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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. The next Priory Hall open day is 2 March 2019 and the next Thomas Robinson Building open day is 5 October 2019.

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.

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 in Autumn
  • Priory Ruins
  • Walking towards the Priory Ruins
  • Priory Park in Spring
  • Priory Hall from the Ruins
  • First weddimg at Thomas Robinson Building
  • Tree lined view to Thomas Robinson Building
  • Thomas Robinson Building from sunken garden
  • Wollescote Suite, Thomas Robinson Building
  • Wollescote Suite doorway view
  • Thomas Robinson Building wedding

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

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.

    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).

    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

    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 2018 to 31st March 2019

    • Monday to Thursday - £210

    • Friday - £280

    • Saturday - £380

    • Sunday - £545

    Fees for 1 April 2019 to 31st March 2020

    • Monday to Thursday - £220

    • Friday - £290

    • Saturday - £390

    • Sunday - £555

  • 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 Monday to Thursday. Ceremonies on a Friday cost £130 (£140 from 1st April 2019).

    • 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 £130.00 Monday to Friday (£140 from 1st April 2019).

    • A Saturday ceremony in the Castle Suite is £190.00 (£200 from 1st April 2019).

  • 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

    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 2018 to 31st March 2019

    • Friday - £280

    • Saturday - £380

    • Sunday - £545

    Fees for 1 April 2019 to 31st March 2020

    • Friday - £290

    • Saturday - £390

    • Sunday - £555

  • 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

  • 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, The Limestone Caverns, The Quality Hotel, Benjamins Banqueting Suites, Old Swinford Hospital and The Talbot Hotel.

    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 2018 to 31st March 2019

    • Monday to Friday - £400

    • Saturday - £460

    • Sunday - £540

    Fees for 1 April 2019 to 31st March 2020

    • Monday to Friday - £410

    • Saturday - £470

    • Sunday - £550

    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 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.

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 £20 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.

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 £50, 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 co-ordinator at Dudley register office.

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

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5th December 2005 and allows same-sex 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. 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.

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.

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