Me and my partner are planning on getting married in secret in August, while our families think we have a date set for next May. We want it to be just us and our kids, and we're having a small ceremony at the registry office followed by a photoshoot. However we're not sure what to do about witnesses. Will there be anyone at the registry office that could act or do we need to drag people of the street!
you need either friends or family to be witnesses, i dont think staff are allowed to be witnesses. im taking my parents to be our witnesses at the registry office. could contact your registry office and ask whom you can ask to be witnesses.
I was told it has to be a friend or family member. I would advise it be someone who can keep the secret
I don't think it actually has to be a friend or family member. (I could be wrong) But as long as the person speaks and understands the English language and ideally should be over the age of 16. Witnesses are required to observe you make your verbal contract of marriage, and to sign the marriage register. I don't see why that can't be a randomer haha 😂
I heard friend or family member. I want to have it just one of my friends one of his and our kids too xx
My registry office told me my witnesses can be anyone, you dont have to know them they just have to be 18 or over and have the capacity to sign the register
What a brilliant idea! I love it. I say you ask your best friend and he his best friend. That way you only let them two in on a secret and they wont tell your family
Witnesses can be anyone, as long as they are over 16 and can understand what is being agreed
It can be anyone, so yes you could take people off of the street
So you can get people off the street, you will find it hard to find someone in the building. When I went to register my marriage I ended up doing it for someone!
Be prepared and find someone before you go in, if you delay to long they can cancel the appointment! Good luck x
It doesn’t have to be a friend or family member, a friend of ours had the lady who sold them their wedding rings ... completely random xx
We got married as just us on a runaway package. The hotel manager and photographer acted as witnesses. Witnesses don't have to be friends or family
I used to work at the council and was called up by the registrars frequently asking me to be a witness!
It doesn't have to be family. Check with your local council but ours said anyone over 18 who agrees and has an understanding of the events. It can't be the the person performing the ceremony
We photographed a wedding couple of years ago. Just the couple and their 2 kids. The venue staff were the witnesses. Great day!
Having worked as a register many years ago, you can ask staff members at the registration office to act as witnesses. have a fabulous wedding day.
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You need two witnesses and why are u doing it in secret i would be devastated if i was your mum and dad i dont want to sound rude what are u doing in may then is it a fake wedding
What happens when it gets to next may? 🤣😂