Getting married

You can download a copy of the Barnsley Celebration Guide which is full of useful information to help you plan your special celebration.  

If you can't find the information you require, or need more advice, you can make an appointment with us to talk about your requirements. Please contact Barnsley Register Office.

You can choose to marry at any register office or other building approved for civil ceremonies within England and Wales. See our details of approved ceremony premises in the Barnsley registration district to find out which locations are licensed to hold marriage ceremonies.

To get married at a register office, you'll first need to contact the Superintendent Registrar at the office where you wish to marry to check that the date and time are available for your ceremony. The registrar will need to see certain documents relating to identity, marital status, nationality, residence and so on. Information about the documents you will need to produce to get married is here.      

Choosing the Town Hall as your venue

The Barnsley Town Hall is one of the town centre's most attractive architectural features. It's a famous local landmark, and is comprised of a civic building faced in Portland stone with a central tower rising to a height of some 145 feet above the street. It has recently undergone extensive work to restore the facade to its original beauty and now has the addition of attractive gardens with water fountains and sculptures. We have 2 rooms available for weddings and are sure that you will find it the perfect place to hold your ceremony.

If you want to have your ceremony in Barnsley Town Hall you will need to get in touch with us and pay a provisional booking fee. We offer a comprehensive service to guide you through the legal formalities to getting married and to help to ensure that your ceremony is a truly memorable occasion.

The Register Office is a room available for small, simple ceremonies with a maximum number of 6 people: Bride & Groom and 4 guests. The room is situated on the ground floor of the building within the main register office. There is no facility to play music. Ceremonies are available on Thursday mornings only at the following times: 10.00, 10.30 and 11.00

Our Ceremony Suite is located on the first floor overlooking the Town Hall frontage and reflects the magnificence of the building. These facilities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

It has traditional decor, and offers a fitting location for any ceremony.  Beautiful silk flower arrangements are a permanent feature.  We can seat up to 40 people for Ceremonies held Monday - Friday.  On Saturdays we are able to enlarge the space and accommodate up to 70 guests.  The Ceremony room has facilities for playing music - if you wish you can provide your own music on a CD to be played at your ceremony. Ceremonies are available on the following days/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)

As you would expect, Fridays and Saturdays are most popular days and, once you have decided on a date for your ceremony, we advise you to contact us straight away to be sure of being able to book the date and time of your choice.

Ceremonies at The Town Hall are timed to ensure there are ample opportunities for photographs. Ceremony parties are welcome to use its magnificent frontage as a backdrop.

Whether you are planning a small, quiet ceremony or a larger celebration, we can promise you a special day.

Contact us to arrange a viewing of our facilities for your ceremony.

Approved premises for marriage

If you wish to have your ceremony at another approved location, you will need to make arrangements at the venue. You will also need to contact us to arrange for an officer to be present to conduct your ceremony. If your wedding will take place in another location outside of Barnsley, you will need to contact the local register office of the town or city where you want to be married.

It is essential that you agree the date and time for your ceremony with both the local register office and the venue before you make any other arrangements. The register office will make a provisional booking and allow you sufficient time to deal with the legal formalities for marriage.