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Ceremonies at York Register Office

We've provided the following information to help you prepare for the time when ceremonies can recommence:


Ceremonies in the Bootham Suite

You can hire rooms in The Bootham Suite if you want a ceremony as part of your civil marriage or partnership.

  Guest limit Cost Monday to Thursday Cost Friday and Saturday
Larger room 9 or more* £269.00 £366.00
Smaller room 8 £157.00 £215.00

Your ceremony in the Bootham Suite can be enhanced with readings, your own vows and music; you'll also have access to the picturesque gardens - find out more about facilities at York Register Office and what to expect on your ceremony day.

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Small celebrations at York Register Office

Small marriages and civil partnership celebrations can be conducted in the Register Office (subject to availability), with a guest limit of 2. The cost for these ceremonies is £46.00.

These ceremonies will be held in a working office and not in one of our Bootham Suite rooms.

You'll need to arrange your own witnesses. We're unable to provide any witnesses on the day of your ceremony.

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2-part ceremonies

Currently a marriage or civil partnership ceremony must be held in an approved venue to be legal, however if you are looking for an alternative venue you can contact York Register Office to discuss your options.

One option is to have a 2-part ceremony.

We offer a 2-part ceremony where you have the legal ceremony in our Bootham Suite. This usually takes place on a Thursday. You can invite up to 8 guests, however, the minimum to attend is 2 witnesses.

The second celebratory ceremony can take place at a venue of your choice in our district, this includes such venues as:

  • your home or garden
  • a boat
  • a farm
  • a special place that means something to you

This venue would require a risk assessment and you would need permission from the proprietor. You can email: ceremonies@york.gov.uk for further information about 2-part ceremonies.

The fee for the 2-part ceremony is £699, which includes the cost of the risk assessment and both ceremonies.

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Getting married elsewhere in York

See a map of 'approved' marriage venues in York. The fees for registrars to attend these venues are:

  • Monday to Thursday: £557.00
  • Friday and Saturday: £646.00
  • Sundays and Bank Holidays: £699.00

This is in addition to the fee for 'giving notice of marriage' and is totally separate to any fee charged by the venue.

Please make postal orders payable to 'City of York Council' or pay by telephone using your debit or credit card (terms and conditions apply). We do not accept cheques.

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Booking a ceremony at York Register Office

Contact York Register Office to provisionally book a date and time for your marriage or civil partnership. This can be more than a year in advance of your proposed date, if necessary.

You’ll need to pay the non-refundable, deductible deposit of £50.00 when you book.

Also see

York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477