Hartlepool Borough Council

Hartlepool Registration Service - Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership - Your ceremony

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Hartlepool Register Office's ceremony brochure is available online. The brochure explains the choices you have for your ceremony as well introducing you to the legal formalities.

Further information on ceremonies, including fees and frequently asked questions, can be found below. 

Where can we have our ceremony?

Religious building - your marriage can take place in a religious building which is registered for marriage. There can be some rules that restrict who can get married there so you should check with the person in charge of ceremonies at the venue.

Register Office - you can have a civil marriage ceremony or civil partnership ceremony in any register office in England or Wales

Approved Premises - you can have a civil marriage ceremony or civil partnership ceremony in any venue that has been approved by the local authority to be a ceremony venue

Where are the register office venues in Hartlepool ?

Register Office, Civic Centre

Middlegate Room, Borough Hall

Where are the approved premises in Hartlepool ?

Approved premises 

How much does it cost?

Marriage and Civil Partnership fees 

When do I pay for my ceremony?

Payment needs to be taken at the time you give notice (if giving notice at Hartlepool) or 2 months before the ceremony - whichever date is soonest. 

Can I set up a payment plan?

We do not currently offer a payment plan option

How far in advance can I book the registrar?

You are able to book a registrar up to two years in advance 

What should I book first, the venue or the registrar?

You should check venue availability first but not make any confirmed bookings until you have checked if a registrar is available. Further advice on what steps to take can be found here

What will my ceremony contain?

Ceremonies consist of a welcome and introduction, the legal requirements of the ceremony, the signing of the register or schedule and finally the taking of photographs.

In addition you can personalise your ceremony by adding

  • Non religious music
  • Non religious readings
  • Other personal touches

You will have a meeting with the registrar officiating your ceremony prior to the event who will be able to offer guidance and suggestions and discuss your requirements. 

What is the minimum age of a witness?

There is no legal age limit to be a witness but we prefer that they are over 16. If you would like someone under the age of 16 to sign the register they will be able to but we would still require two other witnesses.

What is the latest time that we can have our ceremony?

The latest time we currently offer is 5pm. 

Contact us

Telephone: 01429 266522

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