Weddings and ceremonies


​We are delighted that you are planning to hold your ceremony in Northamptonshire.

Everyone’s ceremony is special and we will help to make your day a very happy occasion for you, your family and friends.

In Northamptonshire we have over 70 approved venues providing charming and memorable settings for all our ceremonies. Many approved venues will also arrange your reception. This website also contains details of the facilities at our registration offices for your special day.

All non-religious marriage ceremonies in the county are conducted by Northamptonshire County Council’s Registration Service ceremony team. Our staff are dedicated to making your day in Northamptonshire memorable.

Civil Partnerships Supreme Court Judgement

On 27 June the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which only applies to same-sex couples, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This judgment will now be considered by The Government Equalities Office (GEO).

At this time the legislation remains the same with no provision for opposite sex civil partnerships to take place. Therefore current registration arrangements are unaffected. If you are interested in forming an opposite-sex civil partnership in the future if the legislation changes, please let us know and we would be delighted to help you celebrate your day.

​We offer two different options to suit your requirements and budget:

  • A marriage registration A marriage registration

    ​A registration is a basic legal marriage. This is suitable for you where budget could be a major consideration or if you would like a more intimate ceremony just for yourselves and two adult witnesses but no additional guests.

    The registration is delivered with the same high degree of solemnity and dignity as with all of our services and is focused on the legal requirements of a marriage.

    The marriage registration takes place in a small registration room, where computers and files are in situ. Guests will be limited to two witnesses only.

    Registrations are only available on weekdays and last up to 30 minutes.

    Make a wedding enquiry
  • A marriage ceremony A marriage ceremony

    ​A ceremony is designed for you when the celebratory requirements outweigh all other considerations. A ceremony is ideal if you want a more bespoke and glamorous celebration for yourselves, family members and your guests.

    The ceremony includes:

    • An extensive choice of registration office ceremony rooms or any of the approved venues across the county
    • Personalised ceremony content
    • Ceremony planning facility
    • Choices of readings and additional promises
    • Music, either from our standard collection or from your own playlist of meaningful and memorable music
    • Rings handed to the registrar during the ceremony by the ring bearer
    • Your event will last up to 60 minutes

    There is a wide choice of ceremony availability for marriages covering weekdays, weekends, locations and times.

    Make a wedding enquiry

Following the introduction of the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, we have summarised reference to marriage and/or civil partnerships to marriages alone. There are significant differences between marriage and civil partnership in law.