Guide to getting married

Getting married is definitely exciting but sometimes very complicated. Use our 10 step guide below to help plan your big day.

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Step 1 - Who will be involved?

You, your partner and who else? As a minimum, you will need two witnesses and a registrar at the ceremony. Or you can invite all of your friends and family - depending on the size of your venue.

Step 2 - Choose a venue

Make your ceremony picture perfect at one of our approved East Riding of Yorkshire Venues

Step 3 - Notice of intention to marry

You can only get married or enter civil partnership after you have submitted notice of intention in the area that you each live. Your notice is displayed for 28 calendar days. As long as there are no objections, you will then be able to get married or form a civil partnership. To find out how to do this and what you need to bring to the interview, visit our weddings explained page.

Step 4 - Select a package

Select from our Platinum package, designing your perfect ceremony unique to you, to our standard Gold, Silver or Bronze packages, with pre-selected options to tailor to your taste, or depending on your chosen venue our Sapphire ceremony.

Step 5 - Contact us!

Now you know the type of wedding you want and where you want to hold it, contact our award-winning team to find out available dates. (Don't forget to allow for your notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership in step 3.)

Step 6 - Planning the ceremony

Depending on the package you chose, you will be working closely with the registrar to plan your ceremony. You will also need to think about music, flowers, photographers, rings to exchange (optional) and what you will both wear. Find out your options on our weddings explained page.

Step 7 - Tell your guests

How will you send out invites? Will you be having a reception? There is a lot to think about, like booking venues and choosing catering. To help you both organise your day so it runs smoothly, download our Celebration Guide with free checklist .

Step 8 - Stag and Hen Party

Some couples getting married or entering civil partnership choose to hold separate celebrations with friends. These can be organised by friends or family. You may want to consider if you want to hold a party, who will organise it and how far in advance of the ceremony it will be.

Step 9 - Last minute checks

Four weeks before your ceremony you can make an appointment for a Pay and Discuss meeting with your registrar. All remaining fees for the ceremony must be paid, and you can discuss music, readings and photography you have booked for the ceremony. There will also be a chance to attend one of our group rehearsals. Find out more on our explained page.

Step 10 - Walk down the aisle

How will you arrive in style? Do you want someone to 'give you away'? Make sure you are at the register office at least 15 minutes before, or 30 minutes if the ceremony is at an approved venue, so that there are no delays.

Congratulations to both of you. We wish you many years of happiness. We hope you'll remember us if you decide to renew your vows or hold a naming ceremony.

After the ceremony

Find out about taking your partner's name and how to get hold of copies of your certificates on our explained page.

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What you said about us

Naming ceremonies

"The service yesterday was very good, nothing was too much trouble. Thanks to all your staff for making our special day special only the weather let us down."

Beverley March 2018
Naming ceremonies

"Thank you to your staff for a truly lovely ceremony. Both were very helpful and professional on our magical day."

Goole and Pocklington March 2018
Naming ceremonies

"The ceremony was lovely. I would recommend the place inside and out. Thank you"

Bridlington April 2018
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"We were made to feel so welcome and special on our wedding day, it was only a small service but everyone was amazing."

Beverley May 2018
Naming ceremonies

"Thank you for the lovely service and all your help.Our day was just perfect and that was all down to the Registrar at Bridlington."

Bridlington March 2018
Naming ceremonies

"What a wonderful day! Both ladies were professional and empathetic. The balance between delivering administrative formalities and conveying a personalised service could not have been better."

Goole and Pocklington April 2018
Naming ceremonies

"Thank you for hosting our wedding ceremony last Saturday. My family really enjoyed the service and thought it was brilliantly delivered."

Beverley April 2018

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