|Swinton Civic centre where we gave notice|
We gave notice! I was sooo excited about this, I was counting down until it would be less than a year and we could finally give notice. I cannot wait to start organising our ceremony!
Naively it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be! Our situation is that we are students in Manchester however we are still registered as living down south in our parents homes. I looked at what type of documentation needed to be taken to the registry office in order to give notice and the stuff needed to prove address (driving licence, council tax statement or bank statements) was only applicable to our southern addresses. So I thought I would make an appointment to give notice down south. To give notice somewhere you have to have resided there for 7 days but in Easter break we could easily arrange to be down south for that length and seeing as we’re actually getting married in Buckingham I actually was looking forward to incorporating our hometown in our wedding planning in some way.
Unfortunately the staff at our hometown told us we couldn’t give notice there, that as we spent the majority of time in Manchester to give notice down south would be a lie. I was a bit dejected and called the Manchester offices to make an appointment. However when we spoke about identification, although they were very lovely, they explained that without the correct ID we wouldn’t be able to register there.
So it was back to the hometown. Again I was told I would be registering falsely and that if I had a formal letter from my landlord or mortgage lenders that would suffice. Another technicality in our situation is we live in an apartment owned by a family member so although we pay rent we have no formal contract to prove this. Oh my god, by this point I was getting so fed up!
Luckily the lovely staff at Manchester said they would make an exception for us and so we went and gave notice...finally!
I was kind of nervous giving notice, all the ‘if you’ve lied we can prosecute’ stuff is scary, even though I know we’re innocent haha.
Our notice is up in the registry office for the next 15 days and then we have to collect it and send it off. We’ve already got an email from the Buckingham registry office containing all the information about witnesses and readings and all those ceremony details which are the number one thing I’ve been looking forward to organising!
We have a lot of things to think about now :D