Booking your marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Arranging your marriage or civil partnership ceremony, giving notice of your attention to marry/form civil partnership, and information on costs.

Coronavirus information

Following the Governments announcement on 22nd February 2021, we can advise that marriages/civil partnerships in Doncaster are able to resume from 29th March when the legal steps required prior to a ceremony have been completed.

 

  • From 19th July, although the Government have announced no restrictions on attendee numbers and personal responsibility to be taken with regards to social distancing and face coverings. we kindly ask that guests continue to wear face coverings. This is based on feedback from our customers and colleagues and is aimed to keep everyone as safe as possible as positive case continue to rise.
  • This means that at Priory Place we will only be allowing a maximum  of 30 attendees including the couple and children of any age. We will be asking guests to wear face coverings unless they are exempt as is the request of all visitors to DMBC public sites. Face coverings do not need to be worn by the couple, or any escorts as they come down the aisle.
  • Approved venues will need to  follow their own risk assessment which may mean guests numbers are restricted and may also request that face coverings be worn.
  • The continued availability of staff to perform marriages is our ultimate aim, so keeping everyone safe is key.
  • Standard Civic Office ceremonies remain at the couple and 2 witnesses only.

 

Further Government information regarding marriage during the pandemic can be found at Covid-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships  

 

Legislative Change 4th May 2021

From 4th May 2021, following a significant change in legislation the traditional marriage register will be abolished.

All couples marrying at any venue in England and Wales from the date of commencement of this new legislation will be required to sign the Marriage Schedule. The General Register Office for England and Wales have prepared the following information for couples;

Marriage Schedule Guidance Leaflet
Download (211KB - DOC)

Decide on the type of ceremony you would like and the venue

Premium Register Office Service (Priory Place) postcode DN1 1AA

  • Preliminaries are conducted with the couple separately, so the couple do not see each other before the ceremony
  • Use of the enhanced ceremony room which has a central aisle for either one of the couple, or both to enter down together with the person giving them away
  • Couple to select their own music for during the ceremony
  • Premium ceremonies are being held at Priory Place, Doncaster, DN1 1AA. The entrance for ceremonies will be through door 3 which is opposite the old Doncaster Post Office. For more information, please contact us
  • Please be aware that animals are not allowed at Priory Place (service animals excluded)
  • Only Bio-degradable confetti is allowed in the Great Kitchen courtyard

Standard Register Office Service (Civic Office, Waterdale) postcode DN1 3BU

  • Preliminaries are conducted with the couple together and they enter the ceremony together
  • Standard ceremonies are held at the Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU on Wednesdays only for the couple and 2 witnesses.
  • We offer an upgrade to a standard 'plus' ceremony on a Tuesday afternoon in Priory Suite for up to 30 guests (15 during the pandemic, includes couple).

Approved premises in Doncaster

Ceremony in another district

  • If you live in Doncaster but are having your ceremony held in another district by their Registrar (either being held in the Register Office or at an Approved Premise), you will still need to give your notice of intending to marry/form civil partnership in Doncaster.
  • You will need to book the Registrars to perform and register your marriage at the Register Office in the district where your marriage is taking place.

Religious ceremony

  • A religious ceremony can take place at a Church or Chapel of the Church of England or Church in Wales, or at any other place of worship that has been formally registered for marriages by the Registrar General.
  • It is the decision of the religious order governing a church as to whether they participate in same sex marriages. Please consult the minister of the religious building for advice.
  • If you wish to be married in any of the Church of England churches in Doncaster, you should first speak to the Vicar. If they are is able to marry you, they will arrange for the marriage announcement (banns) or a common licence to be issued. The marriage will be registered by the Vicar.
  • If you wish to marry in any of the other places of religious worship in Doncaster, you should first arrange to see the person who deals with marriages at the place of worship.
  • If the place of worship requires a Registrar to attend to register the marriage, please contact us to ensure a Registrar is available. The fee for this is £90 and includes one marriage certificate and is payable 6 weeks prior to the ceremony date.

Getting married abroad

  • If you are having your ceremony abroad, different countries have different requirements on the legal documentation that you will need to produce. Please speak to your wedding planner to understand what is needed and then if required, contact us to arrange an appointment.

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 Arranging your marriage or civil partnership with Doncaster Register Office 

Secure a date

  • You can secure a date as soon as you have decided on a venue, this can be several years in advance, early booking is advisable.
  • Please contact us to ensure our ceremony rooms and a Registrar are available on your preferred date for marriage/civil partnership.
  • A non-refundable payment of £25.00 is required to provisionally book your chosen date with the Register Office

Notice of Intention to Marry/form Civil Partnership – the legal process

  • Notice of your intention to marry/form a civil partnership must be given in person to your local Superintendent Registrar by both parties no later than 29 days before the ceremony is due to take place.
  • You must have both lived in the Doncaster registration district for seven clear days immediately before giving notice.
  • Please contact us to book this appointment, these appointments are held weekdays only and are very limited.
  • The fee for Giving Notice (£35 each) is payable when you book your appointment.
  • If you live outside the Doncaster district, please contact the Superintendent Registrar that is local to your place of residence.
  • Notice can be given no earlier than 12 months prior to your ceremony date and no less than 29 full days before it and we need to know the venue that you are having your ceremony at.
  • The authority for Marriage/Civil Partnership is valid for one year and is valid only for the venue that you advised at your appointment.
  • If you are under the age of eighteen you will need the consent of your parents or guardian to marry/form a civil partnership and this consent must be brought to an appointment.

