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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.


Following the latest national guidance on Coronavirus, we have suspended all ceremonies including weddings, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies and non-statutory celebrations.

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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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