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Hey guys

Me and my husband got married in February (in the US) We had a great wedding but unfortunately his parents were unable to attend for a number of reasons. Now we are looking into having another "marriage ceremony" in the UK for his parents this July. We have done some research but can't seem to find an answer.

1. Has anyone gone through this?

2. Can you do it at a courthouse in the UK (even if the marriage won't technically be legal) - Is it possible as, I'm guessing the UK wont have any record of the marriage in UK?

Thanks


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The UK recognises marriages that are performed legally in the US, therefore your US marriage will be recognised by the UK. They used to permit UK nationals to register their foreign marriage certificates with the registry office but that was only so that you could more easily get a copy in a format UK institutions would recognise, they do not do this any more.

The local registrars office won't do a non legal wedding, we don't get married in courthouses in the UK but in registrars offices.

In the UK you need to post bans to get married, as you are already married you will not be able to do this. Additionally there are added rules and visa restrictions for those from outside the European economic area coming to get married in the UK, even if they are normally exempt from getting a visa.

I know a lot of churches do blessings, it has many of the ceremonial parts of a wedding but no legality. Alternatively you could just come over for a holiday and have a big party, maybe write some promises to read out as part of the party so his parents can see this.

Please note that K1 do not get EAD at the point of entry any more, this stopped years ago, this stamp is just a notice of how long you have to get married. If the Advance parole does not come by the time you intend to fly and he leaves the US then you will be abandoning the process and you will have to reapply for CR1 visa instead before he can return to the US.

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K-1 Met:2002 Dating :2003 I-129F Sent : 2013-06-01 I-129F NOA2 : 2013-08-20 Medical: 2013-12-20 Interview Date : 2014-01-22 POE: 2014-02-19 Wedding: 2014-03-18

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Thanks a lot for your reply.

We did some research and found something called a 'Humanist' wedding which is a non religious ceremony that allows you to have a wedding like ceremony without actually getting married.

...and obviously we will wait for AP :-)


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Depends on where the Humanist ceremony is being held, I had friends who did this when I lived in Scotland.

Humanist ceremonies in Scotland are legal marriages. Humanist ceremonies in England, Wales and Ireland are not legal marriages and require a ceremony at a registry office to be legal.

Glad you are aware of the AP thing, so many posts on here lately where they have not been and a lot of cash has been wasted on non refundable tickets.


K-1 Met:2002 Dating :2003 I-129F Sent : 2013-06-01 I-129F NOA2 : 2013-08-20 Medical: 2013-12-20 Interview Date : 2014-01-22 POE: 2014-02-19 Wedding: 2014-03-18

AOS/EAD Date Filed : 2014-04-04 BioAppt: 2014-05-13 EAD in Production: 2014-07-08 Interview date: 2014-07-14 Green Card received: 2014-07-19

ROC Date Filed: 2016-04-26 Cheque Cashed: 2016-05-10 NOA1: 2016-04-28 Biometrics: 2016-06-30 Approved: 11-08-2016 Green Card Received: 11-18-2016

 

Citizenship Date Filed: 2017-04-18 Cheque Cashed: 2017-04-24- NOA1:2017-04-21  Biometrics: 2017-05-19 Inline: 2017-07-12 Interview Date: 2018-02-13 Oath: 2018-03-15

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IIIiria

Yeah my husband is originally from South West London so we will be OK. Thats an interesting fact about it being legal in Scotland. I know that they are trying to get the law changed so it is legal in England but hopefully that wont be any time soon.


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Sep 25th 2014 - NOA1 (Day 8)
Oct 18th 2014 - NOA2 (Day 31)
Nov 4th 2014 - NVC received packet (Day 48)

Nov 7th 2014 - Packet left NVC (Day 51)
Nov 12th 2014 - Consulate received packet (Day 56)

Nov 18th 2014 - Packet 3 received (Day 62)
Dec 1st 2014 - Consulate received medical results (Day 72)

Dec 10th 2014 - Packet 4 received (Day 84)

Dec 16th 2014 - Interview - APPROVED!!! (Day 90)
Dec 24th 2014 - Visa received in post (Day 98) 

*No RFE's*

 

February 14th 2015 - Wedding Day 

 

AOS Timeline

Apr 13th 2015 - Sent AOS package (Day 1)

Apr 17th 2015 - AOS email confirmation (Day 5)
Apr 17th 2015 - AOS email confirmation (Day 5)

May 2nd 2015 - Biometrics letter received (Day 20)

May 14th 2015 - Biometrics appointment (Day 32)
Jul 11th 2015 -
EAD/AP was in production (Day 90)

Jul 29th 2015 - EAD/AP was being mailed (Day 108)
Jul 31st 2015 - EAD/AP was received (Day 110)

Sep 25th 2015 - Green Card APPROVED!!! (Day 166)

Sep 28th 2015 - Green Card welcome letter received (Day 169)
Oct 1st 2015 - Green Card Received (Day 172)

*No RFE's*

 

I-751 Timeline

Aug 12th 2017 - Sent I-751 package (Day 1)

Aug 14th 2017 - I-751 Package delivered to USCIS (Day 3)

Aug 17th 2017 - USCIS cashed check (Day 5)

Aug 19th 2017 - NOA letter received (Day 7) 

Sep 11th 2017 - Biometrics letter received (Day 30)

Sep 22nd 2017 - Biometrics Appointment (Day 42)

Mar 5th 2018 - Case was received at my local office (Day 206)

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So, Illiria's reply is correct, in that you can't get married twice, but confused in that UK register offices certainly offer the ceremony you are after. It's called a "Renewal of Vows" ceremony.

We had a US wedding in November 2012 with just close family, followed by a party at home for US friends the day after. The following July, we had a big "second wedding", for UK friends and family. Technically, though, it's not a second wedding. If done by a church, it would be a blessing. We aren't religious, though, so we had the event at a country house hotel, and we had someone come from the local Register Office to officiate at the ceremony. It can also be done at the Register Office itself, just like courthouse weddings in the US. However, this is not a legally binding ceremony, so you could instead hire a venue, have a friend make up a ceremony, and call it whatever you like.

EDIT: Decide which council area you want to have the ceremony in, and google "council name" then "renewal of vows". Here is Surrey, for example:

http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/birth-death-marriage-and-civil-partnerships/marriage/other-types-of-ceremonies/renewal-of-vows

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