Book an appointment to give notice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The government has announced that marriages and civil partnerships can resume from 4 July, with strict guidelines in place.

Read the latest government advice on marriages and civil partnerships.

In summary, in Medway this means:

  • a maximum of 30 people can attend the ceremony (see point 3 in the government advice)
  • those aged 70 years and older should continue to avoid social gatherings, in line with government advice
  • no chairs will be available in the marriage room
  • no toilets are available as there are none on site
  • we will be maintaining social distancing of 2 metres
  • we will request a guest list before the day of the ceremony

From Saturday 8 August, you must wear a face covering in many of our venues. This includes Medway Registry Office. Find out more about face coverings.

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Giving notice

Before you marry or enter into a civil partnership, it is a legal requirement that both of you must give notice at the register office in the district where you live.

You need to book an appointment with us, and appointments are available from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Book an appointment to give notice

Alternatively, you can book by calling Medway Register Office on 01634 338 899 or emailing

If you and your partner live in different districts you will need to attend separate register offices to give notice.

A legal wedding must take place in a building approved for the celebration of marriages. Wedding ceremony venues can be used for civil partnerships ceremonies. Some religious buildings can also be used for civil partnerships.

The notices of marriage must be given in person and are valid for 12 months. Bookings for the actual ceremony or civil partnership formation can be made before this. You must have lived in a district for a minimum of seven days immediately before you give your notice there.

Find out about marriages and civil partnerships in the UK on GOV.UK