Wedding inspiration: Venues


Choosing the right venue can have a lasting impact on your memories of the big day.


Midland wedding venues

The Marriage Act 1949 states that a valid marriage is one that takes place in a building that has been legally authorised to hold wedding ceremonies after legal procedures have been completed.


For all marriages, except those taking place in the Church of England or the Church in Wales, legal preliminaries must be completed at a Register Office before the marriage takes place.

Legal procedures can be completed up to 12 months ahead of the date of marriage. In some circumstances it may be possible to make preliminary arrangements for a marriage more than 12 months ahead.


Places to marry

Marriage at the Register Office Birmingham Register Office is now based in Holliday Street near The Mailbox and close to numerous hotels and restaurants. The stylish complex is part of the area’s regeneration that has seen disused buildings transformed into an exciting mix of developments for homes, business and entertainment.


The Register Office continues to maintain its popularity as a place for marriage and attracts couples from all over the country. It is possible to arrange a wedding up to 12 months before it is due to take place so that your other arrangements may also go ahead in the knowledge that the time for the ceremony has been fixed.


Civil marriages in approved premises

Local authorities are able to approve other buildings for civil marriages, as long as they are safe and suitable for conducting dignified marriage ceremonies. These buildings are known as Approved Premises. This allows civil marriages to take place in hotels, banqueting suites, historic buildings, stately homes and other suitable venues. Marriages in approved premises have become increasingly popular.


Couples can choose to have their civil marriage in any approved building in any district in England or Wales. Couples are not restricted to the district where they live. The fees for marriage ceremonies in these approved buildings are set by each local council, and they vary throughout the country. For marriages in approved premises, you must complete the same legal requirements as for Register Office marriages.


Marriage in a church or other religious building

Couples getting married in a Church of England establishment will make all the arrangements direct with the vicar where the ceremony takes place. New Marriage Measures, introduced at the beginning of October, 2008, have expanded the criteria giving greater flexibility to couples who want to marry in a Church of England that is not in their home parish.

If, however, a couple are getting married in any other religious building that is registered for marriages, including Baptist, Methodist, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Sikh or other religious denomination, couples must fulfil the legal requirements at either their local Register Office, or a designated Register Office.


The law governing marriages in such buildings has not changed. It is still only possible to get married in a religious building situated in the district where either or both live.

However, couples can be married in a religious building in a district in which neither live if either of them usually worship in that building. It is advisable to seek advice at an early stage of planning the ceremony.


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