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 marry" 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 sixteen days, before the
date of your ceremony and can be given up to one year
From 02 March 2015 this notice period will
change to a minimum of 28 days. If you are subject
to immigration control the notice period could be
extended to 70 days. It is therefore vital that
you make an appointment to give your notice of intention as soon as
possible or your ceremony date cannot be guaranteed.
What happens next?
You will need to make an appointment by contacting Peterborough Register
- Both attend the appointment together (if you both live in this
- Provide TWO identity documents for each person. One of these
documents must be a current passport in
order to prove your nationality, plus a birth certificate, current
driving licence or medical card. 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 certificates of your
parents. Please ring us here at the Register Office for
further advice and guidance if in any doubt.
- Provide proof of address (such as a bank statement or utility
bill) to confirm that you have been resident in our district
for the seven days immediately before the notice appointment.
This should be dated within the last three monhs.
- Provide proof of divorce (original decree absolute or a
certificated copy only from the court) or proof of death of
previous spouse (death certificate and marriage certificate) if
- Proof of name change, if applicable
- Pay a non-returnable notice fee of £35.00
- 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
- Confirm the venue. If the venue is changed after the
notice has been given a new notice must be given
- 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 as you cannot translate for each
other. 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 charged to you for this service. Please contact us
for further details.
- If you are under 18 years old please contact us.
- If you are not from an E.U. country you may only be able to
give your notice of marriage at a specially designated
register office and Peterborough is such an office. Please contact
us for further guidance.
- 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.