There are two types of marriage ceremonies:
- civil marriages - take place at a number of venues licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies
- religious marriages - take place in any religious building that's registered for marriage.
Before booking your date, make sure you have enough time to give notice of your intention to marry if required. It takes a minimum of 28 days to give notice - if you're subject to immigration control, you need to allow up to 70 days.
If you want to get married abroad, read the guidance on getting married abroad (Gov.UK).
If you're already married and want to get remarried, you should contact the Register Office.
Opposite sex civil partnerships
We are now taking bookings for civil partnerships for opposite sex couples.
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019. It extends eligibility for forming a civil partnership to opposite sex couples.
The earliest date for giving a notice of the intended formation of a civil partnership will be 2 December 2019 (Notice is given for a period of 28 days after which the formation can take place. In certain cases, depending on immigration status, this may be extended to 70 days). The first opposite sex civil partnerships can take place from 31 December 2019.
You do not need to have a ceremony for a civil partnership, you can choose to sign the schedule in front of two qualified witnesses by booking a statutory ceremony appointment (subject to availability).
If you wish to have a full ceremony, you will need to book a venue and registrars ahead of booking an appointment to give your legal notice of intention.
If you wish to have a civil partnership ceremony in The Edwardian Room or any of the approved venues in the Royal Borough of Greenwich visit our Register office charges page.
Arrange a civil ceremony
You can arrange a civil wedding at the Royal Borough of Greenwich register office or at an approved venue of your choice. You need to give notice of your intention to marry for all civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.
A register office ceremony at the Royal Borough of Greenwich costs £46. This excludes the marriage certificate which costs £11 per copy.
You can get married in either the register office or in the Edwardian room - both are in the town hall in Woolwich.
For ceremonies in the Edwardian room or register office, your booking includes booking of the registrars. If you choose to use a licensed venue, you need to coordinate the registrars separately.
Arrange a Church of England wedding
If you want to get married in a Church of England or Church of Wales church, contact the vicar of the church in which you want to have your service.
If you're subject to immigration control and you want to marry in a Church of England or a Church of Wales church you'll need to give notice of your intention to marry.
Arrange a religious wedding (non-Church of England)
If you want a religious wedding in a place of worship that isn't at a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you'll need to give notice of your intention to marry.
You should contact your chosen place of worship direct to book your wedding.
You may need the superintendent registrar to attend your wedding - the superintendent registrar or your place of worship will tell you this.
Our register office will send you confirmation of your booking.