Organising an occasion as big as this, is very exciting. Every wedding ceremony is individual and special. Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services hope that this information will give you all you need to start planning your special day, whether it is to take place in one of our Ceremony Rooms or at an Approved Venue.
Choosing a venue
Choosing a venue for your wedding will be one of the most important decisions you will have to make. In the Wakefield district your wedding can only take place at one of ‘Our Venues’ or at a
venue approved by the Local Authority.
When you decide where you want to be married it is essential that you contact us to check availability and provisionally book a registrar. You will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee.
If you wish to change the date, time or location of your ceremony you must request this in writing and pay a ceremony amendment fee.
If you wish to change the location of your ceremony, after your notice has been given please contact us to discuss on 0345 4 852 888.
Celebrate… your way
Do you have your heart set on a wedding in a barn with hay bales, a tipi in the woods, a lakeside or in a private house or garden? Choose to
celebrate your way with us, by having your legal ceremony at one of ‘Our Venues’ or another venue approved by the local authority followed by a celebration ceremony at the venue of your choice (subject to a satisfactory risk assessment).
What's next? - Giving notice of marriage
In order to get married in England or Wales one of the parties to the marriage must have resided in England or Wales. Before you can be married in England or Wales you must each give a notice of your intention to marry to the Superintendent Registrar in the District where you live. Please note this does not apply to the of Church of England or Church of Wales.
If you are unsure where to give your notice, it is the register office in the local authority area to which you pay your Council Tax.
There are certain documents you will need to provide to give notice, these are outlined in our
'Information for giving notice of marriage'.
Notice cannot be given until you have decided on a venue and no more than 12 months in advance. We appreciate that you may wish to secure a booking with a venue more than 12 months in advance. In these circumstances we strongly recommend that you
contact us to provisionally book a registrar.
The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is 28 clear days. Please note that if you are a non-EEA national different regulations may apply. Further information can be found on the
You can make an appointment to give notice by contacting us.
If you were previously in a marriage or civil partnership which was dissolved in a foreign country an additional statutory fee is payable at the time of your notice appointment.
Please note that Notices of Marriage and Notices of Civil Partnership for the Wakefield District can be viewed in the reception area of Wakefield Town Hall.
Your wedding ceremony
Your provisional booking is confirmed when you have both given your notice of marriage.
The Registrar will provide you with our marriage guide. If you live outside of Wakefield we will send a marriage guide to you in the post when we receive confirmation that you have given notice of marriage at your local Register Office.
We provide you with many opportunities to enhance and personalise your ceremony so that it is unique to you. You can include personal vows, readings and music. You can share your story, how you met, your shared hopes and aspirations. You can also choose to combine sands, which symbolizes the two of you and your families joining together as one. If there is anything additional to this that you would like to include in your ceremony please contact us to discuss.
If at this point you would like to meet a dedicated member of our ceremonies team to discuss all aspects of your marriage ceremony you can book a bespoke
Your ceremony will be delivered by a qualified, experienced and dedicated Registrar.
Returning your Ceremony Arrangement Form and making payment
You have been provided with a copy of a ceremony guide which outlines the choices you need to make in advance of your ceremony.
You will receive an email confirming its receipt with a copy of the information you have completed and an email confirming payment. Alternatively the guide contains a detachable paper form at the back which you can complete and return, you would then need to contact us separately to make payment by telephone.
It is important that before you start the process of completing the online form you have the following information to hand;
- The form cannot be completed more than 10 weeks in advance of your ceremony.
- The form cannot be saved part way through, therefore you will need to have made decisions about your choices and have accompanying information to hand to attach, for example own vows or readings can be attached as a file document. It would be helpful to have your guide with you when completing the form. A copy of the guide is available above.
- You will need your card details ready to make payment at the end of the process
If you have any problems completing your form please contact the Ceremonies Co-ordinator by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org providing your contact number and we will call you to provide guidance.
If your chosen venue has an approved outdoor structure and you would like your wedding ceremony to take place in there, the venue should provide you with a copy of an outdoor structure agreement form which must be completed and returned to us at least 8 weeks prior to your ceremony. If you require a copy please contact us immediately.
Please note that you should make additional plans with the venue to hold your ceremony in one of their approved ceremony rooms in case the weather is inclement on the day. The indoor ceremony room should be able to accomodate all of your invited guests.
Inclement weather is defined as rain (or the high likelihood of showers), wind, cold conditions (under 16 degrees), extremely hot and sunny and any other extreme conditions. Your guests need to be comfortable and be able to hear the ceremony, especially if you are under cover and they are not!
Your marriage in a religious building
If you are planning to be married in the Church of England you will need to speak to the person in charge at the church.
If you are planning to marry in any other church or religious building you will need to:
- Make arrangements with the Minister or person in charge at the building
- Live in the registration district where the church or religious building is situated, unless it is your usual place of worship (this applies to one or both of you)
- Give notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar of the District in which you live
Some churches (not the Church of England) need the attendance of a registrar at the marriage, whilst some have their own registrar (an authorised person). Please speak to the Minister or person in charge to establish whether you will reqire a registrar to attend.
If you do need a registrar to attend your marriage ceremony at a religious building, you should contact us to check our availability as far in advance as possible.
If either of you is from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and subject to immigration control, you or your partner will need a visa to come to the UK to:
- give notice
- get married or form a civil partnership
Getting married abroad
It is important that you consult with the local authorities in the country where you are planning to be married to find out what you need to do.
Some countries may require you to give notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar of the District in which you live please
contact us for further information.
Urgent marriage (death bed wedding)