- How to book a notice appointment or ceremony
- Booking your ceremony
- Giving notice
- Witnesses and certificates
- Ceremonies at the Register Office
- Licensed venues
- Cancellations and amendments
- Getting a passport in your new name
- Conversion of civil partnership to marriage
- Information for EEA and non-EEA nationals
- Useful links
Ceremony restrictions update:
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies:
Following the completion of remedial works in our Lawns room, couples who have booked a Lawns ceremony with us can now bring up to 30 guests. This number does not include the couple themselves, but does include witnesses and children.
If they wish, the couple can also be kept apart from each other before the ceremony starts (although they cannot be kept apart from their guests) and one of the couple can now make an entrance at the start of the ceremony.
We have emailed all couples with Lawns ceremony bookings explaining these changes. If you have a Lawns ceremony booked with us and did not receive an email, or otherwise have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Please note that the changes above only relate to couples who have booked a Lawns ceremony. They do not apply to those who have chosen Thorpe (six guests including witnesses) or Register Office (two witnesses only) ceremonies.
Updated: 8 August 2023
If you are interested in holding your ceremony in Peterborough, we hope that the information below will be of help. If you live in Peterborough but are planning a ceremony elsewhere, you may still need to contact us about the legal formalities.
When planning your ceremony, there are two areas that you need to think about:
- Booking the venue and the registrars for the ceremony.
- Completing the legal formalities – this is known as ‘giving notice’ of your intention to marry or enter into a civil partnership.
How to book a notice appointment or ceremony
Book a notice appointment or ceremony with us:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01733 864646 (to arrange for a call back by the Marriages Team)
Please include a telephone number on which we can reach you between Monday and Friday, 9am to 4pm. Please also include your full names, address and where and when you are having your ceremony.
Please note that a booking fee is payable at the time you make a notice appointment. Please see the 'Notice booking fees' section below.
Booking your ceremony
When it comes to booking the ceremony, you must make sure that:
- The venue is licensed for marriages or civil partnerships
- It will be available to host the ceremony
- The registrars will be available to take the ceremony on the date and time you have chosen.
You will need to contact the venue to check their availability and to make a booking. A list of the premises licensed for legal ceremonies in the Peterborough district is given below. If the ceremony is to be held at Peterborough Register Office, you will need to contact us.
You will need to contact us to book the registrars if your ceremony is at a licensed venue in the Peterborough district. Be aware that in Peterborough we can only take provisional bookings up to one year in advance. If you plan to hold your ceremony in another district, you will need to contact the registrars in that district.
When you have booked the venue and the registrars, you will need to give notice of your intention to marry or to form a civil partnership. This is a legal requirement, and the marriage or civil partnership will only be able to go ahead if the notice is given correctly.
If you are a British national and plan to hold your ceremony in another country, you may still need to give notice. If this is your intention, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note: When you come to the office for your notice appointment, please wait in your car or in the car park until we call you. We will use the number you gave us when you booked the appointment.
More information on what you will need to do when you visit the office is set out in the document below. Please read this before your appointment.
'Giving notice' is the legal procedure that must be completed before a legal marriage or civil partnership can take place. This procedure applies to all legal ceremonies held at a Register Office or licensed venue. It also applies to religious ceremonies for most faiths other than the Church of England and, unless both parties are either British, Irish, or hold EU settled status, the Church of England too.
To give notice, you will need to make an appointment at the relevant Register Office and pay a fee (for appointments with us, the fee is subject to our terms and conditions). At the appointment you will need to bring in certain documents, as shown below, and you will be asked to confirm your details and your partner’s details.
If both of you are either British, Irish, hold EU settled status, or have right of abode or a Forces immigration exemption, you must each give notice in the district in which you live. If you live in different districts you will give your notices separately. There must be at least 28 days between the date you give notice and the date of your ceremony.
If either of you do not fall into one of the categories in the paragraph above, you must give notice together in a district that either of you lives in – if you live in different districts, you must still give notice together in one of those districts. There must be at least 28 days between the date you give notice and the date of your ceremony, and this may be extended to 70 days depending on your immigration status.
One way to check the district that you live in is to identify who you pay your council tax to. Please note that Peterborough and Cambridgeshire are different districts.
If one of you does not speak English well, please bring someone else to translate. A couple cannot translate for each other – if you do not understand the questions being asked the appointment will be stopped and you will need to pay for a new appointment.
If you are under 18 years old, please contact us before your appointment for advice. For members of visiting armed forces, or those with right of abode, the rules can be a little different - please contact us.
What documents you need to give notice
Please read the following information carefully. The rules regarding the documentation to be produced are very strict, and we will be unable to take your notice without all of the following:
|Type of evidence
|Name and identity
If you are a British citizen without a valid passport who wishes to use their UK birth certificate as proof of identity, if you were born after 1 January 1983 we will need to see your full birth certificate (the one that includes your parents' names) plus your mother’s UK birth certificate. If you cannot obtain your mother’s UK birth certificate, please get in touch with us to discuss alternative options.
