Marriages and civil partnerships

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Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Ceremonies are permitted in buildings that are licensed for marriage and in register offices. Both opposite sex and same sex couples can marry in a civil premise or in a religious building which has been licensed for this purpose. You may also convert a civil partnership to a marriage.

Civil Partnerships are for same sex couples who wish to enter into a legal partnership with each other. It is possible to have just a 'formation', without a ceremony, or the formation can be included in one of the ceremonies we are able to offer you.

After you have provisionally booked your ceremony with us, there are legal preliminaries to complete first before the booking can be confirmed.

You may provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony up to a year in advance which will give you a greater choice of dates and times. For ceremonies at a licensed venue you will need to co-ordinate the date and time with your venue and the register office to ensure that the registrars are available for your ceremony.

Important: You must complete the legal preliminaries by ‘giving notice of intention’ to your local register office before your ceremony can take place. Notices must be given at least 28 days before your ceremony. If either you or your partner are 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 the notice period may be extended from 28 to 70 days where the Home Office has reasonable grounds to suspect a sham marriage and decides to investigate this.

Giving your notice of intention

When you make an appointment with Peterborough register office to give notice for your marriage or civil partnership, from 1 December 2015 you will be required to pay a non-refundable booking fee which is subject to the terms and conditions listed at the end of this section. This booking fee will then be used to cover the cost of giving notice when you attend your appointment. You will also be required to:

        • both attend the appointment together (if you both live in this district). If you live outside Peterborough, you will need to give your notice at the register office in the district(s) where you live. If you are not an EEA national then you may still give notice at Peterborough as we are a specially designated register office
        • provide a current passport or valid national identity card issued by an EEA state or Switzerland
        • if you do not have a passport and were born in the UK you can produce your full birth certificate (showing parents’ details) to prove nationality. If you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 you will also need to provide your parents’ full birth certificates to prove your British nationality. If in doubt then please ask
        • 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 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 registration card
        • if previously married or in a civil partnership, provide proof of divorce (original decree absolute or a certificated copy only from the court) or proof of death of previous spouse/civil partner (death certificate and marriage/partnership certificate). If the name on this document is not the same as your current name, please provide documentation linking these names, for example, your marriage certificate or civil partnership schedule
        • provide proof of address to confirm that you have been resident in our district for the seven days immediately before the notice appointment. It must show your current name and current place of residence. The following are accepted as evidence:
          • a utility bill dated within 3 months of giving notice
          • a bank or building society statement dated within 1 month of giving notice
          • a council tax bill or mortgage statement dated within 12 months of giving notice
          • a current residential tenancy agreement
          • a valid driving licence
        • if either one of you is not an EEA national then you will both need to provide a passport style and sized photograph with details of your usual contact address. For information on the requirements of the photo, visit the UK government website on passport photos
        • confirm the venue where the ceremony is to be held. Please note that if the venue is changed after the notice has been given a new notice must be given and paid for
        • pay a non-returnable notice fee of £35.00 each (or £47.00 each if both or either of you are referred under the Home Office scheme). The booking fee you paid when you made your appointment will be used towards the cost of your notice.
        • if you have booked your ceremony date, pay the full fee as advised by the registrar at time of booking. We accept payment by cash or cheque/postal order or credit/debit card (payment by credit/debit card is subject to a £1 admin fee). See below for information on cancellation and amendment
        • all documents should be in English or accompanied by a translation
        • bring a translator to the appointment if either of you do not understand English well – please note that you cannot translate for each other. It may be possible for us to book a translator for you but you will be charged for this service
        • if you are in any doubt as to which documents will be required or if you are unable to produce a valid passport or valid EEA identity card or UK birth certificate  then please contact Peterborough register office
        • if you are under 18 years of age please contact us for advice.

    Your ceremony cannot go ahead unless all the legal formalities have been completed.

    Booking fee terms and conditions - please read carefully

    • The booking fee is non-refundable so please ensure you can attend on the date booked.
    • When you attend your appointment the booking fee is used towards the cost of your notice.
    • If you do not attend for your appointment the booking fee will not be returned to you.
    • Appointments can be rescheduled once only and then only providing we are contacted in advance of your appointment.
    • If you need to cancel your appointment completely then 7 days notice must be given in writing or via email or the booking fee will not be returned to you.
    • If you arrive without the correct documents or we are unable to complete the notice appointment then 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 translation must be provided.

