Wandsworth Register Office

Ceremony Guide

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A very war m welcome from Wandsworth Register Office

Congratulations on your forthcoming ceremony. We will do everything we can to make your special day run as smoothly as possible – from your first enquiry to the day itself. Our aim is to make your day very special – leaving you to enjoy a worry free experience with your families, your friends and each other. We are based at: Wandsworth Town Hall The High Street Wandsworth London SW18 2PU Tel: 020 8871 6120/6121 Fax: 020 8871 8100 Web: www.wandsworth.gov.uk Email: registeroffice@wandsworth.gov.uk Opening Hours Monday to Friday – 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Saturday – by appointment only

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Making the arrangements Your choices for marriage
Civil Ceremony
First contact the Register Office which is in the district where you wish to marry. If you wish to marry in an Approved Venue you will also need to make a booking at the venue. In addition, you will both need to give a notice of intent to marry to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live.

Church Of England or Church in Wales
Usually you may only marry in the Church of England, or Church in Wales if either you or your partner lives in the parish. Your vicar will advise you. There is generally no need to involve the local Superintendent Registrar.

Other Places of Religious Worship
First, contact the minister or other person in charge of marriages in the building. The church or religious building must normally be in the registration district where you or your partner live. It will also be necessary for both of you to give notice of intent to marry to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live. A Registrar may also need to be booked to register the marriage.

Civil Partnerships
Since December 2005, same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised. You will both need to give notice of intent to form a partnership to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live. The choices of venue, costs and documents required are the same as those listed for civil marriage. One difference is that you are not legally required to make vows, therefore a ceremony is not required. If you wish, you and your partner can attend the Register Office, along with your two witnesses, and simply sign the schedule. However, if you would like a ceremony we would be delighted to provide one.

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Legal For m alities
Both of you must have lived in a registration district in England or Wales for at least seven days immediately before giving notice at the Register Office. If you both live in the same district, you should both attend your local Register Office. If you live in different registration districts then each of you will need to give notice separately in your own areas, unless one (or both) of you is subject to immigration control. In this case you will need to attend a designated Register Office. Wandsworth is a designated office. After giving notice you must wait fifteen clear days before the authorities for your ceremony can be issued. Notice can only be given twelve months in advance.

Documents required
You will need to produce evidence of your identity, nationality, marital status and address. British Nationals You will be required to produce a current passport or birth certificate. Prior to 1983, a person born in the UK obtained British citizenship automatically. For a person born in the UK after 1 January 1983, nationality is dependent upon the nationality of the parents. Please contact us if you require advice. Foreign Nationals A person who was born abroad and is not a British citizen should be in possession of a valid passport or Home Office travel document. Additionally a person may also produce a National Identity Card or driving licence issued by the authorities in their country of origin which has a photo of the holder. If the National Identity Card or driving licence does not show that person’s nationality then they must produce further evidence of their nationality, e.g. a valid passport or Home Office document. Asylum applicants will be issued with an Application Registration Card (ARC) by the Home Office. This document will evidence the identity and nationality self reported by the holder. Marital Status If you have been married before, or have had a civil partnership formation, you will need to produce documents to confirm you are free to marry or form a partnership. If either of you has been married before, and your divorce was in England or Wales the document required is a court stamped Decree Absolute. If the divorce was elsewhere, you must produce the original document issued by that country and, if necessary, a translation. If you are widowed please bring the death certificate of your former spouse. Name change and address If you have changed your name legally, please bring the legal document with you. You will also be asked for proof of address. This may be in the form of a recent bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill etc.

…our aim is to make

your day very special

The R egister Office
The Register Office is located in Wandsworth Town Hall – an extremely attractive building, opened by Queen Mary in 1937. The property boasts many beautiful features providing excellent opportunities for photographs and its interior is a fine example of the best in art deco. It is often used as a location for films and television programmes. We are based on the ground floor and have direct, easy access for disabled and elderly visitors and also for parents with prams and pushchairs. We conduct ceremonies Monday to Saturday and also on Sundays during the busy summer months. Information on the availability of our rooms can be obtained from the Register Office.

Our Cer emony Suite
We can offer a choice of three ceremony rooms for your marriage or civil partnership, each one elegant but contrasting in design and decoration. Each of the rooms has fresh flowers and facilities for music.

The Victoria Room
The informal Victoria Room accommodates up to 25 guests (20 seated). The rich red theme and magnificent original art deco conference table provide a fine setting for your ceremony.

