Births, marriages, deaths and nationality Civil Naming Ceremony

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for all parents to celebrate the birth of their child and welcome the new arrival into the family and the wider community.

Each ceremony is designed to meet the individual needs of the family. It provides the opportunity for parents to announce the names that have been chosen and to make promises of commitment to nurture and support the child into adulthood.

Any parent can arrange a civil naming ceremony whether married or not. Civil naming ceremonies can also be used as a celebration of adoption or to welcome a stepchild into an extended family unit. Children of any age may have a naming ceremony and parents may want to include older children as well as their new child.

A civil naming ceremony can be held in the Pankhurst Suite at the Manchester Register Office or at another venue of your choosing within the City of Manchester. Please note, however, although venues do not need a licence for this type of ceremony, they must be deemed suitable by the Manchester Registration Service before a civil naming ceremony can take place there. All venues that have a licence for marriages have also been approved for civil naming ceremonies.

If you require further information or wish to arrange a civil naming ceremonies please contact the Ceremonies Section at Manchester Register Office


Ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite (at the Register Office)

  • Monday to Friday: £140 incl VAT 
  • Saturday: £190 incl VAT 

Bookings taken on or after 1 March 2023 

  • Monday to Friday: £200 incl VAT plus a £40 non-refundable booking fee
  • Saturday: £300 incl VAT plus a £40 non-refundable booking fee

(The Register Office is not normally open for ceremonies on Wednesdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays)

Ceremony at an outside venue

  • Monday to Saturday: £240  incl VAT 
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: £270  incl VAT

Bookings taken on or after 1 March 2023

  • Monday to Friday: £300 incl VAT plus a £40 non-refundable booking fee
  • Saturday: £350 incl VAT plus a £40 non-refundable booking fee
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £400 incl VAT plus a £40 non-refundable booking fee

Venues Licensed to hold ceremonies


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