and including your landlord’s name, address and their signature dated within the last 7 days

Foreign nationals

If either of you is from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and subject to immigration control, you or your partner will need a visa to come to the UK to:


give notice

get married or form a civil partnership

This includes people who don’t normally need visas for general visits (unless you’re already in the UK).


Once in the UK (or if you’re already in the UK), you and your partner must give at least 28 days’ notice at a designated register office if both the following apply to either of you:


you’re from outside the EEA or Switzerland

you’re subject to immigration control

The process is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.


Get a visa if you’re outside the UK

The application process is different depending on your partner’s circumstances.


If your partner is from the UK or settled in the UK

Apply for a family of a settled person visa (eg, as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner) if you intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months.


Apply for a Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor visa for a stay of less than 6 months.


If your partner is from the EEA (excluding UK) or Switzerland

If your partner is a permanent UK resident (ie has a ‘document certifying permanent residence’), you can apply for a family of a settled person visa.


If your partner isn’t a permanent UK resident, you can apply for an EEA family permit to accompany or join your partner in the UK. You’ll usually have to prove that you and your partner have lived together in a relationship for at least 2 years.


If your partner is not from the UK, Switzerland or EEA, and not settled in the UK

Apply for a Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor visa. You’ll have to leave the UK within 6 months.


Giving notice

Both you and your partner must give at least 28 days’ notice at a designated register office in England and Wales.


You can only give notice if you’ve both lived in England and Wales for at least 7 days.


If you’re both exempt from immigration control you need to give notice at your local register office. You’ll need to show evidence of why you’re exempt, eg you have right of abode.


When your notice period can be extended

Your notice period can be extended to 70 days if you or your partner:


are from outside the EEA or Switzerland

have limited or no immigration status in the UK

don’t give the registrar enough evidence to show you’re settled in the UK

You’ll be told within 28 days if your notice period will be extended.


The registrar will tell you if this applies to you and your proposed marriage or civil partnership will be referred to the Home Office. The Home Office may investigate to make sure your marriage or civil partnership is genuine.


You may be interviewed by the Home Office or asked for more information as part of the investigation. You must comply with the investigation or you won’t be allowed to get married or form a civil partnership.


You must also tell the Home Office if you change your address during the notice period.


Documents you need

You need to take proof of your name, date of birth, nationality and address to the designated register office.


You’ll also be asked about your partner’s immigration status if they’re from outside the EEA or Switzerland (or your partner will be asked about your status if you’re from outside the EEA or Switzerland).


Fees and conditions

You will have to pay a notice fee of £35 if your passport or immigration document shows that you:


have settled status in the UK, eg indefinite leave to remain

are exempt from immigration control, eg right of abode

have a Marriage or Civil Partnership Visitor visa (you both must also bring a passport sized photograph)

a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner visa (you both must also bring a passport sized photograph)

have an EU right of permanent residence in the UK

If you don’t have any of the above documents, you’ll have to pay a fee of £47 and give:


details of your normal address if it’s different from the address you’ve used to give notice

details of a UK contact address if your normal address is outside the UK

details of any previous names and current or previous names or identities that you’ve been known as

a passport sized photograph

Religious ceremonies

A religious wedding can take place at a church, chapel or other registered religious building.

Religious blessing can take place after a civil ceremony in a register office.

You can’t get married in an Anglican Church as a same sex couple. You can get married in other religious buildings if:

the religious organisation allows the marriage of same sex couples to take place

the premises has been registered for the marriage of same sex couples


Anglican marriages

To get married in an Anglican church, contact your local church in:

England

Wales

You don’t usually need to give notice with the register office if you’re getting married in an Anglican church and both you and your partner are:


British citizens

from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

Officials performing Anglican marriages will register your marriage.

You need to give notice at a register office if you or your partner are from outside the EEA or Switzerland.


Jewish and Quaker marriages

You need to give notice with the register office at least 28 days before the ceremony. Officials performing Jewish or Quaker marriages will register marriages.


Non-Anglican Christian marriages and all other religions

You need to give notice with the register office at least 28 days before the ceremony.

Authorised officials, including ministers and priests of other religions, can register marriages.

You must give notice at a ‘designated’ register office if you or your partner are from outside the EEA or Switzerland.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

To find out whether you need a visa and how to apply to visit London, see the UK Border Agency website or check with your local British Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip. Visa-free travel to the UK is still in place for citizens from member states of the EU. Some people may need a visa to visit, work or study in London. Most people can only enter the country as a visitor for a limited period. Information on visitor visas can be found on the UK Border Agency website. Some people may require a visa to visit London. Information on visitor visas and how to apply for one can be found on the UK Border Agency website. Leave to enter the country as a visitor is only granted for a limited period depending on your travel plans. Leave to enter the country as a visitor is normally only granted for a limited period. If you plan to stay in London for longer, check the UK Border Agency website for visa regulations and further details. Once you've sorted out your UK visa, check our UK customs allowances page to see what you can and can't bring into the country.


