Get married or form a civil partnership

Book and pay for a registrar

For your wedding or civil partnership to be legal, you need to have a registrar present.

Once you've booked your venue, you can book a registrar. You can do this up to two years before your ceremony.

It’s a good idea to do this as early as possible to make sure a registrar is available on the date you have in mind.

If you’re getting married or forming a civil partnership in the Essex Register Office, a registrar is included when you book your ceremony.

Some religious venues will provide their own registrars, but you should check this with them.

Book a registrar

To book a registrar call us 0345 603 7632

Fees and deposits

There is a non-refundable deposit for all civil ceremonies. The deposits vary from between £50 and £120 depending on ceremony and type of venue.

Once you have booked, there will be a £25 charge for each alteration made.

Ceremonies in approved premises

These fees include an £120 non-refundable deposit.

In addition to the fees below, £11 is also payable for the marriage certificate.

Day 1 April 2020-31 March 2021 1 April 2021-31 March 2022 1 April 2022-31 March 2023
Monday to Thursday £580 £600 £620
Friday £590 £610 £630
Saturday £610 £630 £650
Sunday, Bank or Public Holiday £630 £650 £670

Ceremonies in community venues

These fees include VAT and a non-refundable £56 deposit. £11 is payable in addition for the marriage certificate.

Day 1 April 2020-31 March 2021 1 April 2021-31 March 2022 1 April 2022-31 March 2023
Monday-Thursday £200 £205 £210
Friday £280 £290 £300
Saturday morning £350 £360 £370

Religious building

Registrar attendance at a religious building is £97.00. Religious ceremonies must be paid in full when you book.

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