It is vital that you book a venue for your ceremony as early as possible. The venue you book needs to be approved as a venue for Marriages and Civil Partnerships.
You can have a civil ceremony at Lambeth Register Office or any venue approved by the local council. A religious wedding can take place at any religious building approved by the local council for example a church.
First, approach the venue of your choice and make a provisional booking. For all approved venues you will also need to book a registrar to attend the ceremony and register your marriage.
Once you have a provisional booking you will need to confirm with the Superintendent Registrar that a registration officer will be available on that day at that time.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Approved premises
- 2. Getting married in a church or other religious building
- 3. Fees
- 4. Contact the Register Office
1. Approved premises
Lambeth, with its central location on the South Bank of the River Thames, has a wide variety of premises for you to choose from, including the spectacular London Eye and The Kia Oval.
First, approach the venue of your choice and make a provisional booking. Then confirm with the Superintendent Registrar that our registration officers will be available on that day at that time.
Please note that it is essential that you agree the date and time with both the Superintendent Registrar and the venue before making any other arrangements.
Celebrate your ceremony in style at the London Eye. The ceremony is performed in a private capsule decorated with flowers 135 metres above London surrounded by friends, family and breathtaking scenery.
Web: London Eye
The Lido, Brockwell Park
The Lido Café is a truly unique place to get married, hold a civil ceremony or a reception. Our grade 2 listed Art Deco building has a palm lined terrace which overlooks the beautiful 50 metre open air pool at Brockwell Lido. It has been described as bringing a slice of the glamorous Côte d'Azur to South London.
Web: Brockwell Lido
Myatt's Field Bandstand
Offering an exceptional, unique and tranquil setting, why not use the stunning backdrop of your favourite Lambeth park for your blessing or wedding ceremony?
The London Marriott Hotel, County Hall
On the South Bank of the River Thames, directly across the river from the Palace of Westminster, is one of the capital’s most famous and impressive landmarks, County Hall.
Oval Events - The Kia Oval
The Kia Oval is a beautiful, historic venue offering both traditional and modern spaces for receptions and ceremonies. Enjoy a sumptuous banquet while overlooking the famous Oval wicket, or a canapé reception on the Roof Terrace.
Web: The Kia Oval
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London Hotel
Situated opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge can cater for weddings and events of all sizes, from a small renewal of vows or civil partnership in one of their chic Penthouse suites, or a sit down meal for over 1000 people in the Westminster Ballroom.
Park Plaza Riverbank London Hotel
The Park Plaza Riverbank is situated on the south side of the River Thames boasts panoramic views of the Thames and city skyline perfect for ceremonies.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
For couples looking for a location with a wonderful cultural history and unique atmosphere, the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre is the perfect choice for weddings and civil ceremonies. Southbank Centre also offers high value affordable wedding packages as part of Big Wedding Weekend on the 27th August- see website for details.
The Deck - National Theatre
London's skyline and the Thames provide the perfect photographic backdrop for couples seeking a 'city chic' wedding venue with a difference.
Web: The Deck - weddings
The Ritzy is a grade II listed building bursting with history and character in the heart of Brixton.
Web: The Ritzy
If you are looking for an elegant but understated wedding, The Rosendale may be the venue for you. We have two beautiful private rooms, a handsome bar, sophisticated dining room, three outstanding gardens and even our own wedding license allowing you to enjoy your big day from start to finish.
Web: The Rosendale
The Woodlawns Centre
Woodlawns is a beautiful Victorian villa set in peaceful surroundings with exquisite grounds and beautiful décor is an ideal venue for ceremonies in the heart of Streatham.
Web: The Woodlawns Centre
2. Getting married in a church or other religious building
There are a wide range of religious buildings across Lambeth that are approved as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships. If you are planning a religious wedding you must first have the permission of the minister or governing body before you can make any other arrangements.
The minister, priest, imam or other person in charge, will be able to advise on what you need to do to arrange a ceremony and give notice. In some locations, you will require the attendance of a registrar at the wedding whereas in other locations there will be an authorised person that will be able to perform the ceremony and register the marriage.
You will be required to give notice of your marriage with your local registrar office, once you have arranged a date for your ceremony. If you are getting married in a Church of England you will not need to give notice at your Local Registrar office. Unless you are subject to immigration controls in which case you will need to book an appointment to give notice at your local Register Office.
If you need a Registrar from our office to attend your wedding you should book this with us as far in advance as possible.
Church of England
If you wish to be married in the Church of England generally you will only be able to do so if you or your partner live in the parish. You should first speak to the Vicar.
If he/she is able to marry you, they will arrange for Banns to be called on three Sundays before the day of your ceremony or for a common licence to be issued and there is normally no need to involve the Superintendent Registrar.
Giving notice at the register office to marry or form a civil partnership
- Marriage: £35 each
- Civil Partnership: £35 each
- Both Marriages and Civil Partnerships may be £47 each if applicants need to be referred to the Home Office. This will be ascertained at the Notice appointment
Approved Venues for marriages or civil partnerships
- Monday to Thursday: £394 including £4 for certificate
- Monday to Thursday from 4pm: £494 including £4 for certificate
- Friday and Saturday: £494 including £4 for certificate
- Friday and Saturday from 4pm: £594 including £4 for certificate
- Sunday or Bank Holidays: £594 including £4 for certificate
For a certified copy issued by a registration authority:
- at the time of registration: £4
- after the time of registration: between the day after the registration, and 2 months after date of registration: £7
- after the time of registration: later than 2 months after date of registration: £10