Guide to booking your marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships: We are currently dealing with a high volume of ceremony enquiries. We aim to respond to ceremony amendment requests within six working days and new ceremony bookings within ten working days. Please see our marriage and civil partnerships guidance for further details.

Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership: If you have a marriage or civil partnership booked to take place in the next three months and you are a Surrey resident, you can book your notice appointment at Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge Register Offices.

Birth registrations: Appointments are now available to book at Guildford, Leatherhead and Weybridge Register Offices. We are looking forward to seeing you but we have a large backlog of births to register, so please bear with us as we try to offer as many appointments as is safely possible. Guildford is now fully booked until 21 October. Leatherhead and Weybridge offices are now fully booked until 5 October. If you are registering a multiple birth, please complete the birth enquiry form and we will assist you in making an appointment.

New parents can register their baby with a GP practice without a birth certificate.

Claims for Child Benefit and Universal Credit can be made before you register the birth. Visit the Child Benefit and Universal Credit pages for details on how to make a claim.

Certificates: We are currently running a limited service and are only able to process copy certificate applications that are essential, such as for legal proceedings, job recruitment etc. We can issue a maximum of five certificates per person. Please do not apply for certificates for the purposes of family history research at this time. If you require certificates for other purposes, please contact the General Register Office who should be able to supply certificates for you.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

If you are having a ceremony at a church or other religious building, you should first contact the minister or other person in charge at the church or building to find out how to book your ceremony.


In accordance with the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act as from 31 December 2019 opposite sex couples can have a civil partnership and we are now taking bookings for civil partnerships for opposite sex couples.


Choosing if you would like a marriage or civil partnership (Gov.UK) will be your first consideration.

A marriage ceremony means that you will need to say certain vows when you solemnize your marriage.

A civil partnership ceremony means that you do not have to say any vows to each other. Some couples prefer this route if they wish to keep the legalities more administrative and straightforward. Civil partnerships are now for opposite sex couples as well as same sex couples.


Step by step guide to booking your ceremony

Please read our terms and conditions before booking your ceremony.

1. Choose your venue

Select from a variety of venues in Surrey, such as a register office or stately home.

2. Book a registrar

For your ceremony at a register office or licensed venue you must secure a registrar for the date. You can do this up to two years before.

3. Marriage and civil partnership fees

Find out about how much you will need to pay for a registrar, certificates and your notice of marriage or civil partnership.

4. 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 up to a year in advance of your ceremony or at least 28 days prior to your ceremony date.

5. Personalise your ceremony

Let us know your choice of vows, music or readings no later than six weeks 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).