Getting married

Changes to marriage registrations from 4 May 2021

From 4 May 2021, you'll no longer sign a marriage register or be given a marriage certificate during the ceremony, instead you'll sign a Marriage Schedule. This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.

After your ceremony has taken place the registration officer will keep the signed Marriage Schedule and return it to the register office to add the details onto the electronic register, as soon as possible. Your certificate will be posted out or you can arrange to collect it within 7 days. If your ceremony took place in a religious building, other than a Church of England building, you will need to apply for any copy certificates you need. You can learn more on our copy certificate webpage.

Each person is still required by law to give a notice of marriage and the marriage ceremony will remain the same, it's only the way in which a marriage is registered that will change.

5. Marriage fees

Notice of Marriage

Before you can get married, both parties are required legally to give Notice of Marriage. There is a statutory charge of £35 per person for this service.

Marriage in the Henry Bell Room, Stockport Register Office

The fees for the Henry Bell Room, inclusive of one marriage certificate, are as follows:

  • Tuesday morning only: £57

An additional booking fee of £30, including VAT, is required to secure the date and time of your choice. This fee is non-refundable.

Marriage in the Robert Hyde Room, Stockport Register Office

The fees for the Robert Hyde Room, inclusive of one marriage certificate, are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: £120
  • Friday: £150
  • Saturday (morning only): £200

An additional booking fee of £30, including VAT, is required to secure the date and time of your choice. This fee is non-refundable.

Marriage in the Sir A Brumwell Thomas Room, Stockport Register Office

The fees for marriages in the Sir A Brumwell Thomas Room, inclusive of one marriage certificate, are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: £170
  • Friday: £250
  • Saturday: £300

An additional booking fee of £30, including VAT, is required to secure the date and time of your choice. This fee is non-refundable.

Marriages at approved venues in Stockport

The fees for Marriages at Approved venues, inclusive of one marriage certificate, are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: £350
  • Friday: £430
  • Saturday: £480
  • Sunday: £500
  • Bank Holiday: £1000

An additional booking fee of £30, including VAT, is required to secure a confirmed time, date and venue. This fee applies to marriages booked at an approved premise and is non refundable.

Please note these fees are subject to annual review and do not include the hire of rooms or any other wedding service.

This fee must be paid to the Superintendent Registrar at least 4 weeks before the ceremony is due to take place, and includes the cost of one marriage certificate, issued on the day and the attendance of two Registration Officers.

Marriages in Stockport Town Hall (Marble Staircase, Committee Suites and Council Chamber)

The fees for Marriages at Approved venues, inclusive of one marriage certificate, are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: £220
  • Friday: £300
  • Saturday: £350
  • Sunday: £400
  • Bank Holiday: £800

An additional booking fee of £30, including VAT, is required to secure a confirmed time, date and venue. This fee applies to marriages booked at an approved premise and is non refundable.

Please note these fees are subject to annual review and do not include the hire of rooms or any other wedding service.

This fee must be paid to the Superintendent Registrar at least 4 weeks before the ceremony is due to take place, and includes the cost of one marriage certificate, issued on the day and the attendance of two Registration Officers.

New fees for additional registration services

The Home Office have introduced new regulations under the Immigration Act 2016 to introduce new fees for services currently provided free. The fees have been set at a level to recover the full cost of the service.

The additional services for which a fee is payable are as follows:

  • consideration by a Superintendent Registrar of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles: £50
  • consideration by the Registrar General of a divorce/civil partnership dissolution obtained outside of the British Isles: £75
  • consideration by the Registrar General of a correction application (all marriage corrections): £90