Your Civil Ceremony

Making arrangements

You can make a provisional booking for your wedding up to 24 months in advance. Please call 0345 603 7632 to enquire about availability. You will be asked to pay a £50 deposit to secure your booking. This is non refundable and will be deducted from the total fee due for registrars to attend.

Please contact your venue to make a provisional booking with them before booking your ceremony with us.

Weddings at the Essex Register Office in Chelmsford are booked via the same number, 0345 603 7632.

To arrange a wedding at an 'approved premises', you must first contact the venue to make provisional arrangements and then you must contact the Registration Office of the district in which the premises are located to ensure the Registrars can attend your wedding on the date and time of your choice.

There is an additional fee for getting married at 'approved premises'. see Fees and Documents


You and your guests should aim to arrive a minimum of thirty minutes before the time of your marriage. This allows for you and your partner to be interviewed and for your guests to be seated. On arrival you will be greeted by the Registrar who will interview the bride and groom privately to confirm details


The amount of parking varies at each location, although most locations have nearby public parking as well.


You need to provide two people to act as witnesses for your wedding and sign the register afterwards. The witnesses can be friends or family who must be able to speak and understand English.