Notice of Intention to Marry/form Civil Partnership – the specified evidence required

  • Proof of nationality for both parties
  • A current valid full passport is preferred.
    • If you do not hold a current valid full passport, and in consultation with the Superintendent Registrar, your EEA national identity card or your full UK birth certificate may be acceptable.
    • Please note, if you were born after 1st January 1983 you will need your full birth certificate (showing parents’ names) and also your mother’s birth certificate to prove your nationality or you can provide your father’s birth certificate with a copy of your parents’ marriage certificate.
  • Proof of being legally free to marry for both parties (if applicable)
  • If previously married, the original Decree Absolute issued by the court (not a photocopy) or if widowed, your former partner’s death certificate (if you are not named on the certificate we will also need to see a copy of your marriage certificate).
    • If your divorce took place overseas, this will need to be translated into English.
    • A fee of either £50 or £75 will apply for the consideration of a foreign divorce.
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Any Change of Name documentation.
  • Proof of residency in Doncaster for both parties. This should be any of the following:-
    • A valid UK driving license for each party or,
    • a bank statement for each party (dated within 1 month) or,
    • a utility bill for each party or one in joint names (dated within 3 months) or,
    • a Council Tax bill in joint names (dated within 1 year)
    • If you do not have any of these documents, please contact us before your appointment to discuss what other documents will be acceptable.
Please be aware that should you attend your Notice of Marriage/CP appointment and not have the correct documents, or not give 1 working days notice to reschedule your appointment, you will be charged a £20 administration fee.

If you or your partner are from outside the UK or Ireland

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know                                                                                Before 30th June 2021 - if either you or the person you are intending to marry/form a civil partnership with are a citizen of a country outside the UK, up to 30th June 2021 you can only give your notice of intention to marry at a Register Office designated by the Home Office. The nearest designated office to Doncaster is:

Sheffield Register Office
Town Hall
Pinstone Street
Sheffield
S1 2HH
Telephone: 0114 203 9423

You may still have your marriage or civil partnership in Doncaster but Sheffield Register Office will issue your Notice of Intention to Marry. Your ceremony date may be determined by the availability of Sheffield Register Office to conduct your appointment.   After 1st July 2021, your appointment will take place at the Register Office where one of both of you are residents. However, this change is still being formulated by the General Register Office and we are not taking any bookings for these appointments at this stage or able to advise on the evidence that you will be required to provide. The soonest we expect to be in a position to advise and book appointments is from 8th July with no appointments able to be held before then, so marriages will be no sooner than August.                                              Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know

We have a statutory duty to report any marriage we suspect has been arranged for the sole purpose of evading legal immigration controls.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Differences between marriages and civil partnerships

We are unable to advise on which would be better for you and you do need to have decided before your appointment with us.

The differences between marriages and civil partnerships for same sex and opposite sex couples are outlined on the government website

Costs

Costs are subject to review every April - no increase in 2021

 

Provisional Booking

£25

Giving Notice 

£35 each

Register Office ceremonies: 

Price includes one marriage certificate

 

Standard Ceremony at the Civic Office (2 guests) **only available on Wednesday**

 

 

Standard Plus Ceremonies at Priory Suite (up to 30 guests - see notes above regarding attendee numbers during pandemic)

**only available on Tuesday afternoon**

£57

 

 

£110

 

Premium Ceremonies at Priory Place - prices depend on the room chosen and ceremony day

 

Great Kitchen - Thurs (40 guests -  - see notes above regarding attendee numbers during pandemic)

 

Great Kitchen - Friday and Saturday (40 guests -  - see notes above regarding attendee numbers during pandemic)

 

Priory Suite - Thurs (50 guests -  - see notes above regarding attendee numbers during pandemic)

 

Priory Suite - Friday and Saturday (50 guests -  - see notes above regarding attendee numbers during pandemic)

 

 

 

 

 £190

 

£270 (£360 Saturday pm) 

 

£165 

 

£215 (£310 Saturday pm)

 

Registrars attendance at an approved premise: 

Price includes one marriage certificate

Monday to Thursday

£300.00

Friday

£345.00

Saturday

£480.00 

Sunday and Bank Holidays

£605.00 
Registrars attendance at religious venue:  Price include one marriage certificate
Monday to Saturday £97.00

 Please note: Fees for Register Office ceremonies are required to be paid at least 1 full calendar month prior to the ceremony, ideally at the time of giving notice

More information

For further information, please contact us: 

  • email: registrars@doncaster.gov.uk
  • tel: 01302 735222
  • address: Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration, The Register Office, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

 

Last updated: 15 September 2021 10:45:32