Book a civil ceremony

If you are getting married or forming a civil partnership in Lincolnshire, we can help you with the legal requirements and planning your day.

You will need to:

  1. choose a venue
  2. book a registrar for your ceremony
  3. give notice at least 29 days before the ceremony
  4. plan your ceremony

There are various options for personalising your ceremony but requests must be agreed in advance by the registration team . 

Civil ceremonies cannot include any religious content.

You can choose from a number of locations across Lincolnshire for your ceremony:

If you wish to have a civil partnership ceremony you must inform the registrars when you book, and at your legal notice appointment.

We recommend couples read the step-by-step guide to marriages and civil partnerships guide for further information.

Ceremony types and fees

Enhanced ceremonies

Held in our registration offices, or other approved venues across Lincolnshire.

You may include your own choice of music, readings and vows.

Fees

At a registration office:

  • £290 - Monday to Thursday
  • £305 - Friday and Saturday
  • £330 - Sunday and Bank Holidays

At a licensed venue:

  • £420 - Monday to Thursday
  • £460 - Friday and Saturday
  • £510 - Sunday and Bank Holidays

There is also an £11 charge for each marriage or civil partnership certificate you request.

The fee does not include the cost of giving your notice of marriage or civil partnership, or any charges made by a licensed venue.

Standard ceremonies

Held in registration offices only and contains only the necessary legal requirements without any personalisation.

Your ceremony must start and finish within normal office hours from Monday to Thursday, plus Friday and Saturday mornings.

Your registration officer will choose music for the couple’s entrance and exit, plus during the signing of the schedule.

Fees

The fee for our standard ceremonies is £100 + £11 per marriage or civil partnership certificate you request.

The fee does not include the cost of giving your notice of marriage or civil partnership, or any charges made by a licensed venue.

Statutory ceremonies

Held in one of our registration offices this is a brief, basic ceremony.

There is limited weekday availability and no availability at weekends.

It must start and finish within normal office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings (date will depend on office chosen).

This ceremony cannot be personalised in any way. 

Only 2 guests are permitted who will need to act as witnesses (must be 16+ and understand English).

Fees

The fee for our statutory ceremonies is £46 + £11 per marriage or civil partnership certificate you request.

The fee does not include the cost of giving your notice of marriage or civil partnership.

How to book

If you book your ceremony at a registration office the attendance of the registrars will be booked for you, and is included in the overall cost.

If you choose to book your ceremony at an approved venue you will need to pay for the registrars' attendance, which is separate from the venue hire fee. 

In order to book your ceremony you must contact us to book a provisional date and time.

  • Approved venues - you can book more than a year in advance.
  • Registration office - you can book up to a year in advance. You must book at least 29 days before your ceremony.

Some religious venues will provide their own registrars, you must check this with them.

If you require a registrar to attend at a religious building you must contact us to book them (statutory fee of £86).

Make a booking request

Due to limited capacity, we will only:

  • accept new bookings for ceremonies that take place after 1 February 2022
  • rearrange existing bookings for ceremonies to take place after 1 February 2022

Start your booking

When confirmed, we will provide a date by which you must give your notice of marriage or civil partnership.