Book a ceremony

You can book your marriage or civil partnership ceremony in three ways:

  • at a church or religious building
  • at a register office
  • at an approved venue

To get married in a church or other religious building, you need to contact the person in charge. The government website provides further information on religious marriages.

To get married at the register office, book a ceremony with us.

To get married at an approved venue you need to contact the venue first and agree a provisional date. Once you have a date, you then need to book a ceremony with us.

Our registrars are available to conduct your ceremony at the register office or an approved venue, including outdoor ceremonies.

Email registrars@iow.gov.uk to book a ceremony with us.

For all marriage or civil partnerships, once a date has been agreed you are required to give notice.

How much does a ceremony cost?

  • fees are reviewed annually
  • statutory fees are subject to a review each April
  • fees detailed are applicable from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025
  • fees for ceremonies are payable at the notice appointment
  • appointments held after the 31 March will be charged at the new rate

How can I pay for a ceremony?

We accept payment in person by cash or card only.

Contact us about ceremony fees

Deposit

  • the deposit fee fee secures the date and time of your ceremony
  • you need to pay when you book
  • one change of date, time, or venue is allowed
  • the deposit fee is deducted from your overall ceremony fees
Non-refundable fee£45.00

Ceremonies with us

St Catherine's ceremony room at Seaclose offices

Days availableFee
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday£150

This room has space for the couple plus 12 other people including guests and photographer.

Statutory Register Office Marriage or civil partnership ceremony

  • two witnesses only
  • cannot be booked more than 3 months in advance
Day and timesFee
Wednesday 9.30am or 10am£56.00

Licensed venue

Marriage or civil partnership ceremony at a licensed venue

Days availableFee
Monday to Thursday
£560.00
Friday
£605.00
Saturday
£635.00
Sunday and bank holidays
£665.00

Celebratory ceremony at a licensed or non-licensed venue

A celebratory ceremony follows a statutory register office wedding or takes place within 1 year of a wedding.

Days availableFee
Monday to Thursday
£500.00
Friday
£530.00
Saturday
£560.00
Sunday and bank holidays
£585.00

Renewal of vows or Naming ceremony

VenueFee
Licenced or Non-Licenced venue
£220.00
St. Catherine’s Room, Seaclose
£145.00

General registrar fees

ServiceFee
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
£12.50 per certificate
Conversion of civil partnership to marriage
£50.00
Religious wedding registrar’s attendance
£104.00
Approved Premises Licence Fee
£2270.00
Licence amendment Fee£35.00

Citizenship Ceremony

Individual£100.00
Couple or family£150.00

What if I need to cancel a ceremony?

In the event you need to cancel a ceremony for any reason, you will be required to notify us in writing. You can email registrars@iow.gov.uk.  

If you cancel:

  • more than eight weeks before the ceremony date, you will receive a full refund excluding non-refundable deposit and notice fees.
  • between four and eight weeks before the ceremony date, you will receive a 50 per cent refund excluding any non-refundable deposit and notice fees.
  • less than four weeks before the ceremony date (or failure to cancel), no refund will be given.

Other ceremony options

View this online Isle of Wight Ceremonies Guide - flip book for local venues and helpful hints.

Please note this flipbook is not accessible on all devices and is not optimised for accessibility, we are working to deliver the information in a more accessible format. Please email registrars@iow.gov.uk or telephone 01983 823233 if you would like to receive this information in another format.