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Services in Christchurch

Getting married in Christchurch

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will be allowed to take place from 4 July 2020 with a limited number of guests.

See further information about changes to services.

Our friendly and experienced registrars are here to help create a unique and special wedding ceremony just for you. Follow these simple steps to your perfect ceremony.

1. Choose your venue


There are many licensed venues to choose from in Christchurch. venues include a castle, country houses and tourist attractions. you will need to book the venue and registrars separately


The Register Office for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is located at the BCP Council offices, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, BH2 6DY There are other Ceremony rooms across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole for different sized ceremonies.  

Search for a wedding venue

Browse the Register of licensed wedding venues and ceremony rooms within the BCP council area.

2. Book your registrars

Licensed venues In Christchurch

You'll need to ensure a Registrar is available for your ceremony.  Once you have provisionally booked your venue, please contact us to book your Registrar.


If you book the register office or a BCP ceremony room, both registrars fees and the room hire are included in the cost.

 View fees for our registrars to attend a licensed venue.

3. Give notice of marriage or civil partnership

By law, you must give notice in person at a register office before your marriage can take place. Notice of marriage can be given up to 12 months before your wedding and a minimum of 28 clear days before. 

Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership in Christchurch can be given at any of the below:

  • Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DY
  • Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ
  • The Guildhall, Market St, Poole BH15 1NF
  • Call us on 01202 633744

It costs £35 per person to give notice of marriage or civil partnership. 

See the information about giving notice of marriage or civil partnership including documents you'll need to take with you and information for foreign nationals.​

If you live outside of Bournemouth, Christchurch and poole

You must give notice of marriage or civil partnership at your local register office.

Please note that the rest of Dorset is not within the BCP Registration Service area.

4. Plan and pay for your ceremony

Every ceremony is unique and our experienced registrars will help you to experience a ceremony that's completely personal to you. You can choose your readings and music, write your own personal promises, include your children or other family members in the ceremony and even have a themed wedding. 

To book a ceremony appointment.

Ceremony costs

Licensed venues set their own charges and you should discuss payment with them. 

View the register office and ceremony room fees.

You also need to pay the statutory fee of £35 per person for your notice of marriage or civil partnership, payable to your local register office.

To discuss your ceremony Contact our Bournemouth office




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