Over the years register office weddings have got a bad rap. But gone are the days of stuffy, restrictive, one-size-fits-all registrar ceremonies. There is so much more to getting married with Ceremonies in East Sussex. So whether you’re loved up and planning your wedding or are just intrigued, here are 5 things you didn’t know about getting married with a registrar (in East Sussex).

Ceremonies East Sussex Registry office: couple getting married in front of guests


Personalised ceremonies

No two couples are the same, so why would their wedding be? Wedding ceremonies are deeply personal events, often involving those closest to us. Therefore, most couples feel passionately about it reflecting them as individuals as well as a couple. Ceremonies in East Sussex, allow couples to personalise their ceremony with music, readings, and personal promises (alongside vows). So, whether you’re having a large wedding with all your extended family or a small intimate affair, this ensures you can make it your own. After all, while the process of getting married is a legally binding contract, it is also a declaration of love and commitment.

Hastings Town Hall Registry Office Ceremonies in East Sussex: lux blue room with soft furnishings

Mayors Parlour

Beautiful venues

In East Sussex we are spoilt for choice. From Southover Grange in Lewes to Hastings Town Hall, the register offices across the county are beautifully designed and cared for. Most importantly they have that wow factor most couples want for such an important day. A particular favourite of ours, is the Mayor’s Parlour at Hastings Town Hall.

If you don’t fancy getting married at your local register office, registrars can also officiate your wedding at any licensed venue across the county. From hotels to golf clubs, to barns, there is something for every couple. Not sure where to start? Find your perfect venue here.

Wedding ceremony in East Sussex: couple standing together as sun sets

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365 days a year

Not everyone wants to get married in the springtime, or to have their ceremony in the day, or to tie the knot on a Saturday.

If you’ve always dreamt of a New Year’s Eve ceremony under the stars or to say your vows as the sun rises – your dream may be a reality! Not many people know that East Sussex Registrars can be booked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Signing wedding register, bouquet of white roses

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It’s all in the registrar’s ink

With trying on dresses and tasting wedding cake, no one is thinking about pens. However, did you know that the marriage schedule must be signed in a particular ink? This ensures it cannot be rubbed out, washed off and that it won’t fade over time.

Want a lasting memento of this moment? You can purchase a fountain pen from Ceremonies East Sussex and use it to sign your marriage schedule on the day!

Ceremonies East Sussex Registrar wedding by a castle grounds

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Give notice to get married

Did you know you have to give notice at your local register office before you can get married? It must be at least 28 days before your ceremony but no longer than 12 months.

This is a legal requirement that all couples must complete before they can marry.

Bonus fact: you and your partner will be interviewed in private by your registrar just before you get married. This takes place at your ceremony venue and is to check all the details given are correct, that you both wish to go through with the wedding and to calm any last-minute nerves.

Interested to find out more about getting married with a registrar in East Sussex? Contact Ceremonies in East Sussex for registrar availability or general enquiries.