Bridgwood Wedding Photography

How To Book Your Registrars

by Olivia • January 11, 2023 • Wedding Planning Guides

Once you have your wedding date on provisional hold with us, it is the perfect time to book those all-important registrars for your ceremony to be legal.

Chelsea Shoesmith, Lee Brown, Charlotte Palazzo

How to Book

We recommend our couples book their civil ceremony time slot, whilst your provisional date is on hold with us. The sooner you book them, the better, they only have limited availability and prime dates get booked up quickly.

You will need to book your ceremony with Staffordshire Registrars.

Adam Lowndes, SMH, Cris Lowis, Kyle Hassall

If you want to look at the availability for your special day before ringing up to book, please click here to see their ‘registrar’s availability’. You will need to select our venue, your month and your wedding year, after this you can then select your wedding date.

When you are ready to book, give them a call on 0300 111 8001.

We recommend a 2.00pm ceremony time for your day to flow perfectly, the earliest ceremony time we allow is 1.30pm.

When you book the registrar it will ask for your chosen ceremony room, you will have to put an option down but please don’t worry you are not committed to this choice. The options are The Pagoda, The Oak Barn, and the Wedding Barn (the Wedding Barn is for ceremonies Under the Night Sky or Under the Pleats).

Cris Lowis (top left), Pixies In The Cellar (bottom left and right)

If you are struggling to get your preferred time slot, please send us an email or a phone call, we can often help to arrange an extra team of registrars to be put in place to accommodate your preferred ceremony time slot, please note this is at the registrar’s discretion.

Giving Notice

You will need to give notice of marriage in plenty of time. Notice can be given from 12 months before your wedding but leave it no later than 28 days prior.

To give notice you will request an appointment at your local register office. This must be done at the office within the district where you have lived for a minimum of the past 7 days.

At the meeting, you will legally state your intention to marry. You will be asked to talk through personal details about yourself and your partner, but don’t worry it is to ensure you are both happy to marry each other.

It is always worth double-checking with the registrars what documentation you will need to bring along to the meeting.

Giving notice is extremely important because you will sign a document that is then displayed publicly for 28 days in the Register Office. Without this step happening, you may not be able to get legally married on your wedding day.

Bridgwood Wedding Photography (top left, bottom right), James Capper (top right)

On Your Special Day

Don’t worry, we and the registrars understand the formal proceedings of a ceremony are alien to most people. Therefore, the registrars will speak to you both separately around half an hour before, to talk you through how it will work.

To make sure your ceremony plays out exactly how you picture it, they will re-confirm any reading choices and how your ceremony will flow from start to finish.

During the ceremony, you will repeat a couple of words to one sentence straight the after the registrars. Don’t worry you won’t have to remember lots of sentences in one go, and before you know it, you’ll be officially MARRIED!

Pixies In The Cellar, Reportage Photography