Whether you choose to get married at one of our register offices, our approved venues or elsewhere, we're here to help create the perfect wedding ceremony for you.

Latest government guidance about weddings and civil partnerships

Hertfordshire is maintaining all restrictions currently in place for all council buildings, including register offices.

  • Approved venues in Hertfordshire will advise how many guests you can have at your ceremony
  • Hertfordshire register offices will still have social distancing and the following restrictions in place:

    • Bishop’s Stortford register office - couple and 42 guests
    • Cheshunt register office - couple and 35 guests
    • Hatfield register office - couple and 40 guests
    • Hemel Hempstead register office - couple and 39 guests
    • Hertford register office - couple and 36 guests
    • St Albans register office - couple and 42 guests
    • Stevenage register office - couple and 30 guests
    • Watford register office - couple and 27 guests.

To book or rearrange a ceremony, email registrars.admin@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4045.

 

Where and when you can get married

You can get married in a ceremony room at one of our 10 register offices or any of our approved venues in Hertfordshire.

We also offer celebratory marriage ceremonies if your ideal location isn't approved for legal ceremonies. Before the ceremony can take place you must be legally married.

There are no restrictions on the time of day you can get married so we can offer times later in the day at our approved venues.

Find a register office near you

 

How much our ceremonies cost

1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022
 Day Register OfficeApproved Venue 

Monday - Thursday

 £265

 £403

 Friday

 £393

 £403

 Saturday

 £505

 £556

 Sunday/Bank Holidays

 £556

 £612

  • A small statutory register office ceremony room for up to 4 persons is available in the Hatfield Register Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Watford Register Office on Mondays, and Stevenage Register Office on Wednesdays. The statutory fee for this ceremony is £46.
  • The fee for a marriage certificate is £11.
Anytime Ceremony
 Day Cost

 Monday – Friday

 £556

 Saturday

 £694

 Sunday/Bank Holidays

 £765

  • Anytime ceremonies can take place at approved venues between 6pm and 9am.
Anywhere Ceremony
 DayCost (Net)VAT Cost

 Monday - Friday

£403.33

£80.67

 £484

 Saturday

£555.83

£111.17

 £667

Sunday/Bank Holidays

£611.67

£122.33

 £734

  • For an Anywhere Ceremony you must be legally married, or have arrangements to have a legal marriage before the date proposed for the Anywhere Ceremony.
  • The fee for the legal ceremony will be £46 and can take place at any Hertfordshire Register Office.

Booking your ceremony

Once you've decided where you want to get married, contact us to book the date, time and place. If you've chosen an approved venue, check dates or provisionally book with them first before contacting us to book the Registrar.

We'll send you a provisional booking letter advising when you must give notice of marriage (your legal notice of intention).

Giving notice of marriage

Before you can register your marriage, you must both give your legal notice of intention.

Giving notice - what you need to know
You must give notice at least 29 days before you form a civil partnership.

Documents you'll need to give notice
You'll need proof of ID, address, marital status, and any name changes

 

 


You'll need to give notice of your marriage in your local registration district. You must have lived in that district for a minimum of seven days immediately before the day you give your notice.

If you and your partner live in different areas, you will both need to give notice in your own district (unless one or both of you is subject to immigration control).

Notice can be given up to 12 months before your civil partnership and no less than 28 days before.

Notices cost £35 each, or £47 if one or both parties are subject to the Home Office referral and investigation scheme. If one or both parties are subject to the Home Office referral and investigation scheme the waiting period can be extended to 70 days by the Home Office to allow time for any investigations.

Religious weddings

If you want to be married in the Church of England or the Church of Wales you'll need to contact the Vicar. They'll arrange for the Banns to be called or for a common licence to be issued. These marriages will always be registered by the Vicar.

If you want marry in a church or any other religious building of any other religious denomination you'll need to give a Notice of Marriage to the Registrar in the district where you live.

Weddings abroad

If you want to get married abroad you need to make sure you find out and follow the regulations of that country. There may be minimum residency requirements and legal documents you need to bring, which your travel agent can tell you about. In some cases you'll be asked for a certificate of no impediment. You can get this by contacting your local Register Office. You'll need to give at least 28 days notice.

How to plan your ceremony

We aim to create a ceremony perfect for you with your ideas, tastes and budgets taken into account.

If you're getting married in one of our approved venues or having a celebration ceremony elsewhere, we'll be pleased to help you plan your ceremony. We can arrange a meeting with you 1 month before the big day when you can tell us all your choices.

For weekday weddings in one of our register offices you'll get a planning sheet to complete informing us of your choices.

Your day has arrived

Arrival

Make sure you arrive on time so the ceremony can start at the time you booked. Your guests need to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand.

The Registrars will need to see each of you privately before the ceremony to check through your details and make sure everything is recorded correctly. This will happen 15 minutes before the ceremony if you're seen together. If you wish to be seen separately they'll see you 30 minutes and 10 minutes beforehand.

The Registrars will also explain to the escorts and anyone giving a reading what they need to do so the ceremony runs smoothly.

The ceremony

Don't worry about being nervous as our Registrars will guide you through the ceremony.

It'll start with an introduction by the Registrar followed by the legal declaration and contractual words which you will be asked to repeat in turn.

You'll have chosen some words to be said about the commitment and the meaning of marriage and possibly some readings. You'll be able to make promises to each other and exchange rings before you're declared legally married.

 

Signing the marriage schedule

The way civil and religious marriages are registered is changing from 4 May 2021.

  • Instead of signing a register at the end of the ceremony, you'll sign a marriage schedule.
  • Marriage certificates will no longer be issued on the wedding day.
  • Parents' details can now also be included.

Find out more at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/marriageschedule.

Photographs and videos

The Registrars will let your photographer and guests know of any restrictions when taking pictures or videos during the ceremony.

Due to data protection, you can't take any photographs or video recordings of the register when it's being signed.

Confetti

If your ceremony is at an approved venue you need to check with them first. All our Hertfordshire register offices are happy for your guests to throw confetti once you're outside. We prefer you use paper biodegradable confetti.

Contact details

Email registrars.admin@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call us on 0300 123 4045 for more information on our venues and registrars or to answer your questions.

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