Our unique choice of venues and experienced team of registrars make Southampton a great choice for your marriage ceremony
Southampton Registration Services are proud to offer you a choice of unique ceremony rooms at the Register Office in Bugle Street and also now Westgate Hall, which is just a short walk away. We also have a selection of approved venues throughout the City for you to choose from.
Westgate Hall, is a stunning Grade II listed building dating back to the 15th century. The Hall provides a historic and atmospheric surroundings for you to have your ceremony in and comfortably accommodates up to 74 guests. The old walls and nearby park area provide a lovely backdrop to any photographs and the selection of nearby restaurants and bars offer everything you need for celebrating your special day. Ceremonies at Westgate Hall are booked hourly, giving you more time for photographs, readings and additional vows. We offer ceremonies for weddings, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming celebrations in this venue.
Parking for Westgate Hall
The Westgate Hall is in one of the most historic and picturesque areas of the City, but unfortunately does not have any parking facilities.
You are welcome to park one ceremony car only outside the Westgate Hall, providing that someone stays with the vehicle at all times. This is usually the chauffeur if you have hired a car. There are double yellow lines along the whole of Westgate street, and the usual fines would apply. We ask that you make your guests aware of alternative parking nearby.
The Westgate Hall is set in a quiet residential area. You and your guests should respectfully arrive and leave quietly, to ensure that we do not disturb the peace of our local residents.
Bugle street venues
Ceremonies in the Golden Jubilee Room are suited to parties of up to 55. Ceremonies can be enhanced with music, readings and a choice of vows. These ceremonies are 30 minutes and are offered on Tuesdays, and Thursdays through to Saturday. We offer ceremonies for weddings, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming celebrations in this venue.
For something a little more intimate, you can book your marriage or civil partnership ceremony in our Magnolia Room. This room is a little less formal and is licensed for up to 10 guests. These ceremonies are 30 minutes and are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some availability on a Friday.
Parking for Southampton Register Office
Guests attending ceremonies at Southampton Register Office are kindly asked not to park in our car park as spaces are very limited. Parking is available for one ceremony car only, and must be parked in a marked bay (Larger cars and limousines will need to park outside on Bugle Street). We ask that you make your guests aware of alternative parking nearby.
There is one disabled bay inside the Register Office gates and one just outside on the Street. If they are both taken, you will need to find alternative parking.
What happens on the day?
You will meet the Registrar just before the ceremony. The Registrar will check the details that are going to be entered in the marriage register and on your marriage certificate. The Superintendent Registrar will then talk through the ceremony with you. You can choose to do this together or separately.
While you are speaking with the registrar, the guests will be taking their seats in the ceremony room. The ceremony will start with the entrance to the music you have previously chosen, followed by the welcoming and ceremony introduction.
The Superintendent Registrar will conduct the ceremony that is personalised by your choice of vows, promises, music and readings. At the end of the ceremony you both sign the register with your two witnesses. There will then be the opportunity for your guests to take some photographs, before being presented with your marriage certificate before going outside for further photographs.
How do I book a ceremony?
You can book a marriage ceremony over the telephone or by calling in to the Register Office. A non-refundable booking fee is required to be paid at the time of booking, so please have your debit or credit card to hand if you are contacting us by telephone.
Once you have booked your ceremony you will be asked to book your notice of marriage appointment.
How much does a ceremony cost?
Full details on all our fees and booking terms are detailed on our ceremony fees pages.
'Many thanks to the registrar for making my son's wedding so special.
I had never attended a register office wedding, and I was very impressed. The Golden Jubilee room was beautiful.'