Marriages - Arrangement and Ceremony

Marriage - arrangement and ceremony

We know that planning a wedding can be demanding, but our experienced team are here to help you organise a personal, meaningful ceremony, and carried out in accordance with the law.

Important considerations could include personalising the ceremony, organising readings or poetry, music and flowers, and securing the venue of your choice.

Couples can have a unique and tailored civil ceremony in either the Register Office or a venue of their choice which is licensed to hold civil ceremonies. The information provided is not exhaustive of current Marriage Law or Legislation.

View details of ceremony venues available through Pontypridd Register Office along with prices and booking information|

Register Office Pontypridd 

Marriage - arrangement and ceremonyRhondda Cynon Taf is one of the largest registration districts within Wales. Our highly trained and experienced staff, offer an excellent and highly professional service, to couples getting married within the district.

Couples have a choice of either having a ceremony at the Register office, which is situated within the historic town of Pontypridd, or at one of our impressive country hotels situated at various locations within the county borough.

 To book your wedding within Rhondda Cynon Taf, to get married at either the Register office Pontypridd, or at one of our Approved Premises, or to arrange for a Registrar to attend a Marriage Ceremony at a Church or other Religious Building, please contact the Superintendent Registrar at the District Register Office, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP on (01443) 486869, alternatively, you can email us on: registrar@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk|

Marriage - arrangement and ceremony

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The legal preliminaries to marriage in England and Wales

Before you can marry by Civil Ceremony in England and Wales, notice of your Intention to marry must first be given to the Superintendent Registrar for the district in which you live.

A Notice of Marriage is a Legal Document and is Valid for one year.

Both parties must have lived in a Registration District within England and Wales, for at least seven days before the giving of a Legal Notice. If you both live within the same district, you will each be required to attend in person at your local register office, to give Legal Notice to the Superintendent Registrar.

Your Legal Notice must be given personally and independently.

If you live in different districts, then each of you will need to give Legal Notice in your own Registration District.

After you have given your Legal Notice, you must then wait a further 15 clear days, before you can get married. The waiting period is an essential part of the Law and everyone is expected to comply with it.

There is a fee payable for each party of the intended Marriage, and is payable at the time the Notice is given, either by cash, cheque or debit/credit card. You will be asked to pay the ceremony fee in advance at this time also.

If you decide to pay by cheque, we are required to see a cheque guarantee card.

If you live in the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Legal Notice of intention to Marry should be given at the Register Office, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP. This office operates an appointment system. Please telephone to arrange a mutually convenient appointment prior to attending on (01443) 486869. Alternatively, you can email us at: registrar@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk|.

 

Persons under the age of 18 years

If either of the persons intending to get married are under the age of 18 years, and are not a widow or widower, then the parents’ or guardians’ agreement to the marriage must be produced to the Superintendent Registrar, before the Legal Notice of Marriage can be given. A form is available from the Register Office for this purpose.

If your parents are divorced, you may also need to provide the court order that gives custody to one of them.

Please note: all documentation produced must be originals. Photocopies are not acceptable. For more information/advice please contact your local register office.

Our Civil Weddings

We offer a wide choice of wedding ceremony formats, from a simple informal ceremony with just a few guests, to more formal ceremonies with bridesmaids, pageboys and many guests.

Whatever kind of ceremony you may wish to have, our expert and dedicated team will help you plan the ceremony of your dreams, making it a happy and memorable occasion.

Register Office Ceremony

The Register Office is situated in the town centre at the Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd. There are two rooms available for ceremonies. The Register Office sits up to 10 people and the Evan James Suite sits up to 45 people.

You are of course welcome to view the rooms at any time, before booking your ceremony. A small non-refundable booking fee is charged to provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony in advance of entering your legal notice.

We recognise that your wedding day should be a memorable and special occasion. Our registration team are dedicated to ensuring that your ceremony will play an important part in that.

To ensure we get it just right, before the date of your ceremony, we will send you a questionnaire, which we would like you to complete and return to us, (at least one week before the date of your wedding), so we can arrange the ceremony according to your wishes.

Ceremonies are held between 9.30am and 3pm on weekdays and up to 1pm on Saturdays. We advise you to make your booking well in advance to secure your preferred date and time.

Ceremonies at the Municipal Buildings normally take abut 20 minutes. Guests should arrange to meet at the venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. Brides are asked to be on time as other ceremonies are booked at intervals throughout the day.

Please note: on the day of the wedding, you must be accompanied by at least two credible witnesses.

