Civil or Church?

One of the first decisions to be made on your wedding journey is the choice between a church and civil ceremony. Here at the Moat House we are licensed for ceremonies for up to 130 people, so we have you covered if a civil ceremony is your preferred choice.

Here is what to expect on your journey to a civil ceremony . . .

First of all you will need to book the registrars, Cannock registry office oversee our ceremonies and you must contact them directly to book the date and time. 1.30pm is the ideal ceremony time if you are celebrating a full day with us.

You will then need to give notice at your local register office. This is the office local to your address, if you don’t live with your fiancé this may mean a trip to two different offices.

You must give at least 28 full days’ notice. You will need to take proof of your name, age, nationality and proof of address. If you have been married before, you will need to take a decree absolute or final order.

You must exchange formal wording when getting married, but these don’t need to be traditional vows. Civil ceremonies can include readings, songs or music, but they must not include anything religious.

The ceremony usually takes around 20 minutes after which you and your partner must sign the marriage register. You will need at least 2 witnesses who will also sign.

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