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Getting married or forming a civil partnership?

Congratulations!

As you embark on one of the most important occasions of your life you will no doubt have more questions than answers. We hope these webpages will help by explaining some of the choices you have in where, when and how you celebrate your wedding and guide you through the required legal formalities.

We will help you create your own special occasion - help you design your ceremony around all that is important to you, and ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

This acts as a guide to the facilities and choices available to you and, later, to the legal formalities which are necessary to enable a couple to marry or form a civil partnership anywhere in England or Wales.

Within the Dudley registration district we can offer you a ceremony in a choice of two ceremony rooms at Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley DY1 4EU. Dudley council is committed to providing an excellent standard of service and customer care. We pride ourselves on our choice of venues and a high degree of expertise from the staff in the register office.  We want to ensure that your wedding is both a joyful and memorable experience.

In Dudley registration district, ceremonies are performed by appointment. We can offer you various enhancements to your ceremony.  

NEW - We now have a Flickr page - please share your Priory Hall pictures and videos with us.

Go to www.flickr.com/groups/priory-hall and click on ‘Add Photos’.  

Where can I hold my ceremony?

Priory Hall 

Dudley register office is located at Priory Hall, which stands in the centre of the beautiful Priory Park and 12th Century St James Priory ruins. The office offers two ceremony venues, The Priory Suite or The Castle Suite as well as the statutory register office.

There is a side entrance for wheelchair access and there are toilet facilities for people with disabilities.

Ceremonies are performed Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for most of the year. In winter the appointment times will vary according to the daylight hours. There is a choice of two ceremony rooms available at Priory Hall; the Priory Suite and the Castle Suite. The statutory register office is the superintendent registrar's office and can only accommodate a basic 'no frills' ceremony for the couple, two witnesses and two guests.

The Priory Suite 

Within Priory Hall is The Priory Suite, a high quality approved premise that can accommodate up to 57 guests.  It retains the original, hand carved, full oak panelling, windows and stone fireplaces.  It is furnished to a very high standard of décor. The premise is a popular and highly sort after venue that ensures that extra special wedding experience. A ceremony here can be tailor made to include ushering, music, and poetry readings etc.  There is some car parking available for guests and wedding cars are able to stop outside the entrance.  (Disabled parking is also available).  We apologise; currently there are building works taking place in the park that are limiting car parking capacity, please allow extra time to find a car parking space.

Priory Suite bookings available due to cancellations! Friday 12th September @ 2pm, Saturday 13th September @ 10am and 19th September @ 11am

The Castle Suite 

The Castle Suite can accommodate up to 24 guests.  This room is half oak panelled, with original windows and has quality furnishings in tones of silver and blue.  Gentle background music is played before and after an informal ceremony.

Dudley Register office is situated in Priory Hall in the grounds of Priory Park. There is no charge for parking at the Priory, in addition there is on-street parking available and nearby pay and display car parks.

Priory Hall is set in acres of mature well-maintained parkland, which contain the 12th century St James Priory Ruins, affording many beautiful photographic points for wedding pictures within this setting.

Out of respect for all parties who use our ceremony suite facilities guests are asked to wait until they are outside the building before throwing confetti or rice. Please ask your guests to only throw biodegradable confetti.

Priory Hall open day is an annual event giving couples looking to tie the knot an opportunity to look around the hall and grounds. The event is attended by various wedding related service providers and all those attending can enter their names in a free draw to win a Priory Suite wedding!

Approved premises

Across the borough of Dudley there are also several other venues (known as approved premises) approved to hold marriages and civil partnerships:

Venues currently approved are The Village Hotel DudleyThe Copthorne HotelThe Limestone CavernsThe Quality HotelThe Black Country Living Museum and Benjamins Banqueting Suites.

How do I arrange my ceremony?

