As you know at Rock My Wedding we love ALL weddings, be that a registry office wedding or an at-home celebration (your day your way). We wanted to dedicate this post to the registry office. So let's take a look back at some of our most inspiring civil ceremonies and give you a brief rundown of the legalities for holding your own. Plus, how to make best use of those amazing buildings for fabulous photo opportunities.
Your first step is deciding where you'd like to get married. You aren't restricted by location when it comes to having a registry office wedding so you could choose your local one or one in a place that means a lot to you. You can search for registry officeshere.
Once you have decided where you would like to have your registry office wedding you should 'give notice'. You give notice by signing a legal statement at your local registry office (even if you choose to marry at a registry office in another location) to say you intend to get married or form a civil partnership. This should be done at least 28 days before you wish the marriage to take place and it is valid for 12 months. There is a fee of £22 per person to give notice - and you each have to give notice. To solemnise (make official) your civil ceremony you will pay a fee for your registrar. This fee starts from £36 if you are both from within the EU.
Please check outthis postfrom the government that outlines all possible fees. Bear in mind that if you are having an alternative person to the registrar carry out your ceremony; a humanist celebrant for example, then you will have differing costs to pay. Please check out thislinkfor costs that apply for different times of the day. To make your marriage legal you must have a registrar/official celebrant present at your civil ceremony and you must have a least two witnesses.
值得注意的是,你不能有任何religious aspects in your registry office wedding. For example, you cannot play any songs with religious connotations or have any religious readings. And that's pretty much it when it comes to the legal stuff. Let's get to the fun stuff; starting with your vows. You can write these yourself or a registrar will help you. If you do fancy writing them yourself, check outthis postfor some really useful tips. Civil ceremonies can also include readings, songs and/or music. If you need any help choosingnon-religious readingswe have an article full of inspiring words.
• You must be at least 16 (with parental permission until you are 18)
•你需要通知的婚姻至少28 days before the wedding takes place and there is a fee associated to this.
• There must be 5 people in attendance for it to be legal; you, your partner, your registrar and two witnesses.
• You cannot have any readings, music, or songs with religious connotations as part of your ceremony.
• You can decorate your registry office and think about ways in which you can repurpose that decor at your next venue
• Don't forget to celebrate with that all important confetti shot after you've said 'I Do'!
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