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Getting married or forming a civil partnership

We offer a choice of two ceremony venues: Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley DY1 4EU and Thomas Robinson Building, Cemetery Road, Stourbridge DY9 8AN. Both are beautiful Grade 2 listed buildings kept to a high standard and offer stunning photographic opportunities within the buildings and grounds.

Covid-19 Update

Marriages and civil partnerships are currently taking place with the normal room capacities applied at Priory Hall and Thomas Robinson Building. They are required to be held in a Covid secure setting with social distancing measures in place where possible. Some restrictions on numbers may apply elsewhere, please discuss with your venue.

We ask all guests to observe social distancing guidance and wear face coverings to keep everyone safe. The lasted Government guidance can be found online.

Important Notice

Demand for our service is currently very high.  We will get back to you as soon as we can.  Please bear with us as our response times are longer than normal.  Thank you.

You will find lots of pictures of Priory Hall and Thomas Robinson Building marriages on our Facebook  and Instagram pages. Please feel free to share your pictures and videos with us.

Annual open days and wedding exhibitions are held at both our venues. Due to the pandemic, we do not know when we will be able to hold our next open day.

In addition to two stunning venues we offer a wide selection of services and products to make planning your ceremony easy and affordable. From invitations and bridal bouquets to photographers and wedding cars, we have it all covered. You can personalise your ceremony by selecting your choice of vows, promises and music to adding in a sand ceremony which symbolises two lives joining together. Our full range of options is available for Priory Suite and Wollescote Suite ceremonies however some choices are not available if you are marrying in the Castle Suite, register office and at approved premises.

January Sale!

 If you love a bargain why not plan a wedding in January? We offer half price ceremonies every Saturday in January in both the Priory Suite and the Wollescote Suite saving couples £200. Contact our ceremony team to arrange a date.

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special, from the initial visit and open day to the extras and answering all our queries! As well as the day itself which was completely perfect. We are so happy we chose to get married in your lovely hall and have the most beautiful pictures and memories... Hannah and Rob
  • Priory Hall ceremony venue
  • Priory Suite
  • Priory Suite window view
  • Castle Suite, Priory Hall
  • Priory Hall from the rose garden
  • View to wards the ruins
  • Priory Ruins
  • Walking towards the Priory Ruins
  • Priory Park in Spring
  • Priory Hall from the Ruins

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 toilet facilities for people with disabilities.

Ceremonies are performed every day from 10:00  to 16:00 for most of the year.  In winter appointment times will vary according to 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 very basic 'no frills' ceremony for the couple, two witnesses and two guests.

Priory Hall is situated in the grounds of Priory Park.  There is no charge for parking at the Hall, 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.

  • Thomas Robinson Building from sunken garden
  • First weddimg at Thomas Robinson Building
  • Thomas Robinson Building wedding
  • Chauffeur driven Jaguar wedding car
  • Wollescote Suite, Thomas Robinson Building
  • Wollescote Suite doorway view
  • Tree lined view to Thomas Robinson Building

Thomas Robinson Building

The Thomas Robinson Building is now home to Dudley registration service in the Stourbridge part of the borough. The former Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels building, now owned by the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, has received Heritage Lottery funding and the building has been fully renovated. Dudley Registration Service has moved in and a new ceremony room, known as 'the Wollescote Suite' is available for couples to marry in. The room has capacity for 58 wedding guests. The former chapels venue offers a civil marriage in a traditional type setting. There are also ample photograph settings around the building as well as nearby Wollescote Park.

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.

  • The Priory Suite, Priory Hall, Dudley is a high quality approved premise that can accommodate up to 68 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.

    We offer a classic ceremony with choices of ceremony options in this room to include ushering, music, vow choice etc.  For couples wanting even more choice, for £50 you can upgrade a classic ceremony to a tailor-made ceremony.

    There is some car parking available for guests and wedding cars are able to stop outside the entrance. (Disabled parking is also available).

    The Priory Suite is a hugely popular venue, summer Saturday prime time slots often get booked up to two years in advance!  Due to this high demand we are giving couples the opportunity to upgrade Saturday Castle Suite ceremonies into a 'Priory Suite' style ceremony.  Couples can have the same ceremony options normally only available in the Priory Suite, but will be limited to 24 guests. Upgraded ceremonies are charged at the usual Priory Suite rate.

    The Priory Suite – seats a maximum 68 guests

    Tailor-made 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 from 1 April 2021 to 31st March 2022

    • Monday to Thursday - £240

    • Friday - £310

    • Saturday - £410

    • Sunday - £575

    Fees for 1 April 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Monday to Thursday - £250

    • Friday - £320

    • Saturday - £420

    • Sunday - £585

  • 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.

    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 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Ceremonies on Thursdays and Fridays cost £160 (£170 from 1st April 2022).

    • 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 £160.00 Monday to Friday (£170 from 1st April 2022).

