As soon as possible
- Start your research, decide what type of ceremony you would like
The popular enhanced ceremony allows you as a couple to plan your wedding ceremony with the opportunity to include music, readings and your own vows. These can be held in our registration offices or other registered venues in Nottinghamshire, such as hotels or stately homes.
The standard ceremony contains the necessary legal requirements without any personalisation, readings or music. These are held in registration offices only.
Nottinghamshire wedding celebrants also provide celebratory ceremonies in other locations, or for example on return from marriage overseas, giving family and friends the opportunity to share the experience and hear you say “I do”.
Thinking of an outdoor ceremony? Our registrars can do that too. Our professional celebrants can help you plan an indoor/outdoor ceremony where the legal requirements take place in a licenced venue and a wedding ceremony can take place outside – weather permitting.
If choosing to celebrate in Nottinghamshire at one of our approved venues your ceremony will automatically be an enhanced ceremony.
Please note that since the different types of ceremony are subject to different conditions including time of day, number of guests, price and location, it is important that you contact us for advice and to discuss your wishes in detail.
- Book your registrar for your venue by contacting our team now - you need to give your notice of intention to marry (this is valid for 12 months only)
- Research and book your ceremony and reception venue and caterers. Talk with your registrars and venue (some take bookings as far as two years in advance) and popular places and times can get booked quickly)
- Take time to read our simple paying for your big day dos and don'ts
- Decide on the style/theme - see our Inspiration section for ideas
- Decide on the budget - see our budget planning spreadsheet
- Draw up a guest list - see our guest list spreadsheet
- Choose the best man, bridesmaids, ushers and others you would like to involve.
12 months to go!
- Once you've set the date, you'll need to get the legal side of things sorted out. If you are having a civil ceremony, you need to give notice of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership by attending an appointment at one of our registration offices. Please remember that this must be a minimum or 28 days but not more than 12 months before your ceremony date. To make an appointment contact us
- Announce your forthcoming ceremony to friends and family. Many couples choose to send out 'Save the date' cards between six to twelve months before the event, to ensure that guests keep that date free
- Book ceremony, reception venue and caterers
- Start looking at outfits for those involved in the ceremony (some dresses can take months to arrive from abroad)
- Start researching transport, photographers, florists and other suppliers you want involved
- Start making your gift list.
6 months to go!
- Book transport, photographer, videographer and entertainment
- Arrange for the other outfits to be made or hired
- Order cake
- Order stationery
- If you are going abroad, check that your passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date you depart for your honeymoon
- Book rooms at a hotel for the night (if applicable)
- Arrange insurance for your special day
- Remember to book an appointment to give notice
- Book your honeymoon
- If you want to book your honeymoon in your new name you will need to apply for a passport using the PD2 service. For a small fee your registrar can help you apply for a new passport up to three months in advance of your wedding or civil ceremony date. Further information can found at GOV.uk, or to book an appointment contact the registration service carrying out your ceremony.
3 months to go!
- Pay your balance to the Registration Team
- Buy rings
- Order flower decorations after visiting the florist to confirm your final choices
- Send out invitations
- Finalise honeymoon arrangements (clothes, visas, vaccinations, etc)
- If you've booked your honeymoon in your new name remember to book your PD2 appointment for your new passport. Appointments can be made with the registration team carrying out your ceremony
- Confirm music and readings
- Choose and buy your going away outfits
- Finalise details with the photographer and videographer
- Arrange your stag and hen parties
- Book hair appointments for the day
- Have you thought about having a ceremony rehearsal? Many couples find a rehearsal beneficial. All of Nottinghamshire County Council's registration office ceremony venues offer a rehearsal service. If your ceremony is at an approved premise you can still have a rehearsal, however rather than it taking place at your venue it will take place at a registration office, where the registrar will take you through the process for your ceremony and answer any last minute questions. To book an appointment or for further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your preference of appointment date and time, the date and location of your ceremony and your contact telephone number.
One month to go!
- Are you getting married in Nottingham? If your ceremony is booked with Nottinghamshire Registration Service your registrar will have given you a marriage pack with your ceremony choices. Please complete this and return it
- If you are unsure which one is for you, contact the registration team
- Draw up the final guest list and prepare seating plans - see our table plan template for round tables and table plan template for rectangular tables
- Inform caterers on the final number of guests
- Try on outfits for alterations
- Write speeches
- Buy presents for the best man, bridesmaids, ushers and any others taking part in the service
- Confirm cake delivery
- Remember it is not too late to book a ceremony rehearsal. To book an appointment or for further information please email: email@example.com with your preference of appointment date and time, the date and location of your ceremony and your contact telephone number.
One week to go!
- Wear-in shoes if they are new
- Confirm all arrangements (outfits, photographers, timings, etc)
- Pack for your honeymoon
- Order honeymoon currency
- Final hair and make-up practice.
The day before!
- Finish packing
- Ensure you have adequate amounts of cash to pay people who may need payment at the ceremony
- If you are using your own cars, make sure they are topped up with fuel
- Confirm cake delivery (yes, again!)
- Relax and look forward to the big day!