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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.

If you have chosen to have the Standard Ceremony, at the standard ceremony fee (see below), then the rest of the ceremony will be the basic standard ceremony with no readings or music.

If you have chosen to have a more personal, Enhanced Ceremony, in the Pankhurst Suite or at an approved premises, then you will be able to design the ceremony, using a booklet we provide to you which explains the possible choices. There are certain words, which must be included by law, (the Declaration and the Contract) but even here there is an element of choice. 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 will be provided in your ceremony pack after you have given notice.

Again, music cannot be religious in nature.

How long will the ceremony be?

The length of the enhanced ceremony will be dependent upon the choices you have made and any readings you have included - no two ceremonies are the same.

What will happen on the day?

For more information about what will happen on the day of your ceremony, you can 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 provide sufficient time for our registrars to travel between venues, therefore, we can only offer ceremony slots at set times. These are:

Monday - Friday         11.00am, 2.00pm, 4.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm

Saturday          11.00am, 12.00 noon, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays    11.00am, 12.00 noon, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm and 4.30pm


Notice of Intention to Marry

£35.00 per person
£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

As of 1 November 2017 -  either £50.00 or £75.00  (For more information see Giving Notice of Marriage)

Ceremony in The Pankhurst Suite  (more information)

Standard Ceremony
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday    £50.00
(Available times are: 9.10am and 9.50am) 
The couple + 2 witnesses only, and no extra guests. This is a basic ceremony.

Enhanced Ceremony
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday     £120.00
Saturday                       £165.00
The Pankhurst Suite holds up to 70 guests, and the ceremony can be enhanced by readings or music (optional)

Fees for ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite include the cost of the room and the registrars.

Ceremony at a licensed venue in Manchester  (more information)

The fees for registrars to attend are:

Monday - Friday      £335.00 daytime until 4.00pm      Evening  6pm and 7pm    £440.00
Saturday                 £370.00 daytime until 4.30pm      Evening  6pm and 7pm    £440.00
Sunday and Bank Holidays     £410.00 daytime until 4.30pm   Evening  6pm and 7pm    £480.00

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 or on the day of the ceremony will cost £4.00 each.  Any additional certificates purchased within one month of the ceremony date will cost £7.00.  After that the cost of a certificate is £10.00.   Certificate fees are revised annually in April.

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 will need to be paid when the ceremony is booked. (£40.00 for an enhanced ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, £100.00 for ceremonies at other licensed venues)

The balance of the fees must be paid 3 months before the ceremony. (If you book your ceremony within 3 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.

We accept payment in the office by:

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

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