Civil ceremonies in England and Wales
Register Office: If you would like a civil ceremony you can choose any Register Office in England and Wales.
Licensed venue: A civil ceremony can also take place at a licensed venue which has been granted a licence for ceremonies. These venues tend to be stately homes, civic buildings and hotels.
Arranging your ceremony: You must contact the Register Office in the district where the venue/register office is located to book your required date and time. You must also make an appointment with your local Register Office to complete the legal documentation.
Civil ceremonies at Rochdale Register Office
If you're planning a civil ceremony, Rochdale Register Office will be an ideal setting. It's located in Rochdale's world famous grade one Gothic Town Hall and is renowned for its unique architecture.
Rochdale Register Office, Town Hall , Vicars Gate, Rochdale OL16 1AB.
- Full access for disabled people and pushchairs.
- Two rooms where ceremonies can take place.
- Toilet facilities that meet all the requirements for disabled people; also includes nappy changing facilities for babies.
- A hearing loop system for the benefit of guests attending ceremonies at the Register Office.
- A new paved courtyard outside the office, including bench seating and floral planters and makes an ideal setting for your wedding photographs.
- A park and attractive garden areas next to the Register Office for more wedding photographs.
Times of ceremonies
Monday to Friday: 9.45am - 11.15am and 2pm-3.30pm, Saturday: 9.45am - 4.15pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm.
Register Office - This room is available for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, at the statutory ceremony fee. It is available for ceremonies Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays ) and can accommodate the couple and 2 witnesses only.
The Roche Suite - The ceremonies room is air-conditioned and is tastefully furnished and decorated. It will seat up to 40 guests with limited additional standing room. Wedding parties have their own marriage entrance and waiting area, with access to toilet facilities. If you forget to buy your confetti, we have confetti on sale from our reception point.
We have a background music system in the waiting areas and a music system in the ceremonies room. Music will automatically be played unless you inform us otherwise. If you wish to personalise your ceremony, you can supply your own CD. Please note that the law does not allow any religious music to be played at a civil marriage ceremony.
A video camera may be used during the ceremony providing that prior arrangement has been made with the Register Office. Should you wish a photographer to take photographs during the ceremony, please speak to the registrar prior to the ceremony and they will advise you. Your guests will be given time at the conclusion of the ceremony for any photographs they may wish to take.
Civil ceremonies at licensed venues in Rochdale
Your ceremony will be conducted by staff from the Rochdale Register Office and will be a civil ceremony rather than a religious one.
Licensed venues in the borough of Rochdale
Rochdale Town Hall, take a virtual tour of the Gothic Grade one listed building.
More about planning your wedding at Rochdale Town Hall.
Nutters Restaurant, caters for between 40 and 140 guests
Rochdale Cricket Club, caters for between 70 and 220 guests
Royal Toby Hotel, choice of three rooms to hold wedding ceremony
Moss Lodge Hotel, country house atmosphere, family owned and run
Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, four star hotel, 3 wedding rooms to choose from
The Crimble Restaurant , set in its own landscaped grounds with a choice of two restaurants.
The Broadfield Park Hotel, set in its own stunning gardens and can cater for up to 200 guests. Tel 01706 639000
Village Hotel unique setting, 128 bedrooms
Birch Hotel, 2 function rooms and large well kept gardens
Bellavista Restaurant, Italian restaurant, bar and function rooms
Middleton Masonic Club, fully licensed and in-house catering
Marriages: If you choose to marry in a registered building, for example a church or mosque, you must check with them to see if they will marry you. The marriage laws will only allow you to marry in a registered building that is in the same Local Authority area that you live in, unless it 's your usual place of worship. Once you've decided on the building you must contact your local Register Office to make an appointment to complete the legal documentation.
If you plan to marry in a Church of England church, the vicar will normally complete your paperwork for you (usually called Banns). If the vicar is unable to do this then they'll advise you to make an appointment with your local Register Office to complete the legal documentation.
Civil partnerships: If you would like your civil partnership registration to take place in a registered building you would need to check with them to see if this would be possible.