Renewal of vows

Who is a renewal of vows ceremony for?

Renewal of vows ceremonies are often associated with couples celebrating a special anniversary such as a Silver or Ruby wedding anniversary but they are also ideal for couples who have married overseas and want a ceremony to make a formal start to their local celebrations.

Equally the ceremony is appropriate for couples whose relationship has been under strain and who wish to celebrate their renewed commitment to each other.


What does the ceremony include?

Every ceremony is unique as it is personalised according to the couple’s requirements. It could include the making vows of commitment, re-exchanging rings and the involvement of family and friends

The requirements of your ceremony will be discussed with the registrar prior to the ceremony date. A souvenir certificate is presented at the end of the ceremony

The ceremony has no legal standing and is non-religious


Hartlepool venues

Middlegate Room

Licensed Venue

It may be possible to have your ceremony in another venue; this is subject to an inspection by Hartlepool Borough Council and at the discretion of the Senior Registrar. Inspections are subject to an inspection fee of £50.



Fees are subject to annual review; the below charges are applicable from 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024

Ceremony fee calculator


   Monday - Thursday
(office hours)
(office hours)
 Saturday  Sunday  Bank Holidays*
Middlegate Room, Borough Hall  £200  £250  £300  N/A  N/A
Other venue  £320  £370  £430  £430  £545


*Bank holiday fee is applicable for Easter Sunday, also applies to Christmas Day and Boxing Day if they fall on a weekend

Room hire for the ceremony is included in the Middlegate Room fee. It is not included for other venues, please contact the venue directly for information on their hire charges


When do I pay for my ceremony?

A £50 non refundable deposit is required at the time of booking; this charge is then deducted from the cost of your ceremony. The outstanding balance is required two months before the ceremony.


How far in advance can I book the registrar?

The Middlegate Room can be booked up to 1 year in advance, other venues can be booked up to two years in advance. 


Should I book the venue or the registrar first?

You should check venue availability first but not make any confirmed bookings until you have checked if a registrar is available.

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