Our unique choice of venues and experienced team of registrars make Southampton a great choice for your marriage ceremony.
Wedding ceremonies at the Southampton Register Office are held in the Golden Jubilee Room, the Magnolia Room and the Register Office Room.
Ceremonies in the Golden Jubilee Room and Magnolia Room are suited to a more formal occasion, with the option of having as many as 55 guests or as few as 10. Ceremonies in these rooms can be enhanced with music, readings and a choice of vows. These ceremonies are 30 minutes and are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in both rooms, and just the Magnolia Room on a Tuesday afternoon.
Alternatively, you may decide to have a low-key pre-set ceremony with no embellishments and just two witnesses present. A ceremony in the Register Office room will not be in a formal ceremony room. The room is only available on Wednesdays at 9:30am and 10am, and will last about 20 minutes.
What happens on the day?
If you are having your ceremony in the Golden Jubilee Room or the Magnolia Room, 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 and going out to our pretty courtyard for further photographs.
A ceremony in the Register Office room will start with you both checking the details that are going to be entered in the marriage register and on your marriage certificate. The Superintendent will then bring your two witnesses in and a short prescribed ceremony will then follow. After the register has been signed by yourself and your two witnesses, you will be presented with your marriage certificate. The ceremony will take about 20 minutes.
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.'