Get married or form a civil partnership

Book 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.

Fees and deposits

There is a £50 non-refundable deposit for civil ceremonies. Religious ceremonies must be paid in full when you book.

All fees include £11 for a marriage or civil partnership certificate.

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

Ceremonies in approved premises

Day Current fee
Monday to Thursday £576
Friday £586
Saturday £606
Sunday, Bank or Public Holiday £626

Ceremonies in community venues

These fees include VAT.

Day Current fee
Monday-Thursday £209
Friday £282
Saturday morning £349

Religious building

Registrar attendance at a religious building is £97.00.

Book a registrar

To book a registrar call us 0345 603 7632

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