A religious wedding can take place at a church, chapel or other religious building.
You can have a civil ceremony or civil partnership at a register office or any venue
approved by the local council, for example, a country house wedding venue, castle
wedding venue or a hotel. The Home Office has a list of all approved civil marriage and civil partnership venues in England,
Scotland and Wales
. You will need to have at least 2 witnesses at the ceremony.
Civil ceremonies can include readings, songs or music, but must not include anything
that’s religious, for example, hymns or readings from the Bible. You must exchange
some formal wording if you’re getting married. You don’t need to exchange vows for
a civil partnership, but you can do so if you wish. You, your partner and your 2
witnesses must sign the marriage register or civil partnership document. Take a
look at the comprehensive list of registry offices and wedding venues on our website
and contact your local Registrar for more information.