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If you are planning to get married, here are the steps you need to take to make sure your special day runs as smoothly and successfully as possible.

Venues

There are a number of places where you can married -

  • Church of England or Church in Wales
    If you wish to be married in the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should first speak to the Vicar of the parish where you wish to marry.

  • other places of worship
    If you wish to marry in any building used for worship and licensed for marriages, other than the Church of England or Church in Wales, you should contact the person in charge of marriages at the building.

  • a register office
    Hull Register Office can offer ceremonies in our ceremony room at the Guildhall and also at The Wilson Centre

  • an approved premises in Hull
    There are 16 venues in Hull licensed to hold a marriage ceremony. These include prestigious council buildings such as Hull City Hall, hotels and restaurants, and even the world’s only submarium, The Deep.

    Find out more about our approved premises

Giving notice

Before getting married, you must first ‘give notice’ of your intention at the register office in the district in which you live. You are required to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice. A notice fee must be paid at the time of giving notice.

Find out how to give notice

Booking your ceremony

If you are getting married in a register office or approved premises, you will need to agree the date and time for your marriage with both the venue and the registrar who is attending to register and conduct your ceremony.

You do not have to live in Hull to get married in Hull. However if you or your partner live outside of Hull, you will need to contact the registration district in which you live to give notice.

Changes to the law allowing same-sex marriages

From 29 March 2014, the law has allowed for marriage ceremonies for same sex couples.

From 10 December 2014, the law will be further changed to allow these couples already in a civil partnership the option to convert this to a marriage.

Civil Partnerships remain unchanged and these will still be available to same sex couples. Registration officers are unable to advise couples on whether to choose a marriage or civil partnership, as this is really a personal choice.

Couples not currently in a civil partnership who want to opt for a civil marriage are required to first give notice of their intention to marry. This is a different type of notice to that in relation to registering a civil partnership and as such you must be clear of your intention when attending the appointment with us. Notice can't be given more than 12 months in advance or until the venue has been decided. The authorities that permit you to get married are issued on working day 16 of every month after giving notice and any ceremony or registration can't take place until these authorities have been issued.

Couples who have already registered their civil partnership and wish to convert this registration to a marriage won't be required to give notice. To complete a conversion both parties will be required to attend together an appointment at the Register Office, providing evidence of identity and original civil partnership registration. After confirming that your partnership has not been dissolved a conversion will be registered and a new certificate issued. A celebratory ceremony will be available if you want to commemorate this conversion with a ceremony. 

No fee will apply in the first year for conversion appointments for couples who registered a civil partnership before they had opportunity to marry, For example couples who registered a Civil Partnership before 29 March 2014 and whom now want to convert this to a marriage. Couples who meet this no fee criteria will not be charged for a conversion if this is registered between 10 December 2014 and 9 December 2015, a full fee will be applicable from the 10 December 2015.

For couples who entered into a civil partnership after 29 March 2014, or any couples who register one in the future and subsequently want to convert this to a marriage a full fee will be applicable. 

The full fee for conversion at a Register Office will be £45.

Additional fees will apply in special circumstances and if a celebratory ceremony is required.

Hull Registration Service

Hull Registration Service
The Wilson Centre CSC
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street
Hull
HU1 2AG

Telephone: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Email: register.office@hullcc.gov.uk

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Wednesday, 11am - 4.30pm
Thursday and Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
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