How to Marry in Cheshire East
Cheshire East features idyllic rural landscapes and picturesque
historic towns and, with over 60 Approved Premises (venues)
and our ceremony rooms in Crewe and Macclesfield, you are
sure to find a setting that is perfect for you.
Visit our dedicated ceremony website Your Ceremony Your
Choice for information on how to plan your ceremony.
Whether you are planning a small, intimate ceremony or a grand
occasion, our professional and dedicated Registrars can help create
a ceremony of the highest standard that will leave you with
memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Where can I get married?
The marriage venue that you choose will depend
on what type of ceremony you wish to have. There are three types of
ceremony venues offered within England and Wales:
- A civil ceremony in Approved Premises.
- A civil ceremony in a Register Office.
- A religious ceremony in a church or other religious
Details of venues licensed for civil marriage are available on
our website Your
Ceremony Your Choice
A Civil Ceremony in an Approved Premise
There is a variety of over 60 Approved Premises within Cheshire
East which are licensed to hold civil marriages including: hotels,
stately homes, restaurants and even a castle. These are listed on
our website Your Ceremony
Although the legal marriage notices are only valid for twelve
months, you can book Registrars up to three years in advance,
by telephoning the Register Office for the registration area in
which the Approved Premise is located. An administration fee is
payable, which is deducted from the fee charged for the Registrars
to attend on the day of the marriage.
Marriages at Approved Premises are performed seven days per week
between 10.00am and 6.00pm.
Ceremonies are available on all Bank Holidays.
A Civil Ceremony in a Register Office
Cheshire East has two attractive statutory ceremony rooms, one in each of our Register
Offices situated in Crewe and Macclesfield. There are also
two larger ceremony rooms at the
Municipal Buildings and Macclesfield Town Hall that can
be booked for ceremonies.
You can make a booking to have a Register Office ceremony up to
one year in advance.
As soon as you have decided on a ceremony date, we suggest
you contact our Ceremonies Team, to check availability and make a
We will hold your provisional booking for a short time to enable
you to give legal notice of marriage which, once completed, will
confirm your booking.
We charge a fee for the attendance of two Registrars and
the use of the ceremony room.
A religious ceremony may take place at a church or chapel of the
Church of England or Church of Wales, or in any other place of
worship formally registered for marriages by the Registrar
Church of England or Wales
If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church of
Wales, please speak to the Vicar of that Church first. If the Vicar
can marry you, he or she will make arrangements for the Banns to be
called or for a common licence to be issued. If Banns are not
called, you will both have to give notice of marriage in the area
in which you live. Please see ‘Booking Your Marriage’ for further
A marriage within the Church of England or Wales does
not generally involve the Register Office. For enquiries regarding
fees, please contact the Vicar or Incumbent of the
Other churches or religious buildings
If you are planning a wedding in any other church or religious
building, first seek permission from the Minister or governing body
before you make other arrangements. You will need to give a notice
of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar for the area in which
you reside. Usually there is a person appointed at the church or
building who can register your marriage. If not, a Registrar from
the area in which the venue is located will have to attend. If a
registrar is required to attend and register the marriage,
before making any firm commitments, please contact
the Registration Service to ensure that they can provide this
service. For ceremonies within Cheshire East Registration
authority, please telephone 01270 375140.
What should I do if I marry overseas?
If you are thinking about getting married
abroad, please contact the appropriate embassy or consulate so that
they can advise you of the formalities and documentation required
by that country. For more information and advice, you can
contact the ‘General Register Office’.
How can I book my marriage?
The first step in booking your marriage is to decide where you
would like the marriage to take place and make a provisional
booking. If you choose one of our Approved Premises, please check
that Registrars are available by contacting our Ceremonies Team on
01270 37.5140 . They will advise you about giving your notice of
Notice of marriage
The next step is to arrange to complete the legal notices of
marriage in the registration authority where you reside. For
details about residential qualifications, please contact the
If you live in Cheshire East, and have already booked your ceremony
date and the registrar's attendance, you can telephone 0300 123
5019 to make an notice appointment. at one of our offices
If you live outside Cheshire East, please contact your local
Register Office. If you live in different local authority areas,
notices will have to be given in each area.
Both parties have to give notice in person.
- When you call to make your appointment to give notice, ask your
Registrar which documents you will need to produce, such as:
- Evidence of identity, age and nationality, ideally a
- Change of name documents.
- Proof of residence in the form of a utility bill or other
official document which shows your home address.
- If appropriate, evidence of how any previous marriage ended,
such as a divorce decree absolute or a death certificate.
- If you are under 18 years, parental consent will be
- If either of you is subject to immigration control you
will need to provide further documents.
- Please have the correct fee with you when you give notice.
- Marriage cannot take place until after 15 clear days have
elapsed from the day of giving notice. During the 15 day waiting
period, the notices will be displayed in your local Registration
- Once the 15 day waiting period has elapsed, the marriage can
only take place at the venue specified on the notices. The notices
are valid for 12 months. If you change the venue, or the notices
expire, fresh notices will have to be given.
Are there any restrictions for non-UK citizens?
There are special procedures when either
partner is a non-EEA (European Economic Area) national who is
subject to immigration control. If this applies to you,
please contact your local Register Office for further advice.
Can I personalise my ceremony?
Our Ceremonies Team will confirm your booking. You
will receive our marriage ceremony profile which outlines ideas and
suggestions for your ceremony.
If you wish to personalise your ceremony with your own readings
and music or if you would like to discuss any aspect of your
ceremony, please do not hesitate to contact your Ceremonies Officer
who will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Please note, legally we are not allowed to
include wording, readings or music which may have religious
connotations within our civil marriage ceremonies.
Where can I obtain further information?
Once you have given notice of marriage, remember to visit our
website Your Ceremony
Your Choice, which contains information to help you plan your
day, including advice for the ceremony and suggested readings.
The Cheshire East Registrars team have created a brochure,
Your Ceremony Your Choice -
Marriages in Cheshire East (PDF, 5MB), to help you plan your
What costs are involved?
All the fees for marriage are shown on our fees page.
Fees for marriages conducted at non-conformist or Roman Catholic
churches, please contact the appropriate Minister or Priest.
Important Note: If you have been living on your
own and claiming Single Person Discount on Council Tax, and are now
going to be living with your spouse, then please ensure you notify
the relevant authority.