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Ceremonies available and fees information

What will the ceremony be like?

The Superintendent Registrar will begin by welcoming you and your guests followed by the traditional marriage ceremony introduction.

The Standard Ceremony does not include readings or music.

The Enhanced Ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite or at an approved premises, gives you the chance to design the ceremony yourselves, using our online ceremony planner (you will be provided with a username and password at the time of booking your ceremony), or where necessary the pack can be provided in booklet form with a checklist to complete and return. There are certain words that must be included by law (the Declaration and the Contract) but there is an element of choice, and you can lengthen the ceremony further by using readings or poetry, but these must not have any religious content.

Music can be played at the start of the ceremony and during the signing of the register. You may bring your own CDs or choose from our music list, which is provided in your ceremony pack after you have given notice. The music cannot be religious in nature.

How long will the ceremony be?

The times of the enhanced ceremony will be dependent upon the choices you have made and any readings you have included.

What will happen on the day?

Download our guides for an enhanced ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite or for a ceremony at an approved venue.

Ceremony times at licensed venues

For ceremonies at approved premises, we need to allow time for our registrars to travel between venues, so can only offer ceremonies at set times. These are:

Monday - Friday  11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 7pm

Saturday  11am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 7pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays  11am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 4.30pm

Fees

Notice of Intention to Marry 

£35.00 per person, or
£47.00 per person (if, as a couple, you are referred to the Home Office, under the referral and investigation scheme)

Consideration of documentation of a divorce / dissolution outside the British Isles

£50 or £75. Check which applies to you.

Ceremony fees at The Pankhurst Suite 

Standard Ceremony

  • Can take place on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, at 9.10am or 9.50am, for £57
  • The couple, and two witnesses only. No guests. This is a basic ceremony.

Download an outline of the standard ceremony

Enhanced Ceremony

  • Can take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday for £127, or
  • Saturday for £172

The Pankhurst Suite holds up to 70 guests, and the ceremony can be enhanced by readings or music if you prefer. The fee for ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite includes the cost of the room and the registrars.

Download an example of an enhanced ceremony

Ceremony fees at other licensed venues in Manchester

The fees for registrars to attend are:

  • Monday to Friday. £342 daytime until 4pm. £447 evening, 6pm and 7pm
  • Saturday. £377 daytime until 4.30pm. £447 evening, 6pm and 7pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays. £417 daytime until 4.30pm £487 evening, 6pm and 7pm

Later times may be available on request.

All prices include the cost of one marriage certificate. These are reviewed annually in April. The total fee is non-refundable, if you cancel your ceremony within three months of the ceremony date.

Certificate Fees

Any additional certificates requested before the date of the ceremony will cost £11. Further certificates can be purchased at a later date if required.

Paying your fees

For a standard ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, the full fee must be paid at the time of booking. For other ceremonies, an initial, non-refundable, deposit must be paid when the ceremony is booked, of £40 for an enhanced ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, and £100 for ceremonies at other licensed venues.

The balance of the fee must be paid three months before the ceremony. If you book your ceremony within three months of the ceremony date, the full fee will need to be paid at the time of booking and will be non-refundable. 

You can pay the balance of your fees on-line, or we accept payment in the office by:

  • cash
  • credit/debit card
  • cheque or postal order made payable to Manchester City Council.

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