Important information - marriage and civil partnerships

Additional information relating to getting married in the East Riding.

Minimum spend for your ceremony

For any ceremony you must pay for the notice of intention to get married/enter a civil partnership. This is £42 each, or a total of £84 per couple.

Our cheapest package is our Bronze service. This includes a basic ceremony in a register office, with a maximum of two guests. This is £68.50 and is only available on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (depending on office location). The cost includes one certificate.

Submitting notice of intention to marry/enter a civil partership

The notice of intention to marry or enter a civil partnership is £35 per person. From 28 May 2024 this statutory fee will increase to £42.00 per person. You attend an appointment at a register office, but which one depends on where you live:

  • If you are an East Riding resident and pay your council tax to the East Riding, and have been for at least 8 days, you can give notice with us.
  • If you are not an East Riding resident you must submit your notice to your own local register office, in the region you pay council tax.
  • If you are a foreign national, please contact us so we can advise you according to your personal situation.

You can check where you pay council tax using your postcode on the council finder.

If your search returns the East Riding you can:

Holding a celebratory ceremony in a private venue

You can hold a ceremony at a private unregistered venue. You will also need to book a legal ceremony at one of our offices first, to ensure the legal requirements are met. After the legal ceremony, we can work with you to create a unique celebratory event at the private venue.

This option is often more cost-effective than other ceremony options.

Please note: there is a non-refundable fee of £200 for a necessary assessment of the private venue. This must be paid at the time of booking.

The fee for the legal ceremony is dependent on the day of the week:

  • Mon-Thurs: £170
  • Friday: £220
  • Saturday: £270
  • Sunday: £350
  • Bank holiday: £350.

If you prefer to have a ceremony outside of office hours, there will be an additional charge of £100.

Having a ceremony abroad?

You may be asked to obtain a certificate of no impediment (CNI) if you having a legal ceremony aboard. There are several things to consider:

  1. Only British nationals living in the East Riding of Yorkshire (Excluding Hull) can obtain a certificate of no impediment from the East Riding of Yorkshire Registration Service
  2. Check that you need a certificate of no impediment at all – the following link should help you.
  3. We would always advise taking advice from the country of ceremony local authorities on doing this. You need to know the wording for the location of the ceremony which we be added to the document. We can’t provide this for you.
  4. Make sure your certificate is in date for your ceremony. Your certificate will be dated 29 days after the date you give your notice. If you do this to early the document may be out of date before your ceremony. Do this too late and you may not have the document in time to travel. Some countries insist the document be no older than 3 months. Please check with the local authorities in the country of your ceremony.
  5. You may be asked to get the document Apostille (Legalised) by your country of ceremony. More information on this is here.

If you need a certificate of no impediment, and the time is right to give notice, then you can book an appointment below. Please ensure you live and pay your council tax to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and not Hull City Council. We can only assist you if you are an East Riding of Yorkshire resident.

Notice for a certificate of no impediment

Other discounts and fees

Venues and ceremonies

We offer four wedding different types of wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

Find out how to book your ceremony.

All ceremonies must take place in a council registration office or council licensed venue. View our approved venues.

Ceremony discounts

If you have a naming ceremony after your wedding or a civil partnership you can save 25% on the total cost.

Other discounts

For ceremonies in register offices in the East Riding, excluding the £68.50 ceremonies, couples can get 20% off if one of them is in receipt of the following:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Universal Credit.

Please contact us to find out more and how to claim a discount

Cerermony fees

Ceremony fees depend on day of the week and location of your ceremony. We offer 3 ceremony choices for your big day: Gold, silver and Bronze, which are included in your ceremony fee. You can view our different ceremonies and pricing in the ceremony outlines under Gold, Silver and Bronze.

If you you would like to make your ceremony more bespoke you can request this. please be aware there is an extra fee for this.

Fees are subject to change, and rise on April 1st every year. If you book a ceremony on or after this date, it will be subject to the increased fee.

Cancellation fees

If you need to cancel your ceremony, for whatever reason, there is a summary of the refund policy below:

  • Cancellation less than 28 days before your ceremony: no refund
  • Cancellation between 29 days and 8 weeks before your ceremony: 50% refund less the deposit
  • Cancellation more than 8 weeks and 1 day before your ceremony: full refund less the non-refundable part of the deposit
  • Cancellation up to 14 working days from the date booking confirmation sent: full refund.

If your ceremony was due to be held at a registered venue, please contact them.

Marriage and civil partnership certificates

The cost of your wedding or civil partnership includes one certificate. Additional certificates can be purchased for £12.50 each. These can be posted to you, or you can collect them from the Beverley Registration Office.

Apply for copy or replacement certificates online

Want a passport in your new name?

If you are getting married or forming a civil partnership and you are travelling abroad immediately after the ceremony, you can renew a British passport in your new name up to three months before the ceremony. HM Passport Office will cancel your old passport, and postdate your new passport in your new name, making it valid from the date of your ceremony. This means you can’t use it until the ceremony has taken place. You need to fill out a PD2 form.

Contact us at ceremonies@eastriding.gov.uk for further information. There is a £40 fee for this service.