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Civil marriages

Choosing your civil marriage ceremony 

It is important to us that we create a unique and memorable ceremony for you. If you would like to create a more personal and fitting ceremony on your special day, then the enhanced ceremony is the right choice for you. Enhanced ceremonies can be held in our registration offices or other licensed venues in Nottinghamshire.

There are various options for personalising your enhanced ceremony, including your own choice of music, poems and readings and exchanging personal promises to each other (in addition to the legal declaration and contract words). There is a wealth of material to choose from but please remember that your civil ceremony cannot have any religious content. Personalisation requests must be agreed by the Registration Team organising your ceremony, to ensure that it will be appropriate for the occasion.

Speak with our registration team to find out more and how to submit your choices. If you have something more specific you wish to include we will be happy to discuss the possibilities. 

If you are looking for a “ a no frills” ceremony without any personalisation, the standard ceremony is for you. These are only available in registration offices at specific times. 

If you would prefer to have a basic ceremony with just the minimum legal requirements (two witnesses only) then the statutory ceremony is available at our register office in Worksop at specified times.

How to pay for your ceremony

Once you have decided on your ceremony, please contact us to check availability and to book a date and time. A deposit will be required to secure your booking.

To find out more about the ceremony costs, visit our ceremony fees page.

If you have any questions about choosing or paying for your ceremony, please get in touch.

Legal requirements

In order to get married you each need to give notice of your intention to marry at your local registration office [GOV.UK]. There is a minimum waiting period of 28 days, unless you are subject to immigration control where the waiting period could be extended.