On your wedding day
Timing is crucial
Your ceremony should start at the appointed time unless there are exceptional circumstances where we have been informed of the change and it has been agreed by us.
Should you arrive late it may not be possible to conduct your ceremony that day, since your registrars will most likely have to attend subsequent ceremonies.
You and your guests should arrive 20 minutes before the start time.
In order to accurately record your personal details in the marriage register, you must both be interviewed prior to the start of the ceremony for the registrar to check those details with each of you in person. It is important that you also check this information carefully when asked to do so, since mistakes found later may incur a considerable cost to correct. If you wish to see the registrar separately, one of you will be seen 20 minutes, and the other 10 minutes, before the ceremony is due to start.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all guests are aware of our expectations and have prior knowledge of where the venue is situated.
Your civil ceremony must be witnessed throughout by two people who can speak and understand English and who are fully aware of the nature and meaning of the ceremony.
Conventionally, a witness should be over the age of 16. The registration service is not able to provide witnesses for you - they must be your witnesses and should be known to you.
Recording your special day
We are happy for you to video record your special day. Please discuss this in advance with your registration office and with the registrar on the day.
Registering your marriage
At the end of the ceremony the registrar will ask each of you to check your own personal details very carefully in the marriage register before you sign it to say that the information is correct. You will probably be nervous and excited on your special day, but it is important, and in your best interests, that you check the information very closely. Any details found to be incorrect at a later date will require a formal and lengthy correction procedure, as well as a fee of £90 for the Registrar General to consider your application.
Our friendly and committed staff are here to guide you through the planning and legalities of your big day. We are always happy to answer queries, give support throughout the whole process and guide you through all you say and do.
We want to do everything we can to ensure your celebration is all you would wish for.