You're getting married!
Help and advice for you planning your special day
Congratulations on your engagement and forthcoming wedding. This page gathers together some of the information you may need to organise your Wedding Day. Planning an occasion as big as this can be stressful - we hope this helps to ease the burden!
If you wish to marry in England or Wales, you may do so either by civil or religious ceremony.
A civil ceremony can take place in a Register Office or other building licensed for marriage ceremonies. The ceremony is conducted by a Registration Officer; it must be of a strictly none religious nature.
A religious ceremony can take place in a church, chapel or other building of religious worship which has been formally registered for marriage ceremonies. The service is conducted by the minister in accordance with the religious rites and ceremonies of the premises.
The marriage room for Tameside Register Office is located at the Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The Register office ceremony is a simple but elegant ceremony.
Both parties will be interviewed together before the ceremony in order to check all the information to be entered into the marriage register is correct.
The room holds 35 guests and if you would like to view the room before deciding on the venue for your marriage, please contact the Register Office.
Alternately, you may marry at any other Register Office in England or Wales. Contact Tameside Register Office who will be happy to supply addresses/telephone numbers of other offices.
You can book an appointment online to arrange your marriage at Tameside Register Office or you can contact the Superintendent Registrar using the details at the bottom of the page.
If you are not a British subject you will need to contact the Register Office.
Housebound or detained persons may, under certain circumstances, request a home visit to give notice of their intent to marry. The parameters for this service are set by law, and the nature of the procedure is of such a sensitive nature, it should only be arranged by direct contact with Registrars staff.
Click the thumbnails below to see the bigger pictures of Dukinfield Town Hall, and the Register Office.
Since 1 April 1995, the Marriage Act 1994 has allowed suitable privately owned premises to be licensed for marriage ceremonies, offering a vast choice of type, location and cost. You may marry at any approved premises in England or Wales.
View the current list of Approved Premises in Tameside.
For premises outside Tameside contact the Superintendent Registrar at the Register Office covering the district of the building(s).
To book a marriage at an Approved Premises, contact the proprietor of the building. You will also need to book a Registrar to conduct the ceremony. Fees for the attendance of the Superintendent Registrar and Registrar of Marriages are detailed on the Guidance to Applicants for Approval of Premises as Venues for Civil Marriages. The fee is currently £300, subject to review. Upon booking a fee of £100 non refundable deposit is payable. (0.09MB)
Church of England or Church in Wales
If you wish to be married in either of the above you or your partner would generally have to live within the parish of the church, or be a regular worshipper. If the minister is able to marry you, he/she will arrange for the Banns to be called or for a Common Licence to be issued. The marriage will also be registered by the minister, and there is generally no need to involve the local Superintendent Registrar. If the Register Office needs to be contacted, the vicar will advise you.
You can search for Religious Buildings in Tameside using the Local Groups and Organisations Database.
Other Places of Religious Worship
The church or religious building in question must normally be located within the registration district where you or your partner live, or, if outside the district, be a place of regular worship for either or both of you. The service will be conducted by the Minister of the venue, but occasionally a Registrar is required to register the marriage.
To book a marriage at any of the above venues, contact the Minister of the Church, and the local Superintendent Registrar, where necessary.
The above information is a general guide only. For marriages outside England or Wales, or marriages of people with special needs or requirements, contact the Superintendent Registrar for advice.
Tameside Council has a number of Town Halls and Community Buildings available for hire.
Planning the Big Day!
When you are planning your big day there are quite a few things you need to arrange. Download a copy of our Wedding Day Checklist (0.02MB) to help you along with arranging everything you may need to think of for your big day!
To help you along your way we have complied a page of Useful Website Links.
The Legal Formalities
Unless you are marrying in the Church of England of Church in Wales by Banns or Common License, notice of marriage has to be given by each of you personally to your local Superintendent Registrar(s).
Both of you must have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven days immediately before giving notice at the register office. If you both live in the same district, you will each give notice at the same office. If you live in different registration districts, you will each give notice separately in your own area.
A notice of marriage is valid for twelve months. You may therefore not give notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar more than twelve months before the date of your wedding.
A notice of marriage is valid only for the venue named on the notice. Whereas it may be possible to alter the date of your marriage (provided it is before the expiry date), a change of location would require a fresh notice and fee.
After giving notice you must wait 28 days before the marriage can take place.
Both authorities must have been issued on or before the day of the marriage.
Please see the guidance document https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/getting-married-in-england-and-wales as a useful introduction to the basics of giving notice, and of places where marriage can take place. A section of the leaflet addresses the subject of religious ceremonies taking place in buildings not registered for marriages under the Marriage Act 1949.
The marriage will be authorised by Superintendent Registrars Certificate. We can supply copy marriage certificates for marriages that occurred in Tameside.
Documents Required by Law
When you attend to make formal arrangements, you will need to produce certain documents to confirm your name, age, marital status and nationality.
- A current valid full passport or if unavailable
- A full birth certificate (containing parents details). If you were born after 1 January 1983 a copy of your mothers full birth certificate is also required. Also a form of photographic identification, e.g. photo driving licence.
- You must also supply a document to show your address in Tameside. One of the following is acceptable: Utility bill dated within 3 months, bank statement dated within 1 month, your most recent Council Tax bill or a valid UK driving licence.
- If you have been widowed, the death certificate of your spouse.
- If you are divorced, a decree absolute bearing the courts original stamp. (If you were divorced outside the U.K., contact the Register Office for advice.
- Any documents relating to a change of name.
- A completed parental consent form is you are under 18.
You will each be charged a fee of £35.00 when you give notice, payable by cash, card or cheque.
- A marriage at the Register Office will be £50.00 payable at the time of booking. This fee is non refundable. (0.09MB)
- A marriage at approved premises will incur a fee to the proprietors of the premises, and a fee for the attendance of the Registration Officers.
- A marriage at a Place of Religious Worship will incur a fee to the Minister of the Building (variable); in addition, if a Registrar is required to register the marriage, a fee of £84.00 is payable on the day.
- A marriage at a Church of England or Church in Wales does not generally involve the Register Office; enquiries regarding fees must be directed to the Minister of the church.
All fees are subject to annual review.
Approved premise marriages/civil partnerships
The current fee is £300 for the Registrar to attend an Approved Premise. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required at the time of booking. (0.09MB)
Changing Your Name and/or Address
If you are a resident of Tameside you can use the on-line name or address change form to notify us of a change of name and/or address. In some circumstances you may wish to consider changing your name by Deed Poll. For more information please visit UK Deed Poll or Deed Poll Office . We will circulate the details around the council to ensure you only need tell us once. Download the Name Change Checklist (0.02MB) to see who else needs to be informed.
Another thing to remember:
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 us - Tameside residents can do so at the end of the change of name/address form.
Searching the Marriage Indexes
You can search through the marriage Indexes online by visiting www.cheshirebmd.org.uk
If you find an entry you are interested in, it is possible to order a marriage certificate, which is a copy of the full entry from the original register.
For more information regarding ceremonies and fees please contact:
Tameside Register Office, Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield SK16 4LA
0161 342 5032 Send Tameside Registrars a Message