When and where?
A marriage ceremony may be held here at the register office or
at one of several licensed venues which are approved for
ceremonies. Provisionally booking the date and time of your
ceremony with us up to a year in advance will give you greater
choice of dates and times. To make arrangements for a ceremony at a
licensed venue you will need to co-ordinate the date and time with
both your chosen venue and the register office so that two
registrars are available to take the ceremony and complete the
What do I need to do?
After you have provisionally booked your ceremony with us, there
are legal requirements to fulfil before the booking can be
confirmed. You are required to complete civil preliminaries by
giving a "notice of intention" to the register office in the
district in which you have lived for the past seven days. The legal
notices must be given at least 28 days (*),
before the date of your ceremony and can be given up to
one year beforehand.
(*) Important: A new process has
been introduced whereby all proposed marriage and civil
partnerships involving a non EEA national who does not provide
specified evidence of either settled or permanent resident status,
a marriage or civil partnership visa, or exemption from immigration
control will be referred to the Home Office and couples referred
under the scheme may have the notice period extended from
28 to 70 days where the Home Office has reasonable
grounds to suspect a sham marriage and decides to investigate.
What happens next?
It is vital that you make an appointment to give your
notice of intention as soon as possible by contacting
Register Office and you will need to:
- Both attend the appointment together (if you both live in this
district). If you are not an EEA national then you may
only be able to give your notice of partnership at a specially
designated register office and Peterborough is such an office.
Please contact us for further guidance.
- Provide evidence of your name, surname, date of birth and
nationality by producing to the superintendent registrar your
valid passport or valid national identity card issued by an EEA
state or Switzerland. If you were born in the UK and do
not have a passport then you may produce your full birth
certificate (showing parents’ details) in order to prove your
nationality. If you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983
and do not have a passport then you will need to provide your full
birth certificate as well as the full birth certificate or passport
of your mother. If your birth certificate does not show your
current name then please produce the original document you used to
change your name such as marriage certificate or deed poll. If you
are unable to produce a valid passport or valid EEA identity card
or UK birth certificate then please ring us at the Register
Office for further advice and guidance as they may be certain
other forms of evidence that we can accept.
- If you are not a British, EEA or Swiss national and hold a
specific immigration status you will need to provide evidence of
this such as a valid Biometric residence permit, valid UK
visa/entry clearance in passport, valid Home Office endorsement in
passport (indefinite leave to remain vignette, right of abode
certificate), valid UK residence permit or valid application
- Provide evidence of your place of residence for the seven
days immediately before the notice appointment. This should be a
utility bill dated within the last 3 months, a bank or building
society statement dated within a month, council tax bill or
mortgage statement dated no more than one year
ago, current residential tenancy agreement or a valid driving
licence. This evidence must show the current name you are
using and show your current place of residence.
- If either one of you is not an EEA national then you will
both need to give a passport sized photograph to
the superintendent registrar along with details of your usual
contact address. You will be advised of this when you book your
- Provide proof of divorce (original decree absolute or a
certificated copy only from the court) if preciously married or
dissolution order if previously in a civil partnership or proof of
death of previous spouse/civil partner (death certificate and
marriage/civil partnership certificate).
- Proof of name change, if applicable
- Confirm the venue. If the venue is changed after the notice has
been given a new notice must be given
- Pay a non-returnable notice fee of £35.00 each
(or £47.00 each if you are referred under the home
- If you have booked your ceremony date, then you will need
to pay the full fee that is applicable to
your ceremony (as advised by the Registrar at time of
booking). Please note our cancellation and amendment policy as
detailed below. We accept payment by cash or cheque/postal order or
credit/debit card (payment by credit/debit card is subject to a £1
- All documents should be in English or accompanied by a
- Please bring a translator to the appointment if either of you
does not understand English well. If you are unable to bring your
own translator, it may be possible for us to book one on your
behalf but there will be a fee payable for this service.
Please contact us for further details.
- If you are under 18 years old please contact us.
- If you wish to have a marriage ceremony abroad, please contact
the appropriate embassy or consulate for advice.
