14.1 In the event of an emergency, disaster or extreme weather conditions (including but not limited to war, civil disturbance, armed conflict, terrorist attack, government action, fire, flood, snow, pandemic or epidemic) Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services will do everything possible to ensure that your ceremony takes place on your chosen day. However, Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services cannot be held responsible and is not liable for any ceremony which has to be cancelled as a result of such events which are outside our control. We recommend that you consider taking out ceremony insurance to cover losses or expenses incurred in the case of such events.
14.2 Marriages and civil partnerships at approved venues can be followed by a celebration, commemoration or blessing providing that it is not a religious marriage ceremony and is completely separate from the civil ceremony. There must be a clear break between the legal ceremony and a follow-on ceremony.
14.3 Other than assistance animals, no other animal will be allowed entry into your ceremony where it is held in a Dudley Council owned Venue. For other non-Dudley Council owned venues please check with the venue regarding their policy. Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services must be informed of any assistance animals or other animals requested in order that appropriate registration staff may be allocated.
14.4 Ceremonies can only usually be conducted by Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services. Where you would like a legal ceremony to be conducted by a friend or family member who is a registration officer from another registration district you must contact Dudley Council’s Superintendent Registrar in the first instance to see if this is possible and whether or not it can be accommodated.
14.5 For those of you getting married in an approved venue, the grant of approval is made entirely for the purposes of the provision of ceremonies. Dudley Council cannot accept liability for any failure or neglect on the part of the venue, of any agreement between you and the venue for the use or provision of any services and/or facilities, including cancellation by the venue.
14.6 It is not permitted to consume any food or drink (including alcohol) in the room in which a marriage or civil partnership is to take place, for 1 hour beforehand or during the ceremony.
14.7 It is the responsibility of the couple to provide any witnesses required for marriage and for civil partnerships. Your witnesses should be over the age of 18 years and must speak and understand English. Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services staff cannot act as witnesses at a ceremony.
14.8 Any complaint or claim against Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services should be made in writing or by email as soon as reasonably practicable to:
The Superintendent Registrar, The Register Office, Priory Hall, Priory Park, Dudley, DY1 4EU
14.9 Words and phrases contained in these terms and conditions shall be interpreted as follows:
Marriage and Civil Partnership Acts – Means the Acts of Parliament (and any regulations covering these Acts) covering the legal preliminaries to and the solemnisation and registration of a civil marriage/civil partnership made either in a register office or approved venue within England and Wales.
Venue – means premises approved by Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services under the Civil Marriage s and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005 for the solemnisation and registration of civil marriages and civil partnerships.
These terms and conditions must be read in conjunction with our schedule of fees.
We may write to you after your ceremony to ask you to complete a short survey. You are under no obligation to complete this survey. If you do, any personal data you provide will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information you provide will be used for statistical analysis, management, planning and provision of service by the Council and its partners. The information will be held in accordance with the Council’s records management and retention policy, and will not be used for marketing purposes by the Council or any third party