A civil marriage ceremony can take place in any register office or at any venue that has been approved to hold a civil marriage. Approved premises include stately homes and other prestigious buildings, hotels and restaurants.
Although you cannot incorporate any religious content into a civil marriage ceremony, you may be able to arrange to have individual touches such as non-religious music and/or readings, and for the wedding to be videoed. The superintendent or district registrar at the register office for the district in which you intend to marry will be able to tell you more about the options available.
Please note: on the day of the wedding you will need to bring with you at least two other people who are prepared to witness the marriage and sign the marriage register.
The costs are set out below, but are subject to change. For more information, see(for England and Wales), (for Scotland), or (for Northern Ireland).
Cost of giving notice in advance of a ceremony at:
- A register office
- Approved premises
- A religious building other than in the Church of England or Church in Wales
England and Wales - £35 per person
Northern Ireland - £20 per person
Scotland - £30 per person
Cost of register office ceremony:
England and Wales - £45
Scotland - £55
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - £33
Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm - £116
Saturday 9am to 5pm - £116
Sundays, bank holidays and all other times - £165
Cost of a ceremony on approved premises - the cost for attendance by the superintendent registrar and registrar is set by the local authority in question. A further charge is likely to be made by the owners of the building for the use of the premises.
Cost of religious ceremony in an Anglican church – check fees with the vicar of the church in which you are planning to marry.
Cost of religious ceremony at a building other than an Anglican Church - unless the building has an Authorised Person - there will be an £84 fee for the registrar and there may be further fees charged by the trustees of the building and the person who performs the ceremony. You should check with the minister of faith/religion or the local registrar for confirmation.
There are statutory fees set down for both civil and religious marriages and details of these can be found on the.
There could be additional charges to meet the cost of the use of local authority facilities for the purposes of a civil marriage. If you wish to marry at an approved place then there may be an additional charge to have the authorised registrar attend there.
If you are to have a religious ceremony then you should ask the religious celebrant what fees will be charged.
There is a charge for obtaining a copy of the marriage certificate itself.
It is possible for a marriage ceremony to be conducted in Welsh (if in Wales) or Gaelic (if in Scotland). Where the ceremony is to be in Welsh or Gaelic only, both you and your partner, your witnesses and the person conducting the marriage must be able to understand what is being said. You don't have to have given notice in Welsh or Gaelic in order for the marriage to be conducted in that language.
You will receive your marriage certificate straight after the ceremony. If at any stage you require another copy, you can apply online or via a register office, in person, by post or fax.
Cost of marriage certificate
England and Wales - £4
Scotland - £10 (if applied for within one month of registration of the marriage)
Northern Ireland - £14 (or £8 if obtained at the time of registration or if entry number supplied)