Marriages or civil partnerships
- Civil marriages
- Civil partnerships
- Photography and videos
A civil marriage is a wedding that takes place without any religious affiliation. A government or civil official performs the ceremony and it has a legal status.
Before you marry you must first give notice of your intention to do so.
The civil marriage is completed once you and your partner have declared yourselves free to marry and have agreed to marry each other by exchanging some formal wording (vows) in the presence of the registration staff and at least two witnesses.
At the end of the ceremony, the registrar will ask you to check and sign the Marriage Schedule. Your witnesses will also be asked to print their names and sign the Schedule. The Officiant will then complete the ceremony presenting you to your guests as a married couple.
Civil marriages can be held for opposite and same sex couples. There are two options for civil marriages, registration and ceremony.
A registration includes you and your partner, up to two guests and the registration officers conducting the legalities.
The registration will take place in a designated room at a registration or register office. Although there is no music or readings, it is still an occasion where you can make your legal commitment to each other.
One or two photos at the end of the ceremony will now be permitted.
Send any correspondence to:
South Gloucestershire Register Office
PO Box 1953
A ceremony allows you to make choices about the venue and words you wish to say to each other. It can also include readings and music. You may invite as many guests as the room is licensed to hold, but this number must include you, your partner and the two registration officers.
Couples of the same or opposite sex can form a legal partnership, known as a civil partnership. This provides those couples with similar rights and responsibilities to those given to married couples, but under different legislation.
You will need to give notice before forming a civil partnership.
At the register office the civil partnership is formed when both parties have signed the Partnership Schedule in the presence of two witnesses and the registrar. There is no requirement for a ceremony.
At our approved venues we can include a ceremony option. Fees for a civil partnership ceremony at our approved premises are below.
The following are approved premises within South Gloucestershire where civil marriage or partnership ceremonies can be held.
The South Gloucestershire Register Office
Kingswood Civic Centre
Weddings and civil partnerships can now be booked at our Register Office in Kingswood Civic Centre. We are restricted to only two adult witnesses as guests.
The registrars cannot provide witnesses for your marriage or civil partnership, ensure you arrange this yourselves before arriving.
Do not send correspondence to this address.
Poole Court mansion
Poole Court in Yate is a delightful Victorian mansion set in attractive surroundings. The Ranger Room on the ground floor is used for ceremonies. After your ceremony you will be able to have photographs outside and on the lawn using the house as the backdrop.
Poole Court, Yate – photograph by RichMcD photography
Poole Court ceremonies can be booked for Fridays and Saturdays. Not all social distancing requirements are removed due to the size of the room and ventilation possible, the maximum permitted in the ceremony room is now 28. This includes the couple, two witnesses, any children or babies and photographer(s) and/or videographers, but excludes the registrars. Hand sanitisers are provided and masks are strongly advised indoors.
Any restrictions still in place are to protect everyone’s safety during the pandemic and to comply with all guidance issued by Public Health England and Health and Safety regulations.
We are able to permit discreet photographs in the ceremony room by your named photographer and photographs outside the building after the ceremony for a few minutes.
Our Poole Court marriage and civil partnership ceremonies includes choices of promises and additional vows on exchange of your rings. It is also possible to include one or two readings if you want to involve your guests in your ceremony.
To book or for more details contact us on 01454 863140. Note that ceremonies cannot be booked by staff at Poole Court, which is owned by Yate Town Council. All ceremony bookings are made by South Gloucestershire Register Office on the number above.
There is ample free parking on site. Yate railway station and bus station are only a short walk away.
Other approved premises
Other approved premises in South Gloucestershire for civil marriages and civil partnerships:
List of approved premises
- Alveston House Hotel, Alveston, BS35 2LA
- Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Almondsbury, BS32 4TS
- Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Henbury, BS10 7TD
- Bristol Golf Club, Almondsbury, BS10 7TP
- Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AD
- The Compass Inn, Tormarton, GL9 1JB
- Eastwood Park, Falfield, GL12 8DA
- The Gables Hotel, Falfield, GL12 8DL
- Hamswell House, Hamswell, Bath BA1 9DG
- Hilton Bristol, Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke BS32 4JF
- Holiday Inn, Filton, BS16 1QX
- Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Alveston, BS35 3TA
- Mercure Bristol North, The Grange, Winterbourne BS36 1RP
- Old Down Manor, Foxholes Lane, Tockington BS32 4PG
- Poole Court, Poole Court Drive, Yate BS37 5PP
- The Ship Inn, Thornbury Avenue, Alveston, Bristol BS35 3LL
- Thornbury Castle Hotel, Thornbury, BS35 1HH
- Thornbury Golf Centre, Bristol Road, Thornbury BS35 3XL
- Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel, Tortworth, GL12 8HH
- Tracy Park, Wick, BS30 5RN
- Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne BS36 1SE
To arrange your ceremony you must first contact the venue to make the provisional arrangements and then contact us on 01454 863140 to ensure we are able to attend and conduct the ceremony. In addition to our fees below there will be a charge for the venue hire which you are responsible for paying.
Changes to bookings
Registration of civil marriage or civil partnership at register office
- Monday to Friday £57
Registration and conduct of marriage or civil partnership ceremony at Poole Court
- Friday and Saturday £251
Registration and conduct of marriage ceremony at approved premises
- Monday to Thursday £593
- Friday and Saturday £645
- Sunday and bank holidays £755
Registration and conduct of civil partnership ceremony at approved premises
- Monday to Thursday £551
- Friday and Saturday £571
- Sunday and bank holidays £655
There is a £50 non-refundable and non-transferable booking fee to be paid at the time of booking (£57 for a register office booking). The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the ceremony.
All fees include one certificate.
Photography and videos
Photography is not permitted during the ceremony, however time will be allowed at the end of the ceremony for photos.
Video cameras may be used provided that the Superintendent Registrar has agreed.