    Ceremonies at the register office

    We offer a choice of two ceremony rooms:

    • The Lawns - 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
    • The register office - which offers a simple and less formal ceremony for up to six guests.

    From 1 April 2017 the register office room will accommodate the couple and two witnesses only. We will then have an additional room available, the Thorpe Room, which will be able to hold the couple and up to six guests.

      Free car parking is available and an old stone archway in the gardens as a setting for photographs following your ceremony. The building is easily accessible for ceremonies with all rooms on the ground floor, double doors and facilities for the disabled. You are welcome to bring a photographer or videographer to capture your ceremony. There is also a loop hearing system, for the hard of hearing.

      Other than assistance dogs, we do not allow animals at ceremonies.


      Ceremonies held at the register office:

      Monday Friday and Saturday
      The Register Office Room £46 £46
      From 1 April 2017 the Register Office Room will only be available on Mondays and Fridays at 10.30am for the couple and two witnesses only

      The Thorpe Room 
      (available from 1 April 2017)
      £96 £146
      The Lawns Room
      (up to 31 March 2017)
      £220 £320
      The Lawns Room
      (from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018) 
      £230 £340

      Ceremonies held at a licensed venue:

      Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday
      Up to 31 March 2017 £475 £525 £575
      1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 £500 £550 £600

      An optional meeting to discuss final arrangements
      prior to a ceremony at a licensed venue


      Ceremonies are not held on a bank holiday. 


      For all ceremonies you will be required to have two witnesses present to witness that the vows have been repeated and to sign the partnership schedule. These witnesses must be aged over 18 years and speak and understand English.


      You can order certificates in advance of the ceremony at £4 each. After the ceremony you will be able to order more certificates if you wish.

      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.

      Licensed venues

      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 naming.

      Bedford Hall,
      Tank Yard,
      Station Road,
      PE6 0QE
      0845 3311466
      The Cresset,
      Bretton Centre,
      PE3 8DX
      01733 842520
      Key Theatre,
      Embankment Road,
      01733 207237
      Park Inn Peterborough,
      Telephone House,
      Wentworth Street,
      PE1 1DH
      01733 353750
      The Town Hall,
      Bridge Street,
      PE1 1HG
      01733 747474
      The Bull Hotel and Conference Centre,
      PE1 1RB
      01733 561364
      The Great Northern Railway Hotel
      Station Approach,
      PE1 1QL 
      01733 552595
      Peterborough Marriott Hotel,
      Lynch Wood,
      PE2 6GB
      01733 371111
      The Sue Ryder Care Centre,
      Thorpe Hall
      PE3 6LW
      01733 225900
      The White Hart,
      Main Street,
      PE9 3BH
      01780 740250
      Burghley House,
      PE9 3JY
      01780 761992
      Holiday Inn,
      Peterborough West,
      Thorpe Wood,
      PE3 6SG
      01733 289988
      Orton Hall Hotel,
      The Village,
      Orton Longueville,
      PE2 7DN
      01733 391111
      Dragonfly Hotel,
      Thorpe Meadows,
      Off Longthorpe Parkway,
      PE3 6GA
      01733 564240

      Apply to become a licensed venue

      To hold a civil ceremony or marriage at premises in the Peterborough registration district, it must be approved by us as the local authority. You must be the proprietor or a trustee of the premises to apply for permission to hold civil ceremonies or weddings. 

      You can apply online to become a licensed venue or you can contact customer services or email

      The fee for completed applications along with all completed enclosure that are received before 31 March 2017 will be £2,600, which 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.

      An optional pre-inspection visit by council staff for discussion/clarification is available for a one-off fee of £110.

      Note: all fees are non-refundable.

      Peterborough Ceremonies Guide

      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 website or visit any passport office.

      Please note: Part 1 of the PD2 form needs to be completed by the Superintendent Registrar who will be performing your ceremony. Please make an appointment with the register office for this to be completed and a fee of £20 is payable. You will then need to complete Part 2 and submit it with your passport application.

      Cancellation 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.

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