Marriage is a sacred bond that brings two individuals together, and it is essential to understand the legal procedures and requirements involved in solemnizing a marriage. The Special Marriage Act, 1954, provides a framework for interfaith, inter-caste, and civil marriages in India. As a law firm specializing in matters related to the Special Marriage Act, the Law Offices of Kr. Vivek Tanwar Advocate and Associates in Gurugram and Rewari is here to guide you through the procedures and requirements for the solemnization of marriages under this Act.

  1. Notice of Intended Marriage: The first step in solemnizing a marriage under the Special Marriage Act is the submission of a Notice of Intended Marriage to the Marriage Registrar. This notice should be given by either party to the marriage and should include essential details such as names, addresses, age, marital status, and the intention to marry.
  2. Publication and Objections: After the notice is submitted, it is published on the notice board of the Marriage Registrar’s office. The purpose of this publication is to allow anyone with objections to the marriage to come forward. If there are no objections within 30 days from the date of publication, the marriage can proceed.
  3. Declaration by Parties: Once the objection period has passed, both parties are required to sign a declaration stating that they are not aware of any impediment to the marriage. This declaration, along with other necessary documents, is submitted to the Marriage Registrar.
  4. Verification of Documents: The Marriage Registrar will examine the documents submitted, including proof of age, residence, and photographs. Both parties may be required to provide additional documents, as requested by the Marriage Registrar.
  5. Marriage Notice Display: After the verification of documents, a copy of the marriage notice is displayed on the office notice board for 30 days. This step allows anyone with valid objections to the marriage to come forward.
  6. Marriage Solemnization: If there are no objections during the notice display period, the marriage can be solemnized. The parties can choose a date for solemnization within the next 60 days. The marriage can take place at the office of the Marriage Registrar or at any other place mutually agreed upon.
  7. Solemnization Ceremony: On the day of the solemnization ceremony, the parties, along with three witnesses, must be present before the Marriage Registrar. The Marriage Registrar reads out the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, and the parties and witnesses sign the marriage certificate.
  8. Marriage Certificate: After the solemnization ceremony, the Marriage Registrar issues a marriage certificate, which serves as legal proof of marriage. This certificate is a vital document for various purposes, such as obtaining visas, passports, or changing one’s name.


Solemnizing a marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 involves a series of procedures and requirements to ensure a legally recognized union. The Law Offices of Kr. Vivek Tanwar Advocate and Associates is here to provide you with expert guidance and support throughout the process. We understand the significance of your marriage and are committed to assisting you in navigating the legal aspects smoothly. For further information or assistance, feel free to reach out to our team of experienced professionals.

Written by : Advocate Manoj Kumari (P/3727/2018)

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