A civil marriage is a secular (non-religious) ceremony that is conducted and registered by a registrar. No religious content is permitted in the ceremony, but secular readings, music and other personal touches can be added which will ensure that the ceremony is unique to the couple.
Changes to marriage legislation from 4 May 2021
Changes to marriage legislation and the way that marriages are registered will be introduced in England and Wales from 4 May 2021.
You will no longer sign a marriage register or be given a marriage certificate on the day of your ceremony, instead you will sign marriage document called a ‘Marriage Schedule’.
A marriage schedule is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married; the document will then be used to register the marriage on the electronic registration system.
The marriage schedule will be provided by the Register Office in the district of your marriage (the district where your ceremony will take place) the Registrars will bring this to your venue.
For marriages taking place in religious premises, please contact the religious officiant who will conduct your ceremony for guidance.
Marriage certificates will be produced after the details have been entered and registered onto the electronic system. Therefore, you will no longer receive a marriage certificate on the day of your wedding.
Certificates will be produced up to 5 working days after your ceremony and then posted to your home address shown on the marriage schedule.
Where can I get married?
You are able to get married in buildings that have been officially registered for marriages.
- the Copper Suite in the Clockwork Building
- the Register Office in the Clockwork Building
- Fulham Library
- approved venues in Hammersmith & Fulham
- places of religious worship in the district where one of you lives
- places of religious worship outside the district in which you live, but which one of you uses as your usual place of worship.
Booking a ceremony
It is often the case that weddings get planned up to two years in advance and so it is important that before you plan or book any suppliers that you check the availability of the registrars.
A ceremony can be provisionally booked and a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required. The deposit will be deducted from the final balance which is owed. In order for you to be married a notice of marriage will need to be given up to a year in advance.
The notice waiting period is either 28 days or 70 days and so it is important that notice is given as soon as possible after a provisional booking is made. This will ensure that your provisional booking becomes a confirmed.
If you are booking a ceremony more than a year in advance then please give your notice of marriage early on within the 12 months before your ceremony date.
If you choose an approved venue you will also need to make a booking at the venue.
Marriage certificates cost £11 each plus £2 postage. This is in addition to the ceremony fee. Marriage certificates will be produced after the schedule/document has been entered and registered onto the electronic system. Therefore, you will no longer receive a marriage certificate on the day of your wedding. Please note, certificates will be produced up to 5 working days after your ceremony and then posted to your home address shown on the marriage schedule.
|Venue||Capacity||Monday to Thursday||Friday||Saturday||Sunday and bank holidays|
|Copper Suite||Subject to change, following the latest public health guidelines. Please check with Register Office staff||£310||£360||£410||£460|
|Register Office||4 people
(Couple plus 2 witnesses maximum)
The register office is not available on Mondays
|External approved venues (day time)||Confirm with venue||£390||£505||£505||£620|
|External approved venues (after 6pm)||Confirm with venue||£675||£730||£785||£900|