Civil Weddings

Civil Weddings are becoming more popular in the UK constituting three-quarters of British marriages. If you plan a civil wedding right, they are simple and easy and can be quite cost effective.

Where Will It Be?

As with all type of weddings, the first thing to decide on is the venue. However, only a Registrar of the district can perform a civil marriage. Consequently, that is where the wedding will take place. It can occur either in their office or in a registered venue. In recent years, more venues have gained approval for such ceremonies but if you want a specific venue such as your home, you can apply for, and obtain a temporary permit approving your residence for the function.

The Paperwork

There is a lot of paperwork to sift through with a civil marriage but it is for the most part very straightforward and with the help of a good Registrar even more so. Marriage notices, solemnisation, and the use of the council office and the registrar at the venue all must be organised and the fees associated with each paid. These fees can vary depending on the time and the day you choose to get married.

Marriage notification is an important and lengthy part of the process. The couple fills out marriage forms attaching the required documents and declarations to the Registrar in the district where the wedding will occur, which will then be placed on display in public at the office. The notification must be given within 12 months before the planned wedding date and no later than eight weeks before.

The Ceremony

Once all the formalities are completed then the actual ceremony can take place. Barring any religious items, all the familiar wedding accessories may be included. This is where all the other months of planning the wedding come into play. The couple themselves can decide upon the venue, the flowers, and the bachelorette party. The vows can be written and other readings, music and poetry to be added to the ceremony should be mentioned to the Registrar in the final planning stages of the ceremony. Once it begins, the ceremony can be performed in about 15 minutes, but please make sure to be on time as a Registrar may have more than just your wedding to officiate. Once the ceremony is over, the Registrar registers the marriage and it is now complete.