They should give you some kind of receipt for all this that you should hold on to for the return visit. It cost us 33 rupees to "register" the marriage!Please note that there is absolutely no need to spend thousands on lawyers or middle men, as some of our members have.
Thanks for your advice! :)
The British High Commission did send me an information sheet on marriage in India for British citizens but a little vague to be honest.
I have spend the last few days having searches on here which is great, will spend more time reading more threads as well
My fiance seems so laid back about it all while I'm getting stressed trying to gather all the info! lol
Would love to hear from other British girls who have married in India and how they got on? :D
I am an American Citizen who married an Indian Citizen last year and here is what happened to us.
We went to my husband's local registrar and first submitted our "intentions" to marry. We had to bring our 3 witnesses along and we both had to be there for both visits. I'm not sure if your husband could do the first part before you arrive. My impression then was that our physical presence was required to confirm identity, etc. It would be worth trying if spending 30 days in India would be tough, but I wouldn't count on it.
For the first part of the registration we needed the following documents and stuff:
Patience. lots and lots of patience.
An entire day. seriously. I hope it isn't as long for you!
some passport size photos (that you can get much cheaper and in bulk here in India. I think we needed at least 6 each)
both our passports for identification
photocopies of our passport photo pages and the pages which list our address. They asked us to copy these on to the same sheet of paper and make it look like they were adjacent pages in the passport. Why? I guess to make it look more "official" The address page is the last page in and Indian passport and it is easy to do some cut and paste to get both on the same copy. For my American passport, there is only a write-in address page: more explaining to rather dense government officials
my husband needed proof of local residency. His current address is in his passport so I think that worked. But I think some kind of utility bill or other official document would also work
they also asked ME for proof of local residency as well! This took some serious arguing and negotiating. If you can, get some semi-official looking mail addressed to you at your husband-to-be's address before going this might help as it was one of the things they asked me for, but be prepared to have some debates with the folks at the registrar on this issue. We eventually got them to drop it, but it took some work
We also needed a pre-addressed stamped envelope to send to my local US registrar with the details of the registrar marriage here in India. this was in lieu of the document Nick mentioned that declares you are not already married in your own country. If you can get that before coming, or from your country's Embassy in New Delhi before registering it will make things easier.
3 witnesses! in person (both times)
They should give you some kind of receipt for all this that you should hold on to for the return visit. It cost us 33 rupees to "register" the marriage!
Then 30+1 days later (to play it safe) we went back to sign the actual papers. This time all we needed was:
the same 3 witnesses
my husband's mother :)
sweets for the people at the registrar as a small "bribe"
an actual bribe, unfortunately (I think if you pushed more this would not be necessary and it should not be necessary, but oh well.)
another full day
and even more patience!
Congratulations and good luck!