Arranging your wedding

Firstly you need to decide what kind of marriage ceremony you would like to have. In England and Wales you can choose to have either a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony.  There are many different places you can choose to get married. 

You can get married in the UK if you’re:

  • 16 or over (parental consent is required if you’re under 18)
  • legally free to marry
  • not closely related to the person you intend to marry

How to book your ceremony

To arrange your wedding you'll need to:

  • Decide on the type of ceremony you want - civil or religious
  • Choose and book your venue
  • Book a registrar if required
  • Give notice at your local register office (unless you are marrying in the Church of England)
  • Pay for your ceremony
  • Have your ceremony at least 29 days after giving notice

You can use the online form below to book a registrar to attend your wedding at an approved venue, or to book the Town Hall.

You'll need to read the information below about choosing a venue and arranging a wedding before you make your booking.

Please note that this booking is only the first step to getting married, and doesn't guarantee that your ceremony will take place. Your ceremony can only take place once you've both given notice of marriage in the district where you live, at least 29 days before your ceremony date.

You'll have 30 minutes to fill in and submit the online form to book your appointment. If you don't complete your booking within this time you'll lose your chosen appointment slot.

Religious ceremony in the Church of England

You should contact your local church and once the vicar has agreed to marry you they will deal with all the legal formalities involved and arrange for banns to be called, or for a common licence to be issued. You don’t usually need to give notice with the register office if you’re getting married in an Anglican church, the official performing the ceremony will register your marriage.

Religious ceremony in other churches or religious buildings

Places of worship and religious buildings which are not churches or chapels of the Church of England need to be licensed to enable marriages to take place there. You can find a list of all licensed places on the GRO website

If you’re intending to hold your ceremony in a religious building or church of another denomination, it must normally be situated in the district where you or your partner live, unless either of you normally worship in that building. In this case it is advisable to provide a letter of evidence from the minister of the church, that it is your usual place of worship, when you give notice of marriage.

Some religious buildings require a registrar to be present at the ceremony and others have their own authorised person. If you need a registrar to attend, you‘ll need to contact us to book this and pay a non-refundable booking fee plus the cost of the registrar. You can book a registrar up to 3 years in advance of your ceremony.

You’ll also need to give notice of marriage in the district where you live.

Civil ceremony at the Town Hall

We have 2 rooms available for weddings at the Town Hall, which are both fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

The Register Office is suitable for small simple ceremonies with no music, for up to 6 people (the couple and up to 4 guests). Ceremonies are held on Thursday mornings at 10am; 10.30am; 11.00am; 11.30am.

The Ceremony Suite is suitable for larger ceremonies of up to 70 people. The suite has traditional décor, silk flower arrangements and music can be played. Monday to Friday it can seat up to 40 people and up to 70 people on Saturdays.

Ceremonies can be held in this room on the following days and times

  • 10.00 am - 3.30 pm Monday - Thursday
  • 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Friday
  • 10.00 am - 3.30 pm Saturday (May to September)
  • 10.00 am - 11.30 am Saturday (October to April)

If you want to have your ceremony in the Town Hall you’ll need to book the room you want, which includes the registrar to conduct the ceremony. You can book up to 12 months in advance of your ceremony. You’ll have to pay a non-refundable booking fee, plus the cost of the room and the registrar. This includes one copy of your marriage certificate. You can also get additional certificates if you need them but there is a charge for these.

You must also give notice of your marriage at least 29 days before the date of your ceremony. The notice is valid for 12 months, so you can’t give notice more than 12 months before the date of your ceremony.

You might also like to read our useful information for ceremonies at the Town Hall. 

Civil ceremony at an approved venue

If you want to have your ceremony at an approved venue, you’ll first need to make provisional arrangements at the venue. It’s your responsibility to make sure that the venue you choose is registered or approved for wedding ceremonies. See our list of approved ceremony premises to find out which venues in Barnsley are licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. If the venue's not on the list, you won't be able to hold your ceremony there.

You’ll also need to contact us to book a registrar to conduct your ceremony. You’ll have to pay a non-refundable booking fee, plus the cost of the registrar to attend. The fee includes one copy of your marriage certificate. You can also get additional certificates if you need them but there is a charge for these.

You can book a registrar up to 3 years in advance of your ceremony.

If your wedding will take place in another location outside of Barnsley, you’ll need to contact the local register office of the town or city where you want to be married.

We understand that you will be keen to make your ceremony as meaningful to yourselves as possible and you may have your own ideas for content. Please contact us no later than 8 weeks before your wedding date, so that we can make arrangements to discuss your ceremony content.

You must also give notice of your marriage at least 29 days before the date of your ceremony. The notice is valid for 12 months, so you can’t give notice more than 12 months before the date of your ceremony.

You might also like to read our useful information for ceremonies at approved venues

Paying for your ceremony

You’ll pay a non-refundable booking fee when you make your booking and you must pay your outstanding balance in one instalment at least 3 months before the date of your ceremony. Your balance will consist of:

  • Room and registrar for Town Hall ceremonies plus one certificate
  • Registrars attendance fee for approved venues or religious buildings plus one certificate
  • Cost of any additional certificates you have ordered

If we don’t receive full payment, your booking will be cancelled.

Non-European Nationals

If either of you are not UK or European nationals, different rules apply to arranging your wedding and you're advised to read the information on GOV.UK.

You must give notice of marriage at a Designated Register Office. You must have both lived in England or Wales for at least 7 consecutive days before you can give notice.

After you've both given your notice of marriage you must wait at least 29 days before your ceremony can take place.

It’s advisable to allow plenty of time to give notice of marriage and to make sure all immigration clearance is obtained if required, before your ceremony.

Ceremonies outside England and Wales

If you’re getting married outside England or Wales, different rules apply depending on the country you choose. 

You should always consult with the authorities in the country where you’re planning to get married, to ensure you have all the legal paperwork you need and you may also need to complete legal paperwork once you get to that country. 

You may need to provide a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’ which confirms there are no objections to your proposed marriage. If you live in Barnsley, the Register Office can sometimes provide this document, however they cannot be issued for all countries due to various legislation. You’ll need to contact us to make an appointment to do this.

You should also check the gov.uk website for further information on ceremonies outside England and Wales, and to find out if a certificate of no impediment is required.

Different regulations apply in Scotland and these can be found on the National Records of Scotland website.

Your overseas marriage will be recognised in the UK if you follow the correct process according to local law - you won’t have to register it in the UK.

If you have any children with your partner

If you and your partner have any children together, you should make arrangements to re-register their birth(s) following your marriage. You can make an appointment to do this in Barnsley. If your children weren’t originally registered in Barnsley you should contact the Register Office where the registration originally took place.

Please make sure you arrive for your appointment on time - if you're more than 5 minutes late we won't be able to see you and you'll need to book a new appointment slot.