The Alexandra Room
Our elegant Alexandra Room is themed in cream and blue with attractive wood panelling and art deco paintings. There is a theatre style layout so that brides may make an entrance and walk down the aisle. The capacity is for 50 guests (43 seated).

The Elizabeth Room
Our Elizabeth Room is perfect for small ceremonies with accommodation for 15 guests (8 seated). It is furnished in the art deco style with wooden panelling and comfortable sofas.


Alternatively… The Grand Chamber
The impressive oak panelled chamber room accommodates over 100 guests. The tiered bench seating is laid out in semi-circular fashion affording your guests a clear view of your special day. The Victoria and Alexandra Rooms can be viewed via a virtual tour of our office through our website at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/registeroffice

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You are required by law to provide two witnesses to your marriage or civil partnership. They may be relatives, friends or colleagues, and they must be able to understand and speak English.

Photogr aphs and Web Ca ms
Your guests are very welcome to take photographs throughout the ceremony. We do ask, however, that they do so discreetly to avoid distracting you whilst taking your vows. At the end of the ceremony there will be an opportunity for photographs of the traditional signing. After the ceremony you may take photographs in the magnificent art deco marbled entrance hall with its sweeping stairway. There is also the attractive lawned garden with the fountain and, of course, the secluded courtyard with its own fountain and imposing main entrance doors with stepped approach – perfect for those final group photographs. There are webcams in the Victoria and Alexandra Rooms. This enables your friends and families across the world to join you on your special day. You will even have a chance to speak to them once your ceremony in concluded.

New music systems have also been fitted into the Victoria and Alexandra Rooms. This will allow the playing of CDs or USB pens. We offer a selection of classical or contemporary music but if there is a special song you would like us to play, please bring it along.

Car Par king
On Saturdays, there are two car parks at the Register Office providing ample space for you and your guests. The Town Hall courtyard car park is the closer of the two to the office and is, therefore, more convenient for the bride and groom or civil partners. Parking in the courtyard is limited to two cars for each ceremony party and we will provide permits. Your other guests can park in the second larger Town Hall car park just a couple of minutes’ walk away. At other times during the week, we regret we are unable to provide the same parking facilities. However, we invariably are able to accommodate at least one car in the courtyard. Other guests to the ceremony may use either the nearby street parking or the NCP car park at the rear of Southside shopping centre. Please remind your guests to allow sufficient time for parking their cars before the ceremony appointment time. A map showing all these facilities is shown on your ceremony appointment card.

The Cer emony
Please arrive 15 minutes before your ceremony is due to start, allowing time for traffic, car parking and any photographs you wish to take before the ceremony begins. The Registrar will see you both in private to check the information to be entered into the marriage register and also to confirm your choices of music and vows. This is also the time when the fee for the ceremony is paid to the Registrar. Your marriage certificate will be presented to you after the signing of the register. Confetti can only be used in the grounds and we operate a no smoking policy.

Approved Venues
A full list of Wandsworth ceremony venues is available at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/weddings

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a worry free experience

you to enjoy

with your families, your friends and each other

Other Cer emonies
Renewal of Marriage Vows
This ceremony is for any married couple wishing to celebrate renewing their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony. Often these ceremonies are associated with a special wedding anniversary but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage. Many couples who marry abroad choose to renew their marriage vows in a special event held for family and friends on their return.

Naming Ceremonies
These ceremonies are a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming the new arrival into the family and making promises of commitment to support the child. It is also ideally suited to celebrate an older or an adopted child or for embracing stepchildren into a new family.

Commitment Ceremonies
This is a meaningful and dignified ceremony for adult couples. The purpose is to make a public declaration of life-long commitment, love and dedication between two people.

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Step through the doors of this Grade II* listed old Victorian town hall to find a beautiful and unique space to hold your wedding. Steeped in theatrical history Battersea Arts Centre offers the perfect creative environment for any special occasion. The majestic and spectacular Grand Hall has a long history of hosting wedding receptions and is fast becoming one of the most sought after venues in the area. The Council Chamber, which has been used as our main theatre space for the last 30 years, is also available to host marriage celebrations and with its newly restored wooden panelled walls, this is the perfect alternative for more intimate gatherings. For more information please contact the events team on 020 7326 8211 or email venues@bac.org.uk BAC, LavENDER Hill, BattERsEa, LONDON SW11 5TN

