My Northumberland wedding

Read our Northumberland Wedding Guide

Everything you need to know about getting married in Northumberland.

5 steps to booking your Northumberland wedding

1. Choose your venue

With over 70 different licensed venues, ranging from ancient castles to cosy hotels, Northumberland has the perfect venue for you.

Search our venues to find the place that suits you best

 To help you decide, read our wedding brochure and look at what wedding fairs may be coming up.

Once you have chosen your venue, book your registrar as soon as possible, even if it is a few years in advance of your ceremony.

2. Book the registrar

Call our wedding co-ordination team on 01665 602870 to book your registrar. If possible, request alternative dates from your venue just in case your preferred date and time isn’t available.

If you have decided to have a combined naming and wedding ceremony, please let the registrar know at this point.

When you book, you will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee. View the price lists below: If you change the date, time or venue of your ceremony, you will need to pay an amendment fee charged at the current rate.


3. Give your notice of marriage (legal preliminaries)

Giving notice is a legal requirement. By giving notice, partners are legally declaring they intend to marry. Both partners must do this in the registration district where they live. They must have lived there for at least the past nine consecutive days. The notice can be given a maximum of 12 months before the ceremony but we recommend you do it as soon as possible.

If you live in Northumberland, you will need to give notice at one of our register offices. Please call us 01665 602 870 to make an appointment. If you live outside Northumberland, please contact your local authority. The appointment will last about 30 minutes for each person and we will need the following information:
  • your name
  • the venue where you intend to marry
  • documents to prove your identity
    • a valid passport or full birth certificate (showing parents' details) acompanied by a parents birth certificate in some circumstances.
    • proof of address (a bank statement dated within one month, a utility bill dated within three months or a council tax bill dated within 12 months)
    • if applicable, a decree absolute or death certificate for any previous marriage (if a divorce was obtained outside of the British Isles, a fee of up to £75 is payable for it to be considered).
    • for a previous civil partnership, we require a dissolution document  (if the dissolution was obtained outside of the British Isles, a fee of up to £75 is payable for it to be considered).
    • any name change document if you have legally changed your name since birth
The fee to give notice is £35 per person.

A notice of marriage will be displayed in the Morpeth register office for 28 full days. If we don’t receive an objection, then a certificate of marriage will be produced on the 29th day.

 

4. Pay your fees and return your ceremony form

Return your completed ceremony form to us at least six weeks before the service. Please include any outstanding fees and anything that your conducting registrar will need for the ceremony, such as readings. At this point, it is useful for us to know if you would like extra copies of your marriage certificate. If so, please let us know on the bottom of your ceremony form.
Return your completed ceremony forms to:

The Ceremony Co-ordination Team
The Register Office
27 Fenkle Street
Alnwick
NE66 1HW
 
You can pay your fees by:
phone: 01665 602870, using credit or debit card
post: send a cheque made payable to ‘Northumberland County Council’ to the above address

6. What happens on the day of your marriage?

You will not need any paperwork and all fees will have been paid, leaving you to enjoy your day!

The registrar(s) will arrive approximately 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. They will check last minute arrangements and will speak to anyone playing a part in the ceremony, to ensure everything runs smoothly. Your best man can also act as your witness. We normally ask that an adult signs alongside any witness who is under 16 years old.

We will speak to your photographer/videographer to confirm we are happy for them to discreetly capture the entire ceremony. The only exception will be the actual signing of the registers, but we will set up a pretend signing immediately after for photographs.
Things to remember:
  • your ceremony should start promptly to ensure our registrars can travel safely to their next wedding
  • we reserve the right to leave your ceremony if we feel the following ceremony will be compromised – this decision will not be taken lightly and we will always consult with you and the venue first
  • bring any of your own promises and readings with you on the day – you could mount them on card and keep them as a memento
  • any music (CD/iPod) should be given directly to the venue
  • During your ceremony a registrar will complete the marriage register. After the ceremony is finished you will be asked to check and sign the register. It is important that you check the register carefully before signing it. If a mistake is found at a later date and you require a correction to be made, a fee of up to £90 is payable.