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Guide: Plan a marriage or civil partnership

Part 2 Book a registrar

Once you have chosen where and when you would like your ceremony to take place you will need to contact us in order to book a registrar to conduct your ceremony. 

If your ceremony is taking place in a hotel or other licensed venue

As soon as you have decided where and when to have your ceremony, and made a provisional booking with the venue, you then need to book a registrar to conduct your ceremony.

Please use our ceremony enquiry form to contact us as soon as possible and make sure that a registrar will be available.

We recommend not paying a deposit to the venue until you have confirmation of this.

If you have chosen a religious ceremony, the venue will be able to tell you if they have a person authorised to attend and register the marriage. If they don’t, you’ll need to book a registrar by completing our ceremony enquiry form.

Complete our ceremony enquiry form

If you want your ceremony to take place in a registration office

If you would like your ceremony to take place in one of our registration offices your registrar will be included as part of your ceremony booking.

You can enquire about booking a ceremony in a registration office using our ceremony enquiry form.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic we are not currently accepting any new bookings for registration office ceremonies taking place before 1 May 2021.

Complete our ceremony enquiry form