What type of Venue?
You are able to choose to have your civil ceremony at any
Register Office in England or Wales or any Approved Premises in any
district in England and Wales. Regardless of where you live. Or you
may choose to be married in a Church or Religious Building to which
you are affiliated.
The Register Office
Bedford Borough Council has it's own Approved Venue, the Old
Town Hall which is listed on our list of Licensed venues for ceremonies and holds
up to 60 people (including all guests, two registrars, two
parties to be married and any photographers). The
cost includes the cost of both registrars, and the venue for
the duration of your marriage ceremony and multiple weddings may be
held each day.
A statutory fee wedding can be arranged for the two
parties to be married and two witnesses only. These ceremonies are
conducted in Bedford Register Office, an active office
normally used for our birth, death, notice of marriage or civil
partnership appointments. These are held on selected Monday
mornings. Please contact us if you
would like to arrange this.
An Approved Premises
Civil weddings or partnership ceremonies can take place in
specially licensed hotels, restaurants, banqueting suites, stately
homes and other historic buildings.
Please see our list of Licensed venues
When you have chosen the venue where you want to hold your
ceremony you must check its availability, then confirm with the
Superintendent Registrar that Registration Officers will be
available on that day and at that time to perform the
ceremony. Please note that it is essential that you agree the
date and time with the Superintendent Registrar and the venue
before making any other arrangements.
A fee is also charged for the Registration Officer's
attendance. Couples having a ceremony at a venue must give
Notice of their intention to marry or enter into a civil
partnership in the district, or districts where they
A Church or Religious Building
If you and your partner decide to be married in a church
belonging to the Church of England then you should contact the
vicar of that church who can advise you of the process.
If you are having your wedding/civil partnership in a religious
building, except for a church belonging to the Church of
England, you must still give Notice as if you were getting
married or forming a civil partnership in a Registration
Office in the district where you live. Our Registrars will be
glad to give you help and advice on this matter. A Registrar
from the district covering the building must be present at the
ceremony unless the governing body of the religious building has
chosen to appoint its own Authorised Person instead of the
Registrar. The venue should be able to advise, if in doubt you can
call us on 01234 718 028.