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Step 1: apply for a location to be approved for marriage

You can only get married in a location that has been approved for marriage.

A location can be approved:

  • for single ceremony
  • as a location for regular marriages
  • as a place of religious worship

The location needs to be open to the public one hour before and throughout the ceremony.

You need to submit your application for your location to be approved at least three months before the date of your ceremony. 

It can take up to 2 months to get a location approved.

Type of approvals

Single ceremony approval

A single ceremony approval will be for your own wedding, such as a private house or garden. 

The cost for a single ceremony approval is £125.

Three year approval

A three year approval is for marriages that are happening on a regular basis for example in hotels.

The cost for a three year approval is £400.

Conditions of approval

For a location to be approved for marriage it needs to:

  • be dignified in presentation, decoration and character
  • have no food or drink (whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at, served or consumed in the location where the ceremony is to take place
  • have clear boundaries which must match with the application, authorisation document and plan
  • be accessible to any member of the public to attend the ceremony

Marriages: application for an approved location

Renew a three year approval

You must complete the online application form as if it were a new application, including a payment of £400.

The location will be inspected prior to approval being given and a new authorisation of approved location document will be produced if approval is given.

Marriages: application for an approved location

Marriages: application for an approved location

Add a new location to an existing approval

Holders of valid three year approvals can apply to have one or several locations added to their existing approval at no extra cost until 30 June 2019. After this date the cost will increase to £100.

Marriages: additional areas for an existing location

Marriages: additional areas for an existing approved location

Step 2: assessment

Once we have received your application, we will send it to the constable of the relevant Parish.

The constable may visit the location and consult with anyone who they think necessary.

Step 3: if your location gets approved

If the location is approved we will inform you and anyone who has been consulted or commented on the application.

We will post an authorisation for approved location document to you.

The authorisation document will include the details of:

  • the name of the holder of the approval
  • the name and number of the responsible person
  • all areas approved for marriage
  • any special conditions
  • the type of approval and duration

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