    • A Saturday ceremony in the Castle Suite is £220 (£230 from 1st April 2022).

  • The Wollescote Suite in Thomas Robinson Building is a stunning venue where couples can celebrate their marriage. The former chapels venue offers a civil marriage in a traditional type setting. There are also ample photograph settings around the building as well as nearby Wollescote Park.

    The Wollescote Suite, Thomas Robinson Building, Cemetery Road, Lye, Stourbridge– seats a maximum 58 guests

    We offer a classic ceremony with choices of ceremony options in this room to include ushering, music, vow choice etc.  For couples wanting even more choice, for £50 you can upgrade a classic ceremony to a tailor-made ceremony.

    Tailor-made ceremonies held in the Wollescote 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. Please note that ceremonies are only available at this venue Friday - Sunday and Bank Holidays.

    Fees from 1 April 2021 to 31st March 2022

    • Friday - £310

    • Saturday - £410

    • Sunday - £575

    Fees for 1 April 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Friday - £320

    • Saturday - £420

    • Sunday - £585

  • 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 on Tuesday mornings only.

    The ceremony takes place in a working office where there are no music or photographic opportunities.

  • Across the borough of Dudley there are also several other venues approved to hold marriages and civil partnerships:

    Venues currently approved are The Village Hotel Dudley, The Copthorne Hotel, Benjamins Banqueting Suites, Old Swinford Hospital, Dudley Canal Trust Portal (The Gongoozler) and Newfields Banqueting Suite.

    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 2021 to 31st March 2022

    • Monday to Friday - £430

    • Saturday - £490

    • Sunday - £575

    Fees for 1 April 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Monday to Friday - £440

    • Saturday - £500

    • Sunday - £585

    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 £11.00 to the above fees for each 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.

Outdoor ceremonies

An outdoor legal ceremony can be held in the grounds of any venue approved by the local authority for civil marriages and civil partnerships. The legislation does not include religious marriages. 

The number of guests you can invite to an outdoor ceremony will be determined by the usual venue capacity as both an indoor ceremony room and outdoor space must be booked in case of clement weather. The approved indoor ceremony room must be available at the venue at the time of the ceremony to be utilised if needed.

Please note that this will be a legal marriage or civil partnership and that you must have a valid notice for the specific venue where you would like to hold your ceremony. An additional fee may be payable to the venue.

Registrars General Contact Form

Where can I hold an outdoor ceremony?

Outdoor ceremonies are available for couples who are planning to marry or form a civil partnership in the Priory Suite at Priory Hall or the Wollescote Suite at the Thomas Robinson Building. If you would like your ceremony outdoors this is now an option. For couples holding their ceremony in the Priory Suite this would enable them to invite up to 68 guests and for the Wollescote Suite 58 guests. 

Couples holding their ceremony at another approved premise within the Dudley Borough will need to discuss the option with their venue in the first instance and then agree the arrangements with us.

How much will an outdoor ceremony cost?

There is an additional fee of £50 for Priory Suite and Wollescote Suite outdoor ceremonies, the usual ceremony fee will also apply. The outdoor fee will not be refunded if the ceremony subsequently takes place indoors.

There is no additional fee for our attendance at an outdoor ceremony at other approved premises, the cost will be the usual approved premises attendance fee though the venue may charge a fee.

Can I have an outdoor ceremony in my garden?

No. You cannot hold a legal outdoor ceremony in your garden. An outdoor ceremony can only take place within the grounds of approved premises for marriages and civil partnerships. There are several approved premises within the Dudley Borough as well as Priory Hall and Thomas Robinson Building.

Outdoor ceremonies are not available for register office and Castle Suite ceremonies, although anyone with a Castle Suite booking can choose to upgrade to a Priory Suite ceremony and add on the outdoor option subject to availability and the payment of the appropriate fee.

Do I need to give notice again for an outdoor ceremony?

Existing notices of marriage will be valid for the outdoor setting provided it is held in the grounds of the venue specified on the notice.

Notice of marriage or civil partnership will be required to be given or new bookings.

Things to consider

There are a few things to consider before you decide on an outdoor ceremony

  • We cannot control the weather; it could rain, be too windy, too hot or too cold. The decision of whether the ceremony can proceed outdoors will be made by the superintendent registrar and may be a last minute decision on the day
  • Due to the risk of inclement weather all outdoor ceremonies must have a ceremony room booked as well
  • If the ceremony reverts to the indoor ceremony room no refund will be given
  • The sound projection will be weaker outside so some guests may struggle to hear the registrar
  • You may wish to consider live music, but we can supply our usual music options if desired but the sound will be weaker
  • The ceremony must take place within the grounds of the approved premises, at Priory Hall this will on the grass alongside the ceremony rooms and at Thomas Robinson this will be at the front of the building
  • Guests may wish to wear suitable shoes and clothing for the weather
  • For Priory Hall and Thomas Robinson Building no seating will be provided
  • The ceremony will be in an outside space where we cannot control passers-by, other wedding parties, noise and other distractions that may not be in-keeping with a ceremony
  • It may not be a suitable type of ceremony for elderly guests and young children may be difficult to control
  • Your dress may get wet, muddy and possibly even damaged

Arranging your 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 Hall, Thomas Robinson Building 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 £25 payable.

