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What's the legal age for getting married in the UK?
In England and Wales you can get married at 16 as long as you have permission from your parents.

But without the okay from mum or dad the law says you must be 18 before you can get wed.

In Scotland the rules are slightly different and you can marry at 16 with or without your parent's permission.

But if either the bride or groom is under 18 they must bring a birth certificate to the ceremony to prove their age.


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