CURRENCY

The UK currency is the pound sterling (£/GBP). There are 100 pennies, or pence, to the pound. There is no change to the UK currency following the referendum vote to leave the EU. There are 100 pence (p) to the pound (£). Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and £50. Coins come in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. The pound is generally a stable currency. Following the recent referendum vote to leave the European Union, the UK continues to use the pound, and you can exchange currency as usual. Find the current exchange rates in your currency.

LANGUAGE

In Brighton East, 19% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016. Brighton East's language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language. Brighton East's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Country of Birth and Proficiency in English to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups in the area and the services required by the multicultural community


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Brighton has a temperate climate: its Köppen climate classification is Cfb. It is characterised by mild, calm weather with high levels of sunshine, sea breezes and a "healthy, bracing air" attributed to the low level of tree cover. Average rainfall levels increase as the land rises: the 1958–1990 mean was 740 millimetres (29 in) on the seafront and about 1,000 millimetres (39 in) at the top of the South Downs above Brighton. Storms caused serious damage in 1703, 1806, 1824, 1836, 1848, 1850, 1896, 1910 and 1987. Snow is rare, but particularly severe falls were recorded in 1881 and 1967.

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On England's South Coast, and one hour from London by train, East Sussex' Brighton is home to a creative hub of "new media" industries, and has been referred to as "Soho by the Sea".The town underwent explosive growth after the arrival of a rail link to London in 1841, and has a reputation as a party town. It's currently Britain's most popular seaside location for European tourists.

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Brighton has a 5.4-mile (8.7 km) expanse of shingle beach, part of the unbroken 8-mile (13 km) section within the city limits. Neighbouring Hove is known for its hundreds of painted timber beach huts, but brick-walled chalets are also available on Brighton seafront, especially towards Rottingdean and Saltdean. Especially east of the Palace Pier, a flat sandy foreshore is exposed at low tide. The Palace Pier section of the beach has been awarded blue flag status. Part of the beach adjoining Madeira Drive, to the east of the city centre, has been redeveloped into a sports complex and opened to the public in March 2007, with courts for pursuits such as beach volleyball and ultimate Frisbee among others.

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All the major London airports are within easy reach of Brighton. London Gatwick to Brighton, for example, is only a 30 minute journey by train. So getting to Brighton from anywhere in the world is surprisingly easy. Below we've listed details of all the major (and some minor) airports serving the region.

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From the independent shops of The Lanes, North Laine & London Road to the unique shops of Hove & big-name stores of Churchill Square & Brighton Marina, shopping in Brighton is second to none. Whether you want to soak up the sun with a spring or summer shopping trip or take the chill out of winter with a heaven sent shopping spree, Brighton offers some of the best shopping on the South Coast at any time of the year. The city also offers a great range of markets & fairs where you can pick up vintage & retro gems and locally produced crafts & foods.

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Brighton has many night-life hotspots and is associated with popular musicians including Fatboy Slim, Kirk Brandon, Tim Booth, Nick Cave, David Van Day from Dollar, and Robert Smith. Live music venues include the Concorde2, Brighton Centre and the Brighton Dome, where ABBA received a substantial boost to their career when they won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974. Many events and performance companies operate in the city. Brighton’s has produced several successful bands and music artists including Royal Blood, the Kooks, Fatboy Slim, the Freemasons, the Levellers and the Maccabees, Electric Soft Parade, British Sea Power, the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Xcerts, Architects and Rizzle Kicks. Brighton is also home to several independent record labels.

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Looking for a restaurant in Brighton & Hove? Whether it’s fine dining or a casual get together there is a restaurant in Brighton to tickle all taste buds! One of the best parts of any holiday or break is the food and in Brighton you will be spoiled for choice! This is a city by the sea so there are plenty of seafood restaurants in Brighton from classic fish ‘n’ chips at The Regency to oysters by the sea at The Salt Room. For a romantic treat try Champagne and oysters at Riddle & Finns or indulge on the old-fashioned charm of English’s.

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Brighton & Hove is a city by the sea making it the perfect place for Beach & Watersports. Whether you're an expert or a novice get ready to dive in! If you are new to watersports then Lagoon Watersports in Hove Lagoon is the ideal spot to learn as sessions take place in the safe, sheltered waters of the lagoon before moving on to the big waves of the sea. The added bonus of sports at the lagoon is that you can then enjoy a well-earned snack at the Big Beach Café. Brighton is known for its pebbled beaches however there is one spot of sand along the beachfront. Head east from Brighton Palace Pier to the Yellowave Beach Sports centre which is open all year round and if a sport can be played on the beach then it can be played at Yellowave! From the classic volleyball to beach tennis and ultimate frisbee there are plenty of reasons to get the sand in your toes. Yellowave also has its own bar and café for spectator or post-sports refreshment.

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Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England which is part of the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, 47 miles (75 km) south of London. It is ranked the 42nd most populous district in England, with around 289,200 residents.

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