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Marriages and civil ceremonies

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Please check our latest Covid-19 advice page before visiting.

Please note that unless the social distance measures currently in place are lifted, the maximum capacity for the Woodlands Ceremony suite, will remain at 26 people.

Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies are open from the following phased dates but are subject to government guidelines and may be subject to change:

  • 8 March 2021 - 6 people (Couple and 4 guests)
  • 12 April 2021 - 15 people (Couple and 13 guests)
  • 17 May 2021 - 30 people (Couple and 28 guests)
  • 21 June 2021 - Room capacity (in accordance with government guidance issued at the time)

These are the earliest dates that the number of guests may be able to attend but all weddings are booked for 6 people. See terms and conditions.

Please note priority will be given to ceremonies cancelled during the period from 20 December 2020 to 7 March 2021.

Please contact us using the Register Office enquiry form.

For marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 28 full days notice at your local register office.


Register office weddings and civil partnerships

Find out about the ceremony we offer, fees, approved venues, terms and conditions, and how to book a registrar.

For marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 28 full days notice at your local register office.

The ceremony Toggle accordion

We provide the ceremony and do not use scripts provided by anyone else. However, you may wish to include some additional vows and promises and we will make every effort to include your choices, provided the content remains seemly, dignified and reflects the solemnity of the occasion.  

We will make the final decision on any wording used, and will not accept liability for any omission, which may be caused by reasons beyond our control. 

For ceremonies at our approved venues, if you wish to include religious blessings or any further materials this must be separate to the main ceremony and take place once the registrars have left the building. You are responsible for obtaining copyright licence for music, reading or other materials permitted at the ceremony.

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We offer a wide range of prices to suit all budgets.

Booking fee

A ceremony booking fee (non-refundable and non-transferable) is charged to secure the date and time of your ceremony and costs £120. 

Ceremony fees for approved venues

A ceremony at one of our approved premises (see below) costs:

  • Monday to Saturday £385 
  • Sunday, Bank Holidays £470

Ceremony fees for The Register office

A register office ceremony (bride, groom and 2 witnesses only) at Woodlands House is available on Tuesday mornings and costs £57. This ceremony does not include access to the side or rear garden for post-event celebrations such as photographs. 

All prices are inclusive of one certificate.

Ceremony fees for Woodlands House ceremony suite

  • Monday to Thursday £190 
  • Friday (morning or afternoon) £230
  • Friday evening (dusk) £372 
  • Saturday £330 

An additional charge of £85 will be applied to all bookings taking place on St Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, New year’s Eve, public holidays and bank holiday weekends.

All prices are inclusive of one certificate.

Your civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony can take place at Woodlands House Register Office, ceremony suite or at either of our other two approved venues, Eastbury Manor and The City Pavilion. Woodlands House offers a beautifully decorated ceremony room and gardens. 

If you are using one of the approved venues, contact the venue and the Register Office before confirming your booking.

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Coronavirus - updates to Terms and Conditions

  • The Coronavirus pandemic has not ended and the virus is still present in the population. It may be necessary to cancel and/or reschedule appointments and ceremonies at short notices due to changes in government restriction, or the need for our staff to self-isolate.
  • By booking at this time, you agree that you understand and accept the risk of late notice cancellations or rescheduling.
  • The maximum number of guests that the room you have booked can accommodate is stated at the time of booking. However due to the current emergency the number of guests may be varied without warning due to government guidance and guidance from Public Health England.
  • The minimum number of guests that will be allowed at a ceremony is two witnesses.
  • No refunds will be offered to customers who are subject to restrictions in the number of guests due to pandemic.
  • There will be no right to reschedule due to guest or other pandemic restrictions, the normal rescheduling fees and polices will be in operation.
  • Government advice requires the wearing of face coverings.
  • Barking and Dagenham Registration service will not provide face coverings to guests during the pandemic.
  • At the recommendation/instruction of the Government enhancements to ceremonies above the statutory minimum may be removed at any time without notice.

