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How to book your marriage

Changes to registration services

To keep customers and staff safe during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to use our limited resources in the best way possible we have made changes to our registration services. Our current priority is arranging and providing death registrations, birth registrations and responding to enquiries about ceremonies that have already been booked with our registrars.

Ceremonies

We are experiencing an unprecedented number of enquiries. We completely understand, but ask that customers remain patient. Please be assured we will respond to enquiries as soon as we can, but there will inevitably be a delay.

We are now accepting new bookings for ceremonies. To book, postpone or rearrange a ceremony already booked with the registration team please email: chesterregisteroffice@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

A civil marriage ceremony can take place at one of our register offices. It can also take place at a venue approved by us.

Book a marriage

Contact us to make a booking for a registrar to conduct your marriage. 

Cost

The fee for marriage varies on where you chose to get married. Either at a register office or an approved premises. 

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. 

Register Office

The fee for a marriage or civil partnership that takes place in the register office is £59. This includes the cost of one certificate. We have ceremony rooms available at our register offices. You can book a register office up to 12 months in advance.

The rooms are available from Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.  

Approved premises

You can book registrars up to three years in advance for ceremonies at approved premises. There is an initial non-refundable £59 fee when the ceremony is book. 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.

Certificates

If you get married at the register office the fee that you pay will include one certificate. It is possible to buy further copies after the ceremony for £11 each.

Foreign nationals

There are sometimes special procedures for foreign nationals. This is when either the bride or groom is a non EEA (European Economic Area) national. They may also be subject to immigration control.

If this applies to you, please contact us before making any ceremony arrangements. You can find more information about this on the Gov.uk website.

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