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Marriage - arrangement and ceremonies

We offer two kinds of ceremonies for marriage - a simple ceremony and an enhanced ceremony.

Simple ceremony

The simple marriage ceremony meets all necessary legal requirements. It has no enhancements and is for up to six guests including two witnesses. We offer this ceremony in all our registration offices. You can view costs here, which include one certificate.

Enhanced ceremony

Enhanced ceremonies are more personalised and can feature readings and music. These ceremonies are available in our offices and also at approved venues. You can view costs here.

The enhanced ceremony is always offered for ceremonies at approved venues.

The marriage ceremony

A civil marriage ceremony must be entirely non-religious and may not, by law, contain any religious readings or music. Two witnesses aged 16 or over are required to sign the marriage register.

pdf icon Guidance notes for photography at marriage ceremonies [170kb].

Urgent circumstances

We can make special arrangements at very short notice for a marriage ceremony under special licence, where one person in the relationship is very seriously ill and not expected to recover. Contact your local registration office for further information.

Marriage - arrangement and ceremonies - frequently asked questions

This page was last updated on 27 January 2016