- If you are in any doubt as to which documents will be required
or need further information for your marriage, please contact
Peterborough Register Office.
- The ceremony cannot go ahead unless all the legal formalities
have been completed.
Ceremonies at a licensed venue:
If your ceremony is at a licensed venue then, after your
appointment, you will be given a ceremony pack containing
information about your day and details of the choice we can offer
you for your ceremony. We will ask you to make an appointment to
see us again one month before the ceremony so we can discuss the
choices and arrangements you have made for your special day.
Ceremonies are not held on a Bank Holiday.
Other than assistance dogs, we do not allow animals at
The fees for the two registrars to attend at a licensed
| For ceremonies held:
| Up to 31 March 2015
| 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Ceremonies at the Register Office:
We can offer you a choice of two ceremony rooms here at
Peterborough - "The Lawns" room or the Register Office room.
After your appointment, you will be given a ceremony
pack containing information about the day and details of the
choices we can offer you for your ceremony. We will also show you
the ceremony room that you have chosen. There is free car parking
available and an old stone archway in the gardens as a setting for
photographs following the ceremony. The building is easily
accessible for ceremonies with all rooms on the ground floor,
double doors and facilities for the disabled. Other
than assistance dogs, we do not allow animals into the
building or at ceremonies.
Due to the design of the building, we are
unable to avoid you being seen by your guests on the day, but it
may be possible to ensure that you are not seen by each other
depending on the ceremony room you have chosen. You are welcome to
bring a photographer and also have a video of your ceremony taken
if you wish (using a battery-operated video camera).
View video footage
of a wedding at Peterborough Register Office
"The Lawns" Ceremony Room
This is an elegant room which accommodates up to
30 guests and you are offered a range of choices
so that you can personalise and enhance your ceremony. The flower
arrangements are changed with the seasons and a loop hearing
system improves the ceremony for the hard of
We have a music system available if you wish to include music
within your ceremony. You can also add to your choice
of ceremony by making an entrance, the best man/woman bringing
forward the rings or a short reading. This should be discussed and
agreed beforehand with the Superintendent Registrar when we take
the notice and should not include anything of a religious
View "The Lawns" ceremony room using our virtual tour:
The Register Office ceremony room
This ceremony room accommodates up to six guests and offers
you a simple and less formal ceremony.
Register Office: The fee for a ceremony
in the Register Office room is £46.
| For ceremonies
Friday and Saturday
| Up to 31 March 2015
| 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Ceremonies are not held on a Bank Holiday or on
Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays.
Witnesses and Certificates
For all ceremonies, you must have two people with you to witness
that the vows have been repeated and to sign the register. These
witnesses must be aged over 18 years and speak and understand
English. A marriage certificate is issued at the time of the
ceremony and costs £4.00 if requested in advance or on the
day. Certificates applied for after the ceremony day will cost
£7.00 from a current register or £10.00 from a lodged
Passport Form PD2
If you are going abroad immediately after your ceremony and
are changing your surname, you can apply to the Identity and
Passport Service (IPS) for a new ten-year passport to be issued in
your new name up to three months in advance of your ceremony
date. The passport would be post-dated to the date of the
ceremony and will not be valid for use until the ceremony has
Form PD2 "Passports for newly weds and civil partners" is
available from any passport office or by downloading from
Part 1 of the form needs to be completed by the Superintendent
Registrar who will be performing the ceremony. Please
contact us to make an appointment to do this and a fee of £20
is payable. You will then need to complete Part 2 and submit
it with your passport application.
Cancellation and amendment policy
In the event that you need to cancel a ceremony for which you
have already paid, you will be required to provide your request in
writing and it will be subject to the following guidelines:
Six months or more notice of cancellation - full refund (less a
£20 administration fee)
Three to six months notice of cancellation - 50% refund (less a
£20 administration fee)
Less than three months notice of cancellation (or failure to
cancel) - no refund
In the event that you need to change the DATE of your
A £20 administration fee will be payable
In the event that you need to change the TIME (but not
the date) of your ceremony:
No administration fee will be payable.