Ceremonies available and fees information
What will the ceremony be like?
The Superintendent Registrar will begin by welcoming you and your guests followed by the traditional marriage ceremony introduction.
The Standard Ceremony does not include readings or music.
The Enhanced Ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite or at an approved premises, gives you the chance to design the ceremony yourselves, using our online ceremony planner (you will be provided with a username and password at the time of booking your ceremony), or where necessary the pack can be provided in booklet form with a checklist to complete and return. There are certain words that must be included by law (the Declaration and the Contract) but there is an element of choice, and you can lengthen the ceremony further by using readings or poetry, but these must not have any religious content.
Music can be played at the start of the ceremony and during the signing of the register. You may bring your own CDs or choose from our music list, which is provided in your ceremony pack after you have given notice. The music cannot be religious in nature.
How long will the ceremony be?
The times of the enhanced ceremony will be dependent upon the choices you have made and any readings you have included.
What will happen on the day?
Ceremony times at licensed venues
For ceremonies at approved premises, we need to allow time for our registrars to travel between venues, so can only offer ceremonies at set times. These are:
Monday to Friday 11am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 7pm
Saturday 11am, 12noon, 12:30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 7pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 4:30pm
Information about fees
Notice of Intention to Marry fees
£35 per person, or
£47 per person (if, as a couple, you are referred to the Home Office, under the referral and investigation scheme)
Fee for consideration of documentation of a divorce / dissolution outside the British Isles
£50 or £75. Check which applies to you.
Ceremony fees at The Pankhurst Suite
The fees for ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite, during the current Coronavirus restrictions are:
- Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, at 9:10am or 9:50am - the fee is £57. (The couple, and two witnesses only. No guests. This is a basic, standard ceremony.)
- Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 10.30am - 3:50pm or Friday from 9:10am - 3:50pm - the fee is £127. (This is a basic, standard ceremony with the couple and up to 13 guests.)
- Saturday 9:10am - 11:10am - the fee is £172.00 (This is a basic, standard ceremony with the couple and up to 13 guests)
- Saturday 1pm - 3pm - the fee is £185.00 (This is a basic, standard ceremony with the couple and up to 13 guests)
The Pankhurst Suite is not available on Wednesdays.
Download an outline of the standard ceremony
Ceremony fees at other licensed venues in Manchester
The fees for registrars to attend are:
- Monday to Friday. £342 daytime until 4pm. £447 evening, 6pm and 7pm
- Saturday. £377 daytime until 4.30pm. £447 evening, 6pm and 7pm
- Sunday and Bank Holidays. £417 daytime until 4:30pm
Later times may be available on request.
All prices include the cost of one marriage certificate. These are reviewed annually in April. The total fee is non-refundable, if you cancel your ceremony within three months of the ceremony date.
Any additional certificates requested before the date of the ceremony will cost £11. Further certificates can be purchased at a later date if required.
Paying your fees
For a standard ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, the full fee must be paid at the time of booking. For other ceremonies, an initial, non-refundable, deposit must be paid when the ceremony is booked, of £40 for an enhanced ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, and £100 for ceremonies at other licensed venues.
The balance of the fee must be paid three months before the ceremony. If you book your ceremony within three months of the ceremony date, the full fee will need to be paid at the time of booking and will be non-refundable.
You can pay the balance of your fees on-line, or we accept payment in the office by:
- credit/debit card
- cheque or postal order made payable to Manchester City Council.