If either one or both of you are non-EEA citizens without Indefinite Leave to Remain, you will both need to bring recent passport-sized photos of yourselves to the notice appointment. This is the case even if you have a marriage visa.
If you cannot provide evidence of your immigration status, or your exemption from immigration control, your details are likely to be forwarded to the Home Office, and the date of your ceremony could be delayed.
|Confirmation of address
|Confirmation of Marital
Status (if applicable)
If previously married or in a civil partnership:
If you changed your name on divorce or civil partnership dissolution, please check to see that the name on your divorce or dissolution documents matches the name on your current identity documents. If it does not, we would need to see an additional document linking these names. This would typically be a marriage or civil partnership certificate – however, please contact us to check. If the divorce or civil partnership dissolution was obtained outside the British Isles, a fee will be payable for the consideration of the documents (see below for fees). In many cases overseas documents will need to be sent to General Register Office for approval, which can take several weeks – until approval is given, your ceremony will not be able to take place. If your divorce document is not in English we must also see a translation of that document. The translation can be done by anyone other than the couple, and whoever does the translation must sign the document and certify that it is a true and accurate translation of the original. They must also state their full name and address.
|Confirmation of Change of
Name (if applicable)
If you are presenting documents showing different names, or would like us to record a former name, we would need to see a document linking your different names. This might be a change of name deed, or a marriage or civil partnership certificate. If your documents do not consistently show the same name, please discuss this with us in advance of your appointment to avoid any difficulties on the day.
All documents brought to the notice appointment should be originals or certified copies – we cannot accept photocopies. If any of your documents are not in English, please bring the original and a certified translation.
If you are unsure about what to bring to your appointment or have any questions at all, please contact us before the appointment. If you cannot meet the requirements at the appointment we may not be able to take your notice, which may mean making a new appointment, paying a new fee, and possibly delaying your ceremony.
The information above is intended as a general guide to the basic legal requirements. It is not exhaustive, and does not cover every situation. When you book your notice appointment, a registrar will discuss your own circumstances, the requirements that will apply to you, and the documents that you will need to provide.
Notice booking fees
If both of you are either British, Irish, hold EU settled status, have right of abode, a Forces immigration exemption, indefinite leave to remain or a marriage visa, the booking fee for a notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment is £35 per person. If either of you do not fall into one of these categories, you must both pay a notice fee of £47 per person.
If the either or both of you are divorced and the country of divorce was outside the British Isles (that is the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), there will be a fee payable for consideration of each divorce document, either £50 or £75 per divorce depending on where it took place.
Please be aware of the following terms and conditions:
- The booking fee is non-refundable, so please ensure you come to your appointment.
- If you cannot come to your appointment, or want to reschedule it, please contact us in advance. Please note that appointments can be rescheduled only once, and only provided that we are contacted in advance of your appointment.
- If you want to cancel your appointment altogether, please let us know. Your notice fee can be refunded provided that you request this in writing (including email) 7 days or more before the appointment date.
- The notice fee does not go towards the cost of your ceremony – it is a separate fee.
- If you arrive without the correct documents and are unable to complete the notice appointment a new appointment will have to be made and the booking fee paid again. All documents provided must be originals – photocopies or scanned copies of documents cannot be accepted. If a document is not in English then a certified translation must be provided.
Witnesses and certificates
For all ceremonies you must have two other people present to witness that you have said the legal vows and to sign the schedule. These witnesses must speak and understand English well and ideally should be aged 18 years old or over.
New legislation means that certificates will only be issued after the ceremony has taken place, the schedule has been received by the Register Office and the details entered onto the central electronic register. You will not be able to obtain a certificate on the day of your ceremony.
If your ceremony is a civil one you will pay the certificate fees to us when we collect your ceremony fee. If your ceremony is a religious one you can order certificates in advance of the ceremony at a cost of £11 each.
Ceremonies at the Register Office
We offer a choice of three ceremony rooms:
- The Register Office - Accommodating the couple and two witnesses only.
- The Thorpe Room - Offering a simple and less formal ceremony for up to six guests.
- The Lawns Room - An elegant ceremony room, which seats up to thirty guests, where you are able to include music in your ceremony and add your own readings, as long as neither are religious.
Free car parking is available although this can be limited on a weekday (Monday to Friday). Please ensure you and your guests allow plenty of time before the ceremony as alternative off-site parking may have to be found if all our allocated parking bays are full.
Following the ceremony photographs can be taken by the old stone archway in the gardens. The gardens have been fitted with lighting to enhance photographs on darker days or for ceremonies taking place later in the day on winter afternoons. You are of course welcome to bring a photographer or videographer to capture your ceremony. The building is easily accessible, with all rooms on the ground floor, double doors and facilities for the disabled and there is also a loop hearing system in the Lawns room for the hard of hearing.
Other than assistance dogs, we do not allow animals at ceremonies.
