Ceremony venues in Redbridge
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies guidance
The government announcement (23 June 2020) stated that marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can resume from Saturday 4 July 2020.
The government has indicated that up to 30 people may be permitted in the ceremony room subject to:
- the venue and the room being available for use and suitably risk assessed
- the number of people in the room is compliant with social distancing rules
We have been advised that more detailed government advice relating to the resumption of ceremonies is being prepared for local authorities by central government. We need to wait for this guidance before we can respond to any enquiries or confirm arrangements for ceremonies scheduled to take place in the near future. We appreciate this continues to make planning difficult but as soon as we have further information we will update this page.
If you had given notice or booked before lockdown
If you have had a cancelled ceremony in our Register Office or in one of our external approved venues, we will be in contact with you to reschedule your ceremony.
Due to the safety measures that need to be in place, unfortunately, we are no longer able to hold ceremonies in our Library Suite and Council Chamber. If you have had a ceremony cancelled or had given notice for our Library Suite or Council Chamber but had not yet booked a date, we will be in contact with you soon to discuss your booking.
Unfortunately, ceremonies are not able to be carried out online or by video as legislation does not allow for this.
Venues in Redbridge
There are several approved venues for marriage, civil partnership and other ceremonies in Redbridge. Details of these are below.
Whichever of the venues you book for your ceremony, you will also need to book a Registrar to attend the venue to conduct the ceremony*. Details of how to do this will either be given to you at the venue or you can find out how to book a Registrar.
*For ceremonies at Valentines Mansion, the venue and Registrar are booked together by the Mansion. If you are interested in finding out more information you can view details here.
If you would like to book any of the venues for a marriage, civil partnership, renewal of vows or a naming ceremony, you will need to contact the venue directly. You can also have a ceremony at Redbridge Register Office.
Approved venues in Redbridge
These venues are approved for marriages, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Redbridge
- Hallmark London Chigwell Prince Regent Hotel - Licence expires 15 May 2021
- Holiday Inn Express - Licence expires 9 May 2024
- London Darbar - Licence expires 2 December 2022
- Packfords Hotel - Licence expires 23 July 2023
- Sir James Hawkey Hall - Licence expires 16 March 2023
- The Coliseum Suite - Licence expires 19 August 2024
- The Lakeside Suite, Fairlop Waters - Licence expires 16 June 2023
- The Willows - Licence expires 31 August 2020
- The Council Chambers, Town Hall, Ilford - Licence expires 2 September 2022 (ceremonies suspended until further notice)
- The Library Suite, Town Hall, Ilford - Licence expires 2 September 2022 (ceremonies suspended until further notice)
- Valentines Mansion - Licence expires 8 March 2025
Approve a venue for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Approval is needed to hold marriages and civil partnerships at your premises. The proprietor or trustee should apply to us for Permission.
A certificate will be issued showing the premises has been approved for the solemnisation of marriages and registration of civil partnerships in accordance with relevant legislation.
A licence is valid for 5 years and you should apply to renew within the remaining 12 months of the original licence.
Once an application has been approved, the holder must notify us of any change of circumstances including:
- layout of the premises;
- use of the premises;
- name or full postal address of the premises;
- description of the room or rooms in which the proceedings are to take place;
- name or address of the holder of the approval; and
- name, address or qualification of the responsible person
Approval of additional rooms is treated as a new application.
From 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 the fee is £1530 for a 5 year licence.
Please note that the application fee is not refundable in the event your application is not successful. The application fee does not include the cost of adapting your premises or fire risk assessments.
You can read the full policy (PDF 330KB) relating to the approval of a venue for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies.
You can find out more details regarding the legislation of approving a venue for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies.
5. Pre- Meeting
The Council will provide an informal pre-application meeting with a senior member of Registration staff to assist and advise would-be applicants. This meeting is free of charge and does not commit the applicant to proceed.
Become an approved venue
If you are a business and would like to become an approved venue you should contact email@example.com.
Approval of premises for the solemnisation of marriages and formation of civil partnerships
Arranging a marriage at a place of worship
Same sex couples can only marry in a religious ceremony where the religious organisation has 'opted in' to conduct such ceremonies and the minister of religion agrees.
If you are marrying in any religious building other than the Church of England or Church of Wales, you are still both required to give a notice of marriage.
Couples wishing to marry in the Church of England or Church of Wales where one or both are non-EEA national(s) are required to give their notice of marriage at a designated register office.
The church or religious building must normally be situated in the district where you or your partner live unless either of you usually go to worship in that building.
You may also get married in another district if there is no building of your religion in the district where you or your partner lives.
The marriage can only take place at the venue you name on the notice of marriage. If you change the venue you will have to give, and pay for, fresh notices of marriage.
If the church or religious building you are getting married in does not have its own authorised person to register the marriage, you will need to arrange for a registrar to attend. Cost: £86.00 for the marriage plus £11.00 for the marriage certificate.
If you need a registrar to attend, you should check that a registrar is available for your chosen date and time, before you give your notices of marriage.