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Cannizaro House
We believe your wedding should be as individual as you are. At Cannizaro House we offer the following:
• A dedicated team to assist you with everything you could possibly need • Beautiful surroundings for the ceremony and reception • Dining for up to 96 guests • Award winning cuisine • Gorgeous bedrooms for your guests to stay in • Exclusive use available Cannizaro House West Side Common, Wimbledon, London SW19 4UE Telephone: 020 8970 2773 Email: experienceteam@cannizarohouse.com www.cannizarohouse.com

Central London Golf Centre

Central London Golf Centre, with delightful views across the golf course plays host to bespoke weddings and receptions in our function suite, ensuring that your wedding reflects your individual style. Our experienced function manager will work together with you to ensure your day is planned to perfection, stress-free and unforgettable. • • • • • • • Exclusive venue hire including the Chelsea Suite with French windows onto the garden patio area Superb wedding breakfasts for up to 150 guests from our selection of scrumptious menus Civil ceremonies Patio area for guests to enjoy canapés and pre-reception drinks Delicious celebration buffet for your evening reception The services of a member of our team throughout the day to ensure your day goes as planned Picturesque photographic locations with views of the Golf Course.

CLGC Burntwood Lane, London SW17 0AT 020 8871 2468 www.clgc.co.uk
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The Battersea Barge

The Battersea Barge is a superbly-positioned permanent mooring on the River Thames between Vauxhall and Chelsea bridges – a perfect place for your Wedding Ceremony. Your guests will enjoy a first-class three-course wedding breakfast(or less formal buffet), whilst enjoying some of the finest river views afforded by the mighty city. The evening can be spent out on deck, in the panoramic River Bar or downstairs in the Main Lounge, dancing to one of our ever-popular resident bands or DJs. For more information please contact skipper Peter Lewis or first mate Aaron, or take a look at our website.

Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5PZ • Behind Fed Ex Building • Nearest Tube Vauxhall Exit 6 Telephone: 020 7498 0004



The Front Lawn

The Front Door

The River Lawn

The River Room

The Library

The River Room

The River Lawn Marquee

The River Lawn

Fantastic riverside venue suitable for all forms of entertaining including Ceremonies, Weddings and Wakes. For further information or to arrange an appointment to view, please telephone:-


Telephone: 020 8789 4447 Website: www.winchesterhouse.co.uk Email: info@ampmcatering.co.uk
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Wandsworth Museum’s beautiful building dates from 1937 and is licensed for marriages and civil partnerships. Two large flexible spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions for up to 200 people. The Museum is conveniently located just 10 minutes’ walk from the Town Hall Register Office, and is also only 10 minutes’ walk from East Putney tube station. For more information, please contact the events team at events@wandsworthmuseum.co.uk or call 020 8870 6060


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38 West Hill - Wandsworth, London SW18 1RX www.wandsworthmuseum.co.uk

The Brewers Inn is the perfect venue for your Wedding Reception, situated just opposite the Wandsworth Register Office and in close proximity to local Churches. Our packages are created to give you a starting point for what is possible, from a choice of menus, a selection of fine wines through to decorations and entertainment. So let us help you by providing the perfect place to create special memories for the most enjoyable day of your life.

The Brewers Inn, 147 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QB T: 020 8874 4128 | E: brewersinn@youngs.co.uk | W: www.brewersinn.co.uk


The flowers for a wedding form a really special part of the day and we take pride in the floral designs that we create for the day from buttonholes to table arrangements and of course the beautiful bridal bouquet. We have photos of previous events, books and magazines brimming with ideas and will be very pleased to discuss your requirements in a warm and friendly atmosphere to help make your day really special.

8 Hildreth Street, Balham, SW12 9RQ Tel: 020 8675 3799 www.flowersanctuary.co.uk lisa@flowersanctuary.co.uk

roeha mpton club is a hidden gem situated in the heart of south-west london a nd 100 acr es of m agnificent par k l a nd. thr ee pr ivate ba nqueting suites a nd l arge m arquee l awns all enjoy beautiful views over the colour ful for m al gar dens that provide a per fect back drop for a per fect wedding day. whether you ar e look ing for something sm all a nd intim ate or a n event on a gr a nder scale, the space is effortlessly flexible. a civil cer emon y a nd civil partner ship licence cover s all of its facilities a nd outside spaces. in-house chefs ca n tailor the day to your specific r equir ements to cr eate a super b wedding menu, a nd a dedicated per sonal pl a nner will be on ha nd to help with every detail.


