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The excitement is building, your special day is almost here, and the staff at Southampton Registration Services are looking forward to making sure your day is a memorable and enjoyable day for all.

The last few things we need you to do before your Ceremony

1. Pay the ceremony fee

The fee for your ceremony is payable at least one month in advance of your ceremony date. This fee can be paid at the time you give your notice, over the telephone or in person. We accept all major debit/credit cards except American Express. The fee includes one certificate.

You may find that you will need more than this to inform people of your new marital status and or any change of name. You can order additional copies when paying the ceremony fee and these will be sent on to you after the ceremony.

2. Plan your ceremony

If your ceremony is in the Golden Jubilee Room, Magnolia Room or one of our approved venues, you should have received a ‘Notes for Ceremony’ form either in a pack or sent an electronic version. This form should be completed and returned to our office at least one month before the ceremony date. Any readings will also need to be submitted for approval. This can be done via our online form, by post or by dropping it into our office.

The 'Notes for Ceremony' form can only be used once you have made a provisional booking and given your notices of marriage. This form cannot be used to book your ceremony. More information can be found on our website about booking your ceremony, legal requirements for giving notice of marriage and civil partnerships.

Ceremonies in the small Register Office Room are pre-set with no options to enhance your ceremony, so we do not require you to complete this form.

If you have any queries, a guide to completing your notes for ceremony form is available online, or you can drop us an email at registrars@southampton.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please be aware that this form will form the basis of your ceremony and so without it we cannot plan your ceremony.