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How to book your wedding ceremony


The Kent Registration Service would like to congratulate you on choosing a venue for your ceremony. There are now some things you have to do to ensure a Registrar and Celebrant are booked to conduct your ceremony.




Once you have confirmed your booking your ceremony venue they will enter your details onto an online booking system. This notifies your local Ceremonies Team of your provisional booking. The Ceremonies Team will then email or send you a booking confirmation letter.




1) A non-refundable booking confirmation fee is payable to Kent County Council within two weeks of receiving the booking confirmation letter.*


2) A ceremony fee also applies. This can be paid at any time up to 16 weeks before your wedding day. Once this payment has been received, your Ceremony Choices Pack will be sent to you so you can personalise your ceremony.


Legal preliminaries (Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership)


Before your ceremony, you will have to give a ‘notice of marriage or civil partnership’ in the district where you live. This notice must be given in person by each of you at your local registration office and is valid for 12 months. There is a 28 day waiting period after giving notice before the marriage can take place. If either of you are a Non-EEA National, this waiting period may be extended to 70 days before you can get married. We therefore recommend you do not delay giving your notice of marriage.


You will need to bring certain documents with you to the appointment; this will depend upon personal circumstances. We will advise you of this when you book.


Please see our website for fees, full details on legal preliminaries and our Terms and Conditions -


*If the KCC booking confirmation fee is not received within two weeks, then unfortunately your booking will be cancelled.


Only a civil, non-religious ceremony can be permitted by the Kent Registration Service at a Kent or Bexley venue.


If you wish to make any changes to your ceremony booking, please let us know immediately. Please note any changes to your confirmed booking, including cancellation, will incur additional fees.


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