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Due to the amount of previously postponed weddings which are now taking place we are extremely busy at the moment. It may take longer than usual for us to respond to you but please bear with us.

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.

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There is no longer a legal limit on the number of attendees at civil partnerships or weddings.

However, to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver our service safely, the number of people who can attend a wedding and civil partnership at our register offices continues to be restricted and our staff will continue to maintain social distancing until further notice. We are also encouraging guests to continue to wear face coverings unless exempt.

You can contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk for any queries you may have. However, our phone lines continue to be very busy so please bear with us. 

Further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships can be found at Gov.uk: guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

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