Fees for ceremonies held at the Register Office
|Friday and Saturday
|The Register Office Room
|The Thorpe Room (up until 31 March 2024)
The Thorpe Room (from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025)
|The Lawns Room (up until 31 March 2024)
|The Lawns Room (from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025)
The Register Office Room will only be available on Mondays and Fridays at 10.30am for the couple and two witnesses only.
Listed below are the venues that are currently licensed in the Peterborough registration district to carry out civil ceremonies for marriage, civil partnership, renewal of vows or baby naming.
|License expiry date
|1 May 2025
|The Bull Hotel and Conference Centre
|The Bull Hotel and Conference Centre,
|3 February 2026
|18 November 2025
|19 January 2027
|Holiday Inn Peterborough West
|6 January 2026
|Orton Hall Hotel
|Orton Hall Hotel,
|11 November 2025
|Delta Hotels by Marriott Peterborough
|Peterborough Marriott Hotel,
|22 April 2025
|Peterborough Town Hall
|The Town Hall,
|12 September 2024
|25 February 2025
|The White Hart,
|12 December 2026
Fees for ceremonies held at a licensed venue
|Monday to Friday
|1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024
|1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025
|An optional meeting to discuss final arrangements prior to a ceremony at a licensed venue
Ceremonies are not held on a bank holiday at any venue.
Apply to become a licensed venue
Peterborough Registration Service must approve all venues in the Peterborough district hosting marriages or civil partnerships. If you are interested in hosting ceremonies at your venue, you can apply online to become a licensed venue or you can contact us.
The process includes:
- an inspection of the premises by two members of council staff
- posting of a public notice to determine any objections
- ensuring the Council’s Planning department have no objections
- ensuring the local Fire Officer has no objections and, if approved
- issue of a licence that remains valid for a period of three years.
The fee for applications is £3,000.
An optional pre-inspection visit by council staff for discussion/clarification is available for a one-off fee of £130. A replacement licence or changes to an existing licence will cost £125.
All fees are non-refundable.
Cancellations and amendments
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 to Peterborough Register Office 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 ceremony, a £20 administration fee will be payable
- In the event that you need to change the time of your ceremony no administration fee will be charged
Getting a passport in your new name
If you are changing your surname and going abroad immediately after your ceremony, you can apply to the passport service up to three months in advance for a passport in your new name. The passport will be post-dated to the date of the ceremony and will not be valid for use until the ceremony has taken place.
To apply, you may download the PD2 form from the Gov.uk website or visit any passport office.
Part 1 of the PD2 form needs to be completed by the Superintendent Registrar who will be performing your ceremony. If you are marrying in the Peterborough registration district, you can either call us so we can take payment and complete the form over the phone with you or if you prefer you can make an appointment to come into the Register Office. The fee for the passport form to be signed by the Superintendent Registrar for Peterborough is £30. Please be aware that we operate a call back service and it can take a week for us to return your call so please allow enough time for your application to be made. After the call or the appointment you will need to complete Part 2 of the form and submit it with your passport application.
Conversion of civil partnership to marriage
Since December 2014, civil partnership couples now have the opportunity to convert their partnership into a marriage. You will both be required to attend at the Register Office and provide evidence of your identity, along with your civil partnership certificate. A declaration will be made and signed and a marriage certificate will be issued.
Alternatively, you may complete the conversion in two stages by providing the declaration as part of a ceremony at a later date.
For further advice on this process and information on the fees payable please contact the Register Office.
Information for EEA and non-EEA nationals
EEA nationals who have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EEA national (or family member of an EEA national) giving notice from 1 July 2021 onwards and have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to provide evidence of this at your notice appointment. This includes those with pre-settled status and pending applications made before 1 July 2021.
For settled and pre-settled status, this must be in the form of a code which can be generated online - we cannot accept anything else as evidence of your status. The code is valid for 30 days - please print or make a note of the code and bring it with you. Please do not email it to us in advance.
For pending applications made before 1 July 2021, you must provide your certificate of application. If you only have a digital copy of this, please print it and bring it to your appointment.
EEA nationals and family members who do not have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
EEA nationals and family members who do not have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme must provide alternative evidence of their immigration status. Please contact us to discuss this before your notice appointment. If you cannot provide acceptable evidence your details may be referred to the Home Office, a higher notice fee of £47 each may be charged, and the notice period may be extended from 28 days to 70 days.
If you do not have EU settled status you will need to give notice together at a Register Office in a district in which either of you live.
For all EEA nationals
From 1 July 2021 an EEA national ID card or biometric card will no longer be acceptable as evidence of your name, age and nationality at your notice appointment. You will need to provide a valid EEA passport.
From 1 July 2021, non-EEA nationals will no longer be able to give notice at any designated Register Office. Instead, unless you both hold either EU settled status, right of abode, or a forces exemption, you will need to give notice together at a Register Office in a district where either of you lives.
- Weddings information on the Visit Peterborough website
- The legal requirements for marriage and civil partnerships on the Gov.uk website
- Advice on changing your name after your ceremony on the UK Deed Poll website