Tel: 020 8480 4222 Em ail events@roeha mptonclub.co.uk


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Roeha mpton Club, Roeha mpton L ane, London SW15 5LR
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Bennetts Brasserie
‘Congratulations from the Bennett team’
Why not come in and celebrate this occasion in this Quintessentially British Brasserie? Whether you want to celebrate with a private wine tasting, a sit down patio dinner or an exclusive champagne canapé reception. Whether you are 10 guests or 240 guests we will see to all your needs from your bespoke menus and flowers to your jazz bands and photographers. Furthermore, if you wish to celebrate with us, each of your guests will receive a glass of complimentary Bennett house cocktail on arrival.

Check out our events page on

or contact Nora on 0207 223 5545.

Steam Bar & Restaurant

Steam is a stylish bar and restaurant located just a 5 minute walk from Wandsworth Town Hall. With fashionable seating and distinctive artwork Steam adds a real touch of glamour to any event. The venue has an enviable reputation for excellent cuisine and first class highly personalised service. An ideal location for both small and large functions. • Wide choice of affordable menus • Receptions for up to 150 guests • Smaller classic Private Dining Room facility bar & restaurant • Extensive wine list • Available for exclusive hire 7 days a week With a total commitment to providing a genuine and enjoyable experience to all clientele Steam is the perfect place to hold your celebration. We look forward to the opportunity of discussing and meeting your individual requirements.


Telephone: 020 8704 4680
wandsworth@steamwinebar.com www.steamwinebar.com
55-57 East Hill, Wandsworth SW18 2QE

Parkstead House
With breathtaking views across Richmond Park from a stunning Georgian Villa, Grade I listed Parkstead House is truly an elegant and romantic setting for your wedding day… Set in a 14 acre estate this beautifully restored venue offers you the flexibility of accommodating your guests no matter what the size of your wedding reception. We offer a choice of six stunning rooms for civil marriage ceremonies, the majestic Manresa Hall for a dinner dance or even a marquee set in the vast grounds – Parkstead House has it all!

Holybourne Avenue, Roehampton, London SW15 4JD T: 020 8392 3505 E: info@parksteadhouse.co.uk


Konnigans Wedding and Parties

The restaurant is based at the heart of the charming Old York Road in Wandsworth Town. Konnigans is the ideal venue for a special wedding reception or an atmospheric celebration or function. During the summer the back courtyard allows our guests to sit outside whilst they sip on chilled champagne. The fashionable interior starts with a sleek L shaped bar that leads you down into a warm and inviting conservatory area and fireplace area. Our staff’s awareness is on the hosts and achieving their individual aspirations and expectations for their function. This allows us the versatility to ensure that every requirement from decorations to live music is

perfect. Konnigans can cater for weddings or parties from 15 – 150 people. We invite you to come into Konnigans and let us make your dreams a reality For further information please contact Kevin on 07973 186871 or email info@konnigansrestaurant.co.uk

344 – 346 Old York Road, London SW18 1SS

Tel: 020 8871 1496

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On your wedding day we can provide everything from your celebrant and ceremony, exquisite food to entertainment, making it something to remember for the rest of your life. Weddings and same sex partnerships successfully have hosted been on-


board for many years with the highest quality of service. With our highly experienced events team and wedding planner we will make your day complete to the last and finest detail.

Simply give us a call and we will be happy to help!

HMS President (1918) Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0HJ Tel: 020 7583 1918 www.hmspresident.com enquiries@hmspresident.com

cakes by robin
Wedding Cake designer Robin Campbell makes wonderfully unique wedding cakes that make for the perfect additions for your special day. Robin’s creativity and attention to detail will ensure that you will have the wedding cake of your dreams.

Tel: 020 8874 4616 Email: robin@cakesbyrobin.co.uk


Let us help you to find a beautiful wedding dress for your biggest day from our collections – high quality dresses at very affordable price. (The size ranges from UK 4-18, and alteration service is available). You will be impressed by our friendly and personal service, making your dress hunting experience enjoyable and stress-free. The dresses are ready to take away immediately. To make your wedding perfect, there are other services and products available, such as accessories tiaras, veils, gloves, jewellery and clutch bags.

TEL: 0845 4505857 – 07733 183655 – 07775 447558
EMAIL: info@hollywedding.co.uk WEB: www.hollywedding.co.uk
3/F Riverbank House, Putney Bridge, Fulham, London SW6 3JD

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Wandsworth Town Hall
The High Street Wandsworth London SW18 2PU

Telephone: 020 8871 6120/6121 Fax: 020 8871 8100 Email: registeroffice@wandsworth.gov.uk
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Saturday – by appointment only