Provisional bookings for ceremonies are taken by telephone or in person up to 12 months in advance of your wedding. A credit or debit card payment is required to book a ceremony. For Priory Suite and approved premises ceremonies a £50 deposit is taken at the time the ceremony is booked. This is non refundable. If your ceremony is to be held within the next three months the full payment will be required at the time your ceremony is booked. Where the total ceremony fee is below £100 you will be required to pay for the ceremony in full at the time the provisional arrangement is made.

Please note: If you wish to change the date, time or venue of a ceremony you have already booked within the Dudley Borough there will be an administration fee of £20 payable.

The ceremony co-ordinator will call you within two working days to make a ceremony booking if you supply your day time contact number and your ceremony requirements.

Planning ahead? Why not save the date for your big day?

Couples looking to tie the knot in Dudley can take advantage of a save the date service.

Couples wishing to marry or register a civil partnership in Dudley borough are able to pencil in their date up to two years in advance of their ceremony date. The save the date service allows couples to book the registrars to attend their ceremony or reserve their chosen date and time at the popular Priory Hall or for other venues within the Dudley Borough. Bookings can currently be made within one year of any ceremony but the 'Save The Date' service, which costs just £50, allows people to make plans up to two years before their big day.

To make a booking with the save the date service couples should contact the ceremony co-ordinator  at Dudley register office.

How much will it cost?

Please note, our fees are updated on 1st April each year. 

The fee for your ceremony in the Dudley borough will vary according to the day, time and venue. The same fee is charged for all ceremony types; marriages, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies and renewal of marriage vows.

Dudley Register Office (The Superintendent’s office) – seats a maximum 4 guests

  • This is the statutory room offering a basic statutory ceremony for £46.00

The Castle Suite, Priory Hall, Dudley – seats a  maximum 24 guests

  • This is a delightful ceremony room offering a less formal ceremony for £46.00 for Dudley borough residents Monday to Friday

  •  If neither the bride or groom reside in the Dudley Borough at the time notice is given, the ceremony fee for the Castle Suite is £80.00 Monday to Friday (£100 from 1st April 2015) 

  • A Saturday ceremony in the Castle Suite is £150.00. If either the bride or groom is a Dudley Borough resident the fee for a ceremony on a Saturday morning is £46.00.

The Priory Suite, Priory Hall, Dudley – seats a maximum 57 guests

Ceremonies held in the Priory Suite can be enhanced to meet your own personal requirements: You may add one or two readings to your ceremony, you may select your own choice of music, a bride can choose to be ‘given away’ and brides can make a traditional entrance.

Fees for 1 April 2014 to 31st March 2015

  • Monday to Thursday - £165

  • Friday - £220

  • Saturday - £320

  • Sunday - £495

Fees for 1 April 2015 to 31st March 2016

  • Monday to Thursday - £180

  • Friday - £250

  • Saturday - £350

  • Sunday - £515

Approved premises in the Dudley Borough - Registrars can officiate at any of these venues for all ceremony types

Arrangements for these ceremonies must be made with the venue and with the register office. Ceremonies held at approved premises can be enhanced to meet your own personal requirements: you may add one or two readings to your ceremony, you may select your own choice of music, a bride can choose to be ‘given away’ and brides can make a traditional entrance.

Fees for 1 April 2014 to 31st March 2015

  • Monday to Friday - £320

  • Saturday - £390

  • Sunday - £475

Fees for 1 April 2015 to 31st March 2016

  • Monday to Thursday - £330

  • Friday - £340

  • Saturday - £400

  • Sunday - £485

Please note the fees are for the registrars attending an approved premise to officiate at your ceremony. Additional fees will be payable to the venue.

Please add £4.00 to the above fees for your marriage or civil partnership certificate issued at the time of your ceremony.

The statutory fee to give notice is £35.00 each. This fee will be taken at the time the appointment is booked.

What do I do next?

