Marriage and civil partnerships
How to book your marriage
A civil marriage ceremony can take place at one of our Register Offices. It can also take place at a venue approved by us. Details of approved venues can be found on our approved ceremony venue page.
Book a marriage
You can request to book a Registrar to conduct your marriage or book a Register Office ceremony.
The fee for marriage varies on where you choose to get married. Either at a Register Office or an approved premises. Further details can be found on our fees page.
Notice of marriage
If you have not already done so you will need to give notice of marriage. You must give notice at least 28 clear days in advance of your ceremony date. You can give notice up to 12 months in advance of your ceremony date.
The fee for a marriage or civil partnership that takes place in the Register Office is £48.50. We have ceremony rooms available at our Register Offices. You can usually book a Register Office up to 12 months in advance.
You can book Registrars up to three years in advance for ceremonies at approved premises. There is an initial non-refundable £48.50 fee when the ceremony is booked. We will deduct this from the final amount due.
Marriages at approved premises can take place at any time. Seven days per week and including some bank holidays.
There are sometimes special procedures for foreign nationals. This is when either the bride or groom is subject to immigration control.
If this applies to you, please contact us before making any ceremony arrangements. More information can be found on the Gov.uk website.