Parking

Unfortunately, parking facilities are not available at the Register Office. However, there is a large public car park situated at "Goods Yard" (Behind the Bus Station) nearby. The Bridal car will be given a parking permit entitling them to park in the designated parking area at the side of the Municipal Buildings for the duration of the ceremony. Please note: parking spaces cannot be guaranteed.

Approved Premise Ceremony

Marriage - arrangement and ceremonyYour wedding day is a unique and special occasion and the venue you choose to hold the ceremony can help make this day a memorable and enchanting experience for both yourselves and your guests. Imagine exchanging vows in attractive historical locations. Picture your photographs set in impressive gardens and surrounded by trees and colourful flowers. Our venues offer couples the opportunity to have that perfect romantic day, offering memories to last a lifetime.

Your wedding day is a unique and special occasion and the venue you choose to hold the ceremony can help make this day a memorable and enchanting experience for both yourselves and your guests. Imagine exchanging vows in attractive historical locations. Picture your photographs set in impressive gardens and surrounded by trees and colourful flowers. Our venues offer couples the opportunity to have that perfect romantic day, offering memories to last a lifetime.

If you should decide to get married at one of our Approved Premises, you should contact the venue of your choice and make a provisional booking with the person concerned, you MUST then confirm this booking with the Superintendent Registrar at Pontypridd Register Office, to ensure that registration officers will be available on the day, to conduct the ceremony and register the marriage.

Marriage - arrangement and ceremony

Please note: it is essential that you agree the date and time of your wedding, with BOTH the Superintendent Registrar and the Responsible Person at your chosen venue BEFORE making any other arrangements for your wedding. A small non-refundable booking fee is charged to provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony in advance of entering your legal notice.

Once you have confirmed your wedding date and time, you will then need to make an appointment to give your Legal Notice of Intention to Marry, to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you live.

If you would like information regarding Licensing a building for ceremonies please click on the link below:

How to Licence a building for Ceremonies|

Once legal notice has been entered, you will receive written confirmation of your booking assuring you of our attendance at your ceremony. In this confirmation we will ask you to arrange to make an appointment approximately 6 weeks prior to the ceremony to discuss the format and content of your ceremony and to pay our attendance fees.

On the day of the ceremony guests should be asked to arrive at the venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. Brides are asked to be on time as Registration Officers often have to attend other ceremonies on a tight schedule.

Approved premises

Approved Premises within Rhondda Cynon Taf are as follows:

 

Adverse Weather Warning

Certain areas of the County Borough can experience sudden and adverse wether conditions. Although every effort will be made to attend all ceremonies, couples are reminded that it may be impossible for registration staff to attend should extreme weather conditions occur. This situation will only arise in very severe circumstances but you should consider very seriously the possibility that a journey to the venue by Registration Officers may need to be aborted and the Council will take no responsibility for the cancellation of any ceremonies if this situation should arise.

Whether you wish to have a short informal ceremony with only a few guests, or an enhanced formal one with many guests, our dedicated registration team will be happy and pleased to help you plan the ceremony of your dreams.

We are happy to offer suggestions on how to make your ceremony a memorable one tailored to your individuality as a couple.

Whilst there are certain Legal Vows you must say during the ceremony, we have a varied choice of “Enhancements” which you may, if you wish, add to your vows, or you may prefer to write your own special and meaningful words to one another. Whatever you decide upon, our experienced and friendly team will help you plan your perfect ceremony.

Couples sometimes wish to enhance their ceremony further by having poetry or readings. We have a selection available for you to choose from, or you may prefer to supply your own. If you decide to use your own poem then please ensure a copy is available for the Superintendent Registrar to see prior to your ceremony.

You will need to speak to the responsible person at the venue regarding facilities for your music. Generally speaking you will need at least four pieces of music to be played:

  • As your guests arrive
  • For the entrance of the Bride/Bridal party
  • During the signing of the register
  • For the Bride and Groom's departure

Please note: any enhancements chosen, including any music, poetry or readings, must be non-religious in nature.

Getting Married in a Church or other Religious Building

Couples wishing to be Married in the Church of England or the Church in Wales, (generally you would only be able to do so if you or your partner live in the Parish where the Church is situated), should first speak with the appropriate vicar. He /she will then arrange for the Banns to be called on three Sundays before the date of the wedding, or for a common licence to be issued.

In the above circumstances, there is generally no need to involve a Superintendent Registrar.

If however, you wish to be married in any other Church or religious building (generally you would only be able to do so if you or your partner live in the district in which the Church or Religious Building is situated), you should first contact the Minister or governing body of the appropriate building to agree a date and time for the ceremony but you must also contact the Register Office to make an appointment to enter legal notice of your intention to marry. A marriage can only take place in a building that hs been registered for marriage and the ceremony must be according to non-conformist rites for example, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic etc. A small non-refundable booking fee is charge to provisionally book a date and time for your ceremony in advance of entering your legal notice.

