If you're planning on getting married or entering into a civil
partnership at Rochdale Register Office there are
various options we offer to enable you to have the sort of
ceremony you wish. This ranges from a simple ceremony with 2
witnesses to the inclusion of bridesmaids and being escorted into
the ceremonies room with music playing and guests doing
readings of your choice.
Please remember that any music or readings shouldn't have
any religious connection. Contact us to discuss any other
enhancements to the legal part of the ceremony including
incorporating cultural or special requirements. If you're
planning to enhance your ceremony in any way please contact us to
discuss it before the ceremony.
Please ensure you've paid the ceremony fee and have chosen your
vows prior to the day of the ceremony.
The day of the ceremony
- Please arrive at the Register Office at least 10 minutes before
the time of your ceremony. Ensure that you and your guests allow
extra time for parking during busy shopping periods.
- You must bring at least 2 witnesses with you to be present
during the ceremony. Witnesses have to be over the age of 16 and be
able to speak and understand English. Please let them know in
advance that you would like them to sign the register with
- The Registrar will see you both before the ceremony to
check the details that are to appear in the register. The
detail will include the full names and occupation of your
natural, step father or adoptive father.
- If one party prefers not to see the other until the
ceremony begins, the couple can be seen separately. If one
party wishes to walk in with someone, for example father and
bridesmaids, it would be appreciated if you could advise the
Register Office in advance.
- The ceremony will be conducted by the Superintendent Registrar
or an appointed deputy. After brief introductions, it will
proceed with the couple being asked to repeat their chosen
- Choose your vows.
- The giving and receiving of rings can be included
in the ceremony. Let the registrar know on the day of your
- After the vows have been made, the Superintendent
Registrar will conclude the ceremony. The Registrar will enter
your details in to the register. You'll both be asked to check
and sign the register followed by your witnesses. Please check
these details carefully, as it will be difficult to make any
corrections at a later date.