Arranging your Ceremony

Arranging your Ceremony

The Marriage Schedule System

Updated Guidance for Marriages and Civil Partnerships 

New ceremony bookings

If you are interested in booking a ceremony please contact the Register Office by phone (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm) on 0191 2787878 and ask for Registrars. 

Arranging Your Ceremony

The first thing you need to do is decide what type of ceremony you would like.  This could be in the Register Office, The Leazes Room, or at one of our approved venues around the city. These ceremonies can be booked up to 2 years in advance.

You may also choose to hold your ceremony at a place of worship,  or you might want to get married abroad.

Register Office and Leazes Room

To book a ceremony in The Register Office or in The Leazes Room please  contact the Register Office.

Approved Venues

Provisionally book your ceremony with the approved venue  and then contact the Register Office to confirm the availability of a Registrar.

Religious Ceremonies

Information about arranging a religious ceremony can be found at

Getting Married Abroad

Information about the documents you might need to arrange a marriage or civil partnership ceremony abroad can be found at

Outdoor Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Information about outdoor ceremonies can be found at

Please be aware that all of our ceremony bookings require the payment of a booking fee at the time of booking.  A deposit is also required for the Leazes Room and approved venue bookings.  This will guarantee your chosen date and time subject to our Terms and Conditions of booking .

Giving Notice of Intention to Marry or Form a Civil Partnership

Giving notice of intention involves attending an appointment at a Register Office. You must do this before you are able to be legally married in the UK. Before you book an appointment, you will need to know where the ceremony will take place and be able to confirm that you are both legally free to get married or to form a civil partnership.

Details of when and where to give notice and the documents you will need to provide can be found on our Giving Notice page.

We are currently experiencing high demand so notice appointments are not available at short notice.  Please make sure you contact us in a timely manner to make your appointment or you may not be able to proceed with your ceremony as planned.


You will be asked to pay the final balance for your ceremony at least 16 weeks prior to the date it will take place.  The cost of your ceremony depends upon the choice of venue and the day of the week the ceremony will take place.

Details can be found on our fees page .

Ceremony Choices

During the ceremony you will have to make two sets of legal declarations at a minimum. However, once you have made your final payment we will send you some information on your ceremony options which will allow you to personalise the remainder of your ceremony.  These forms should be returned to the Register Office before your ceremony so that a script can be prepared for the Registrar to use on the day.

We will also send you some hints and tips to help your day run smoothly.

Marriages Involving EU or EEA Nationals

In order to marry in England or Wales a Registrar must attest a notice of marriage. The General Register Office has advised that there is no intention to make any changes to the existing scheme on or immediately after the UK has left the EU. The longer-term position remains unclear, but EU and EEA citizens seeking to marry in 2019 and early next year can be reassured that their marriage will not be affected by changes.


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