Although the marriage is likely to be conducted by a Minister, Priest, Imam etc, a Registrar is usually needed to register the marriage and you will need to make sure a Registrar is available to attend before making any other arrangements for the ceremony.

Both parties to the intended Marriage are required by law to give Legal Notice of their intention to marry, to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which they live. A Wedding cannot take place unless civil preliminaries to the marriage have been entered. You will be asked to pay the fee for the Registrar's attendance in advance of the ceremony when you enter your legal notices.

Although the content of your ceremony will be discussed with the minister conducting your ceremony your guests should be asked to arrive at the venue approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. Brides are asked to be on time as Registrars often have to attend other ceremonies on a tight schedule.

Adverse Weather Warning

Certain areas of the County Borough can experience sudden and adverse weather conditions. Although every effort will be made to attend all ceremonies, couples are reminded that it may be impossible for Registration Officers to attend should extreme weather conditions occur. Ths situation will only arise in very severe circumstances but you should consider very seriously the possibility that a journey to the venue by Registration Officers may need to be aborted and the Council will take no responsibility for the cancellation of any ceremonies if this situation should arise.

FEES

Cost of Getting Married within England and Wales

(Fees applicable to a Register Office Ceremony)

There are 4 separate parts to pay:-

Booking Fee - This small non-refundable booking fee is a separate charge to secure your favoured date and time in advance of your ceremony.

Notice of Marriage - This fee is paid to the Superintendent Registrar when you give your legal notice in the district where you live. It cannot be refunded if the wedding is cancelled after legal notice has been entered.

Ceremony Fee - This fee is for the attendance of the Registration Officers at your ceremony and is required in advance at the time of the notice. This fee can be refunded if the wedding is cancelled as long as notice of cancellation is received in writing at least one month prior to the proposed ceremony.

Certificate Fee - You may require a legal certificate of your marriage for legal or evidential purposes. You may purchase as many as you wish on the day of your ceremony.

Register Office Ceremony, Notice of Marriage and Certificate fees are set by Statute. Other fees are set by the Local Authority. All fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Fees applicable for Register Office Ceremonies

Approved Venue Ceremonies

(Fees applicaple to a ceremony at an Approved Venue)

Booking Fee - This small non-refundable booking fee is a separate charge to secure your favoured date and time in advance of your ceremony.

Notice of Marriage - This fee is paid to the Superintendent Registrar when you give your legal notice in the district where you live. It cannot be refunded if the wedding is cancelled after legal notice has been entered.

Ceremony Fee - This fee is for the attendance of the Registration Officers at your ceremony and is required in advance approximately six weeks prior to the ceremony. This fee can be refunded if the wedding is canceled as long as notice of your cancellation is received in writing at least one month prior to the proposed ceremony.

Certificate Fee - You may require a legal certificate of your marriage for legal or evidential purposes. You may purchase as many as you wish on the day of your ceremony.

Notice of Marriage and Certificate fees are set by Statute. Other fees are set by the local authority. All fees are reviwed annually and are subject to change.

Fees applicable for an Approved Venue Ceremony

Please note: A further charge is also likely to be made by the owners of the building for the use of the premises.

Marriage in a Religious Building

(other than in a Church of England or Church in Wales)

(Fees applicable to a Marriage in a Religious Building)

There are 4 separate parts to pay:

Booking Fee - This small non-refundable booking fee is a separate charge to secure your favoured date and time in advance of your ceremony.

Notice of Marriage - This fee is paid to the Superintendent Registrar when you give your legal notice in the district where you live. It cannot be refunded if the wedding is cancelled after legal notice has been entered.

Ceremony Fee - This fee is for the attendance of the Registration Officers at your ceremony and is required in advance at the time of notice. This fee can be refunded if the wedding is cancelled as long as notice of cancellation is received in writing at least one month prior to the proposed ceremony.

Certificate Fee - You may require a legal certificate of your marriage for legal or evidential purposes. You may purchase as many as you wish on the day of your ceremony.

Ceremony, Notice of Marriage and Certificate fees are set by Statute. Other fees are set by the Local Authority. All fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Fees applicable for a Church or Chapel Ceremony

Making a Provisional Booking

A notice of marriage is valid for one year, but it is always advisable to make a booking as soon as you can. This applies whether you are marrying at the Register Office, in one of our Approved Premises or at a Church or Chapel where a registrar is required to attend.

Most  venues within the district run a provisional booking system, this allows you to book your wedding further ahead enabling couples to make all the necessary arrangements in good time.

