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Book a civil ceremony

Book a civil ceremony

Wedding venues

Read our wedding venues in Wokingham Borough brochure (PDF document)

Read our Suggested readings for your ceremony (PDF document) for inspiration.

Decide where to get married before giving notice

You must decide where you are going to have your ceremony before you can give notice.

  • If you decide on a Register Office ceremony, you must contact the Register Office
  • If you decide on a venue approved by a local authority (e.g. hotels, restaurants) you must firstly book the date with the venue and secondly book your registrars with the Register Office for that district
  • If you want to get married abroad check the Gov.uk website about what you will need to do
   

Venues

In the Wokingham Borough area, you can choose to hold your civil ceremony at either the Register Office or at one of our approved venues.

Current applications

Our Ceremony Room – chairs dressed by our customers
Our Ceremony Room – chairs dressed by our customers

Wokingham Ceremony Room

We have a ceremony room which is available for booking 7 days a week. The room can accommodate the couple and a maximum of 26 guests.

Photos and video recording

Before the ceremony the Superintendent Registrar will discuss arrangements with the photographer/ video operator.

We are happy for a professional photographer or 1 designated guest to take pictures during the ceremony as long as it's not disruptive. Using a flash is discouraged. Any group photography is done at the end of the ceremony. Once the photographer is finished the rest of the guests can take photos.

Video recording of the ceremony will be permitted as long as it's not disruptive. 

Chandelier in our Ceremony Room
Chandelier in our Ceremony Room

Music and flowers

You can provide your own flowers which can be delivered on the day or use the silk flower pedestals provided.

For music, you can use your own CD player / iPod or use our CD player which takes an iPod 4. The music player must be operated by a guest. If you use our player bring in your CDs before the ceremony so we can check they will play on our equipment.

Love heart tie-backs in our Ceremony Room
Love heart tie-backs in our Ceremony Room

Fees for ceremonies in our Ceremony Room

(All fees include the price of one certificate.)

  • Monday to Thursday - £176 (4.30pm to 8pm - £305)
  • Friday - £299 (4.30pm to 8pm - £321)
  • Saturday and Sunday - £340
  • Bank Holiday - £475
   

How to book

To book our ceremony room call us on  0118 974 6000 (Option 3, Option 3.)

What happens after booking

You'll receive:

  • A letter confirming details of your booking
  • Information about your legal requirement to give notice
  • A wedding pack including a detail form that allows you to personalise your ceremony.

Readings booklet

Read our Suggested readings for your ceremony (PDF document) for inspiration

On the day

  • Before the ceremony starts the Registrar or Civil Partnership Officer will need to check that the details given during the 'legal notice' appointment are updated
  • If you prefer, each person can be interviewed separately to avoid seeing each other before the ceremony
  • If you choose to be interviewed together, arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start
  • If you choose to be interviewed separately, partner 1 arrives 20 minutes before, and partner 2 arrives 10 minutes before  
  • No documentation is required at this stage
  • Food or alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the Ceremony Room 
  • No guests will be allowed to take a drink with them into the wedding room
  • The signing of the schedule is done in the Ceremony Room - both partners sign with their usual pre-ceremony signature, not with any new surname

How to book a wedding

Fees for our Registrar Service at approved venues

(All fees include the price of one certificate.)

  • Monday to Thursday - £466 (6pm to 8pm - £549)
  • Friday and Saturday - £535 (6pm to 8pm - £619)
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays - £607 (6pm to 8pm - £778)

What happens after booking

You'll receive:

  • A letter confirming details of your booking
  • Information about your legal requirement to give notice
  • A wedding pack including a detail form that allows you to personalise your ceremony. 

Readings booklet

Read our Suggested readings for your ceremony (PDF document) for inspiration

On the day

  • Before the ceremony starts the Registrar or Civil Partnership Officer will need to check that the details given during the 'legal notice' appointment are updated
  • If you prefer, each person can be interviewed separately to avoid seeing each other before the ceremony
  • If you choose to be interviewed together, arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start
  • If you choose to be interviewed separately, partner 1 arrives 20 minutes before, and partner 2 arrives 10 minutes before

Pre-ceremony appointment

If you want to discuss your ceremony, you can book a 30 minute appointment with us 2 to 3 weeks before hand.

Appointments are during normal working hours and cost £30.

Call us on 0118 974 6000 (option 3, option 3) to make an appointment.

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