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Getting married

There are lots of things to think about when planning your wedding. To help, we have outlined everything you need to do on this page.


Our register offices will be reopening for pre-arranged appointments only from Monday 6 July.

You can give your notice of marriage/civil partnership for weddings taking place up to 30 September 2020.

To make an appointment, contact us on 03000 266 000. Please do not visit our register offices without making an appointment first.

We are busy rearranging those weddings and civil partnerships that have been postponed during lockdown. From 1 August we'll be accepting new bookings for 2020 for our register offices and licensed venues in line with current government guidance.

All naming ceremonies and non-statutory celebrations continue to be suspended until further notice. Email any queries you have to

You can still order certificates online or over the phone - see our Birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates page.

See our changes to services information or follow us on FacebookTwitter for further updates to our services.

You can get married in the UK if you are:

  • 16 or over
  • free to marry (single, divorced or widowed)
  • not closely related

You need permission from your parents or guardians if you are under 18.

What you need to do

Give notice of your intention to marry

You can give notice at either Aykley Heads House register office or Bishop Auckland register office.

After you have both given your notices of intention to marry you will be given a ceremony pack. The pack gives you information about making your wedding personal, with readings, music and personal promises. 

You must plan to have your wedding at least 28 days after you give notice.

Plan and book your wedding

There are two options for your wedding in County Durham: 

  • a civil ceremony: this can take place in a register office or a licensed venue such as a hotel and is a non-religious ceremony performed by one of our registrars  
  • a church wedding: this is a religious ceremony performed in a church

Registrar booking fee

You will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee of £40. Changes to bookings will result in another £40 booking fee becoming payable.

This fee needs to be paid to the superintendent registrar at least six weeks before your wedding is due to take place.


Contact us
Registration Service
03000 266 000
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