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Booking a venue

Southwark has a choice of stunning and interesting venues throughout the borough, including The Garden Room.

View the approved premises for civil ceremonies

Civil ceremonies at Southwark Register Office

We offer two ceremony spaces at our office. The Garden Room and Southwark Register Office.

Southwark Register Office, Monday, £58.50

  • ceremony times - 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, (4pm April to September only)

Southwark Register Office includes:

  • the exchange of legal declarations the exchange of rings and the signing of the schedule
  • one certificate
  • ceremony duration is approximately 20 minutes or less
  • only two guests are allowed who will act as your witnesses, this includes a translator if one is required

The Garden Room on Wednesdays, £198.50

  • ceremony times – 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm (4pm April to September only)

Wednesdays in The Garden Room include:

  • the exchange of the legal declarations
  • the exchange of rings and the signing of the schedule
  • one certificate
  • ceremony duration is approximately 20 minutes or less
  • short time in the garden after your ceremony
  • no enhancements are permitted
  • the Garden Room can accommodate 37 people (the couple and up to 35 guests including children and translators)

The Garden Room Thursday to Saturday, £401.50

  • Thursday times - 11.20am, 2pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm
  • Friday times - 10am, 10.40am, 11.20am, 2pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm
  • Saturday times - 10am, 10.40am,11.20am, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm, 3.40pm

Thursday to Saturday includes:

  • the exchange of the legal declarations
  • the exchange of rings and the signing of the schedule
  • one certificate
  • ceremony duration is approximately 30 minutes or less
  • short time in the garden after your ceremony
  • personal vows, one reading, and your own choice of up to three pieces of music if desired
  • the Garden Room can accommodate 37 people (the couple and up to 35 guests including children and translators)

Ceremony at an approved venue

If you decide to have your ceremony at one of our approved venues, you must check the availability and book the registrar’s attendance.

The registrars' attendance fees are:

  • Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, £767.50
  • Monday to Thursday after 5 pm, £1022.50
  • Friday or Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, £924.50
  • Friday or Saturday after 5 pm, £1122.50
  • Sunday or Bank Holiday from 10 am to 1 pm, £982.50
All our ceremonies are booked on the hour from 10am. Times and days are subject to availability

How to book

To book a ceremony at Southwark Register Office, The Garden Room or for a registrar to attend one of our approved venues, email registrars@southwark.gov.uk the following:

  • full names of both parties
  • the nationalities of both parties
  • the date of notice appointment and name of the register office for both parties
  • the type of visa held by non-UK / EEA nationals 
  • full addresses of both parties including the postcode
  • preferred date and time of the ceremony
  • the name and address of your chosen licenced venue
  • telephone number and email address of both parties 
  • if you're enquiring about a marriage or civil partnership ceremony
  • if either party has been through a divorce or dissolution of marriage outside the UK

All the above details are required from each couple to successfully assist you in securing your marriage or civil partnership booking.

All our fees are non-refundable and non-transferable

 

Page last updated: 13 June 2024

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