Once you have made a provisional ceremony booking you will need to give notice of marriage or civil partnership as soon as possible. This is the legal process that has to take place before the ceremony can go ahead and must be done in person at your local register office. Once both parties have given notice, we will confirm your ceremony arrangements and provide you with an information pack that explains all that you need to know to prepare for your ceremony and what will happen on the day. 

When can same-sex couples marry?

The law changed in 2013 to allow same-sex couples to marry and the provisions from this law came into force on 29th March 2014. Same-sex couples who are not already in an existing legal relationship, can now marry in England or Wales. If you are already civil partners and want to convert your existing partnership into a marriage you will have to wait until phase 2 of the legislation is introduced. This will be on 10th December 2014. The statutory fee for a civil partnership to be converted into a marriage is £45. For couples who formed their civil partnership before 29th March 2014 and convert it into a marriage before 10th December 2015 this fee will be waived. If you wish to follow the administrative conversion process with a marriage celebration ceremony the normal ceremony fees will apply. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-same-sex-weddings-to-happen-from-29-march-2014 .

Thinking about a civil partnership?

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5th December 2005 and allows same-sex couples to have their relationships legally recognised. The status demonstrates an important commitment and confers similar rights and responsibilities as civil marriage across a wide range of legal matters.

A civil partnership is formed when a couple sign a document (the schedule) in the presence of a civil partnership registrar and two witnesses. Most couples choose to hold a ceremony alongside the legal signing. The cost is the same whether you hold a ceremony or choose to just attend with your witnesses to sign the schedule.

Civil partners will enjoy most of the same state pension rights as husbands and wives.  Entitlement will further extend to schemes that currently pay survivor benefits to widows and widowers. Equal rights for civil partners will also extend into areas such as childcare and maintenance, property inheritance and life assurance.

In the event of the breakdown of a relationship, the dissolution of a civil partnership can be sought through due legal process.  In such circumstances, the court will have the power to deal with any resulting matters of property division or maintenance.

A new booklet is being circulated through Citizens Advise Bureaux, libraries and register offices, and can be downloaded from the Women and Equality Unit website 

What is a renewal of marriage vows ceremony?

This ceremony is for any married couple that wish to celebrate renewing their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

Often these ceremonies are associated with a special wedding anniversary such as the tenth, twenty-fifth etc. but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage. 

Many couples who get married abroad choose to renew their Marriage Vows in a special event held for family and friends on their return.

The Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony is as individual as the couple arranging the celebration.  The ceremony is created by the couple with the help of the Celebrant, and just as no two marriage unions are the same, no two Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremonies will be the same.

Take the time to consider which options are appropriate and have special meaning.  As you consider the choices and make your selections you will be creating a unique ceremony reflecting your commitment to one another which will be fondly remembered by you and your guests.

Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony your children, guests who were at the wedding and any friends and relatives.  You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the Certificate of the event.

Who can have a ceremony?

Any married couple, of any age and married for any length of time, can arrange a Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony.  It does not matter if you do not live in the area where you want your ceremony.

A 'celebrant' will conduct your ceremony but will not be acting in any official capacity, even if they also work as a registrar.  Celebrants are trained and experienced in conducting many different ceremonies so do ask their advice on anything you are unsure about.

How can I arrange a renewal of vows ceremony?

Provisional bookings for ceremonies are taken by telephone or in person up to 12 months in advance of your wedding. A credit or debit card payment is required to book a ceremony. A £50 deposit is taken at the time the ceremony is booked. This is non refundable. If your ceremony is to be held within the next three months the full payment will be required at the time your ceremony is booked.

Please note: If you wish to change the date, time or venue of a ceremony you have already booked within the Dudley Borough there will be an administration fee of £20 payable.

The ceremony co-ordinator will call you within two working days to make a ceremony booking if you supply your day time contact number and your ceremony requirements.

Do you need to contact us?

Contact Dudley Citizenship & Registration Services on-line or telephone 01384 815373. Please note our lines are quieter in the afternoons.