A provisional booking should be made in writing to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you intend to get married. your legal notice of marriage must then be given to the Supeintendent Registrar of the district in which you live, within one year of the date of the ceremony regardless of where within England or Wales the marriage is to take place.

Please note: Rhondda Cynon Taf now charge a non-refundable booking fee at the time of the booking to provisionally secure the date and time of your ceremony.

Getting married elsewhere

Sometimes a couple may wish to marry outside of the district in which they live.

Apart from marrying in a Church, you can get married at any Register Office or within England and Wales. You can also get married in other premises that have been approved for Civil Ceremonies.

If you have decided to arrange a Civil Marriage Ceremony with another Register Office or with an Approved Premise outside the district of Rhondda Cynon Taf, you will need to contact the Superintendent Registrar at the relevant Register Office to ensure they can accommodate the time and date you have chosen for your ceremony.

If either, or both, of the parties to the intended marriage live within the district of Rhondda Cynon Taf, they will need to make an appointment with the Superintendent Registrar of the district to give Legal Notice of intent to Marry.

A Legal Notice of intent to Marry has to be given in person, by each party to the intended marriage, to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which they live.

Parties Domiciled Abroad

If either of the parties to the intended marriage live outside England and Wales and want to get married either in a church or chapel, or by civil ceremony within England and Wales, please contact a Register Office for more information/advice.

Parties subject to immigration control

If you are planning to get married in the UK after the 1 February 2005 and you are subject to immigration control while in the UK, you will need to follow new rules.

I want to get married in the UK and I am overseas

You will need to obtain a visa or entry clearance as either a finance/e or a marriage visitor.

These rules apply, even if you are a national of a country where there is normally no need for a visa to enter the UK. You won’t be able to give notice to marry to a registrar without the correct valid sticker in your passport or travel document.

You should apply for your visa or entry clearance at a British Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission in your country of origin, or in the country overseas where you are normally resident.

If both people getting married are subject to immigration control, they both need to make separate applications and each pay a fee for their certificate of approval.

I want to get married in the UK and I am already in the country

If you have settled status in the UK, such as indefinite leave to enter or remain, then you will not require a certificate of approval for marriage to give notice of your intention to marry to a Registrar. However, if you don’t have settle status in the UK, you will need to apply for a certificate of approval from the Home Office.

Certificate application forms are available from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate| on 0870 241 0645.

Giving notice to marry at a designated Register Office

If you are subject to immigration control, you and the person you plan to marry will need to give Notice of Marriage at a Designated Register Office. All Registration Offices within Scotland and Northern Ireland are designated offices, together with 76 selected Register Offices within England and Wales.

A list of the 76 offices designated within England and Wales is available on the General Register Office website| and the Immigration and Nationality Directorate website|.

Bi-lingual Ceremony

Sometimes couples wish to have their ceremony conducted in Welsh. Whilst others may wish to have their Marriage Certificate completed in both English and Welsh with the ceremony being conducted in English only.

If you are a fluent Welsh speaker and would like your ceremony conducted in Welsh, or to have your marriage registered, including your marriage certificate, in both English and Welsh, please discuss your requirements with the Superintendent Registrar when you contact us to arrange your wedding.

If you require special assistance

If English is not your first language you may need an interpreter to attend the Register Office with you when you attend to give your Legal Notice of intention to Marry, and also on the day of the wedding during the actual ceremony.

A relative or friend can act as an interpreter for you, but please remember, you must attend personally to give your Legal Notice at the Register Office, a relative or friend cannot attend instead of you.

Disclaimer

The information included in these pages is for general guidance purposes only and is not a complete or exhaustive explanation of current Marriage Laws.

If you require additional information on the Marriage Laws of England and Wales please contact:

The Registrar General
General Register Office
Smedley Hydro
Trafalgar Road
Southport
PR8 2HH

Telephone: 0870 243 7788
Fax: 01704 550013

Further Information

Further Information can be obtained from the following:

General Register Office for Scotland|
New Register House
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 3YT

Telephone: 0131 334 0380
Email: records@gro-scotland.gov.uk|

Registrar General for Irish Republic|
Joyce House
8-11 Lombard Street
East Dublin 2 

Telephone: 003531 671 1000

Registrar General for Northern Ireland| 
Oxford House
49-55 Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 4HL

Telephone: 02890 25200

Contact Us

Superintendent Registrar
Register Office
Municipal Buildings
Gelliwastad Road
Pontypridd

Telephone: 01443 486869
Email: Registrar@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk|

If you would like to complete a short survey on our standard of service please click on the link below

Marriage Services Questionnaire/Survey|

Link to Service Standards|