A step by step guide to planning and booking your perfect wedding, whether it is a marriage or civil partnership.
1. Choose a marriage or civil partnership
Choosing if you would like a marriage or civil partnership will be your first consideration.
A marriage ceremony means that you will need to say certain vows when you solemnize your marriage. You can have a marriage ceremony at a church or religious building, licensed venue or register office.
If you choose to have a marriage ceremony at:
- a church or other religious building, you should first contact the minister or other person in charge.
- a licensed venue or register office, please go to step two and then the other steps below.
A civil partnership does not need to include a ceremony and is for both opposite sex couples and same sex couples. A civil partnership is formed when the couple signs a civil partnership document, in front of the registrar and two witnesses. If you choose to have a civil partnership with a ceremony you can have it at either a licensed venue or a register office.
If you choose a civil partnership and you wish to:
- keep your civil partnership legalities more administrative and straightforward, please see our web page: Civil partnership without a ceremony, for further information and how to book.
- incorporate a ceremony with your civil partnership, please go to step two and then the other steps below.
For all other ceremonies, please see our webpage: Other types of ceremonies.
2. Choose your perfect wedding venue
You are spoilt for choice when choosing to have a ceremony in Surrey. Choose from one of our three register offices: Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge, or over a hundred licensed venues such as: heritage properties, grand country houses, exclusive hotels, racecourses and barns, to name but a few.
3. Choose your bespoke wedding ceremony package
Once you have chosen your venue, there's something to suit every couple and budget in our carefully chosen bespoke wedding ceremony packages.
4. Book your wedding ceremony
Once you have decided on your venue and bespoke wedding package, you will need to book your wedding ceremony. You can do this up to two years in advance.
Your ceremony booking includes the registrars to attend your ceremony, your bespoke ceremony package and if your ceremony is taking place in a register office, that too.
5. Book your notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment
Find out about the legal requirement for your ceremony and make an appointment to complete the legal paperwork. You can do so up to a year in advance of your ceremony, but this must be done at least 29 days prior to your ceremony or 71 days (if you are subject to immigration control).
6. Personalise your wedding ceremony
Now's the time to get personal. This is your day and we want it to be as special and memorable as possible. Let us know your choice of vows, music and reading before your ceremony and things to be aware of on the day of your ceremony (e.g. when to arrive, filming, witnesses and use of confetti).
Please only submit your checklist two to four weeks prior to your ceremony date.
7. On your day
Here's a rundown of what you can expect on the day of your ceremony, for example when to arrive and preparations you may need to make.