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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.

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.

Black Friday Deal!

Got married during the pandemic? Say 'I do' again in a renewal of vows ceremony and celebrate with family and friends as you had intended but were unable to do.

Book before 31 December 2022 and take £50 off the renewal of vows ceremony price if you tied the knot during the pandemic. £50 offer applies to renewal of vows ceremonies that take place before 25 November 2024. 

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
Fantastic venue for our wedding. Great staff and we used the council car hire and photography package. Awesome value and service... 5* Google feedback

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 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Monday to Thursday - £250

    • Friday - £320

    • Saturday - £420

    • Sunday - £585

    Fees for 1 April 2023 to 31st March 2024

    • Monday to Thursday - £260

    • Friday - £330

    • Saturday - £435

    • Sunday - £600

  • 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 £170 (£180 from 1st April 2023).

    • 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 £170.00 Monday to Friday (£180 from 1st April 2023).

    • A Saturday ceremony in the Castle Suite is £230 (£240 from 1st April 2023).

  • 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 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Friday - £320

    • Saturday - £420

    • Sunday - £585

    Fees for 1 April 2023 to 31st March 2024

    • Friday - £330

    • Saturday - £435

    • Sunday - £600

  • 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 2022 to 31st March 2023

    • Monday to Friday - £440

    • Saturday - £500

    • Sunday - £585

    Fees for 1 April 2023 to 31st March 2024

    • Monday to Friday - £455

    • Saturday - £515

    • Sunday - £600

    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 inclement 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

Marriage and civil partnership information