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.
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.
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|Monday to Thursday||£610||£630||£650|
|Sunday, Bank or Public Holiday||£670||£695||£720|
Ceremonies in community venues
These fees include VAT and a non-refundable £56 deposit. £11 is payable in addition for the marriage certificate.
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Registrar attendance at a religious building is £97.00. Religious ceremonies must be paid in full when you book.Print this page