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Getting Married to my UK partner in the UK

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Hi all,

My British partner and I (Australia) are looking to get married in the UK, is there a similar Forum for Australians in the UK or is there a thread I could refer to please?

Thanks so much,

Lucylou


Applied 7 March 2014 for Citizenship, Australian Citizenship granted 26 June 2014.

Timeline for 801 Partner Visa Permanent: Submitted additional paperwork 24 DEC 2012 - Eligible for assessment 24 JAN 2013 - Visa Granted 4 MAR 2013

Timeline for 820 Partner Visa: Applied frontloaded 21 JAN 2011 - CO allocated 01 NOV 2011 - Visa Granted 15 NOV 2011

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I don't think there is.  That's why I ended up joining this forum - because I was looking to move back to the UK (I have since moved back).  

What did you want to know?   We looked into marrying in the UK and eventually decided against it.  From memory, the problem was that we would've had to fulfil a residential requirement, which would have meant going back several weeks before the wedding day.  Things may have changed, though.  

One thing you can consider (which is what we did) is to have a civil ceremony in Australia (followed by an informal party for your Australian friends), followed by a blessing in the UK or Europe.   We did ours on Santorini so the family got a holiday out of it too.

Edited by Marisawright

Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Thanks for your reply Marisa. I'm Australian and he's British with Australia citizenship but we want to get married in the UK.

If I stay less than 6 months do I need a visa, can we just go an get married? The website is all over the place and I'm really not sure what I need to do. We just want to go, spend say 3 months there, get married and come back to Australia, almost like a destination wedding

We want to get married in the UK and have a blessing back here in OZ, we have more friends and his family in the UK.

It's so overwhelming and really taking the excitement away from a happy time.


Applied 7 March 2014 for Citizenship, Australian Citizenship granted 26 June 2014.

Timeline for 801 Partner Visa Permanent: Submitted additional paperwork 24 DEC 2012 - Eligible for assessment 24 JAN 2013 - Visa Granted 4 MAR 2013

Timeline for 820 Partner Visa: Applied frontloaded 21 JAN 2011 - CO allocated 01 NOV 2011 - Visa Granted 15 NOV 2011

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38 minutes ago, lucylou1 said:

Thanks for your reply Marisa. I'm Australian and he's British with Australia citizenship but we want to get married in the UK.

If I stay less than 6 months do I need a visa, can we just go an get married? The website is all over the place and I'm really not sure what I need to do. We just want to go, spend say 3 months there, get married and come back to Australia, almost like a destination wedding

We want to get married in the UK and have a blessing back here in OZ, we have more friends and his family in the UK.

It's so overwhelming and really taking the excitement away from a happy time.

You probably  need to look at getting a Marriage Visitor Visa

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa

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Just now, Nemesis said:

You probably  need to look at getting a Marriage Visitor Visa

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa

Thanks Nemesis, I have looked at the website already, but trying to wrap my head around the rules and regulations. Seems a bit OTT if we just want to get married and leave again. We don't want to live in the UK


Applied 7 March 2014 for Citizenship, Australian Citizenship granted 26 June 2014.

Timeline for 801 Partner Visa Permanent: Submitted additional paperwork 24 DEC 2012 - Eligible for assessment 24 JAN 2013 - Visa Granted 4 MAR 2013

Timeline for 820 Partner Visa: Applied frontloaded 21 JAN 2011 - CO allocated 01 NOV 2011 - Visa Granted 15 NOV 2011

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44 minutes ago, lucylou1 said:

Thanks Nemesis, I have looked at the website already, but trying to wrap my head around the rules and regulations. Seems a bit OTT if we just want to get married and leave again. We don't want to live in the UK

If you look at that visa, it specifically says that it's for people who just want to visit and get married, not to live in the UK.  So that is what you need to apply for.

That's not the end of it, though.  You have to attend the registry office to give notice of the marriage 28 days beforehand - so that means you've got to be in the UK 28 days before the wedding day.  If you're getting married in church, they may also have requirements. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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8 hours ago, lucylou1 said:

Thanks Nemesis, I have looked at the website already, but trying to wrap my head around the rules and regulations. Seems a bit OTT if we just want to get married and leave again. We don't want to live in the UK

That is the correct visa if you wish to marry in the UK but not live there. The one for marrying AND living there is totally different. 

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