A 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.

Please read our terms and conditions below before making a booking.

Registrars General Contact Form

Save the Date

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

The save the date service allows couples to reserve their chosen date and time at the popular Priory Hall, Thomas Robinson Building or for other venues within the Dudley Borough up to two years in advance of their ceremony date.

Provisional bookings can be made within one year of any ceremony, but the 'Save The Date' service, which costs just £75, allows people to make plans up to two years before their big day.

To make a save the date booking couples should contact a ceremony coordinator using the book a ceremony option on the registrars' general online contact form. A member of the ceremony team will then be in touch.

Included in the save the date fee is 20 save the date cards for you to send to your friends and family, making sure that they keep your special date free. You can choose from either of our stationery designs and have the option to upgrade to a larger quantity or our luxury card.

Ceremony options

After you have both given notice we will send you a ceremony confirmation letter and choices pack. The ceremony options offered are dependent on your venue.

For Register Office ceremonies we offer a basic statutory ceremony without any music or photographic opportunities.

The Castle Suite provides for a low key ceremony that takes place in a beautifully appointed room. This offers a more relaxed choice where the couple arrive together and we provide classical background music before and after the ceremony. There is the chance to take a beautiful photograph in the room before making your way into the park where there are ample photographic opportunities.

Priory Suite and Wollescote Suite ceremonies offer the widest choice; they can be low key or include all the bells and whistles! Our classic ceremony includes dad walking the bride down the aisle, choices of music and vows along with a stunning photographic opportunity in the bay window at Priory Hall or framed in the doorway at the Thomas Robinson Building. Couples wanting something extra special can upgrade their classic ceremony to a tailor-made ceremony and get an occasion truly personal to them.

If you have booked us to attend a ceremony on approved premises, we offer a wide choice of ceremony options to enable you to personalise your ceremony including your own music choices.

Giving Notice

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.

Civil Partnership

A Civil Partnership allows couples to have their relationships legally recognised. It 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. Couples may choose to hold a ceremony alongside the legal signing. A civil partnership formation held in the statutory Register Office is an administrative process that forms a civil partnership. If you wish to follow the formation with a celebratory ceremony you would need to hold your formation in the Priory Suite or the Wollescote Suite or at an approved premises.

Civil partners will enjoy most of the same pension rights as married couples. 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. For full details of the legal differences between a marriage and a civil partnership please seek advice from a solicitor or visit the gov.uk website.

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.

Convert Civil Partnership to Marriage

If you are already civil partners and would like to convert your existing partnership into a marriage you can do this at any register office or approved premise in England or Wales. The statutory fee for a civil partnership to be converted into a marriage is £45. If you wish to follow the administrative conversion process with a marriage celebration ceremony the normal ceremony fees will apply. Please note that this facility is currently only available to same-sex couples.

Renew Marriage Vows

This ceremony is for any married couple that wish to celebrate their marriage and renew their 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 commemorating the event.

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.

Ceremony Choices

When both of you have given notice, if you are marrying or forming a civil partnership in a Dudley venue, we will confirm your booking by letter and give you an information pack so that you can decide on your 'choices' for your ceremony. Visit our Dudley wedding planner page for more information on how we can help you plan your ceremony. You can arrange a ceremony planning meeting with one of our ceremony co-ordinators to help you with your ceremony choices and see our range of stationery or simply return the 'choices' form to us on-line or by post. You can also pay for your ceremony on-line as well as any ceremony extras

Wedding stationery and gifts

A selection of personalised wedding stationery, souvenirs and gifts is available exclusively from Dudley Register Office.

Terms and Conditions

Important  Please read our terms and conditions carefully before booking your ceremony.  These terms tell you how Dudley Council will provide Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services to you, how you and Dudley Council may change or end the booking and what to do if there is a problem and other important information.

By booking with Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions.

Covid-19 restrictions

Ceremonies currently taking place are subject to Covid-19 restrictions. This is likely to apply to ceremonies for some time. 

The restrictions may reduce the numbers permitted to attend and the ceremony content, we will advise you if this is the case. We are required to minimise the time spent within the building. Your guests will not be invited into the building until shortly before your ceremony is due to begin.

We have a duty of care to our staff and visitors, therefore we ask that all attendees take a lateral flow test before entering our premises and that, unless exempt, everyone wears a face covering whilst on the premises. We will invite the couple to remove their face covering during the ceremony. Whilst guests are not currently required to socially distance, we ask that everyone remains at least 1 metre away from our staff. 

Please refer to gov.uk for the latest restrictions.