Licensed venues

All ceremonies must take place in a building or structure to that has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships.

Civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Your ceremony booking is accepted on the condition that:

  • no legal impediment to the marriage or civil partnership exists and legal preliminaries are completed within statutory time limits
  • any foreign divorce/dissolution papers are accepted by the registrar general where applicable
  • a booking fee is paid  

The balance of ceremony fees is payable either at the time of booking or by 8 weeks prior to the date of the ceremony, whichever is the nearer date to the day of the ceremony. Fees are subject to change on 1 January each year. You will be required to pay the fee that is applicable for the date of your ceremony.

Booking confirmation fees

Booking confirmation fees are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Cancellation of bookings by us

Your ceremony may be cancelled by us if:

  • the total fees have not been paid
  • legal preliminaries have not or cannot be completed

We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you arrive more than 5 minutes late.

We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if the number of wedding guests exceeds the maximum permitted number for the room booked.

If you don't bring the right documents the registration officer may not be able to undertake the relevant legal requirements needed for the ceremony and you may need to re-book and pay for another appointment.

Cancellation of bookings by you

If you have to cancel a ceremony you'll need to notify us in writing.

If you have already paid the full amount for the ceremony and it is: 

  • more than 8 weeks before the ceremony date you will receive a full refund of the balance fee (excluding non-refundable reservation/booking fees)
  • between 1 calendar month and 8 weeks before the ceremony date you will receive 50% refund of the balance fee (excluding non-refundable reservation/booking fees)
  • less than 1 calendar month before the ceremony date (or failure to cancel), there will be no refund


We will allocate staff to attend your ceremony and reserves the right to substitute other experienced and qualified staff in case of sickness or other unforeseen circumstances on the day.

Room capacity

For fire safety and comfort, the number of guests must not exceed the capacity of the room, which is stipulated in the licence of the venue (38 for the main ceremony room, 6 for the small ceremony room and 2 for the Registrars Office). Additional guests will be excluded from the ceremony.


The couple and witnesses must arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the specified service begins to enable the registrar to conduct the necessary legal preliminaries

The registrars conduct a number of ceremonies per day and is unable to delay your ceremony.

You and your guests must arrive at the venue promptly to enable the ceremony to start on time. The registrar, at their discretion, may commence the ceremony without all the guests present.

Failure to commence the ceremony on time could impact on the amount of time available for the ceremony and could mean reductions to content and timings The allocated time per ceremony is 30 minutes in total.

Your ceremony may have to be postponed if it cannot be completed within 30 minutes of the scheduled start time of the ceremony and the delay is not our fault. In these circumstances the registrar will advise if the ceremony can be completed on that day. 

If the ceremony is postponed to later on in the scheduled day and is not due us, you may be required to pay an additional fee for costs incurred by us. 

If the ceremony cannot proceed on the scheduled date due to no fault of the of us, you will be required to pay the registrar’s attendance fee for the new date and possibly the cost to obtain fresh, legal notices. The booking fee will not be refunded.


Apart from trained guide/hearing dogs, animals (including pets) are not allowed to be present or take part in any part of a ceremony.


We will not accept liability for:

  • the failure of any music system provided by the venue, you or a third party
  • the failure of any CD provided by the venue, you or a third party
  • any delay or loss caused by your late or non-arrival
  • any loss caused by a request from you or your representatives to delay the ceremony
  • any loss or compensation where a ceremony is stopped from proceeding because (a) it would be void if it went ahead, (b) an offence under the Marriage Act or Civil Partnership Act would be committed, c) it would be against the public interest
  • any decision to permit a delay the ceremony is at our discretion


In the event of a force majeure, we will endeavour to perform your ceremony on your chosen day. We strongly recommend that you take out ceremony insurance to cover losses or expenses incurred in the case of events outside our control.

Any reference to working days does not include Saturday, Sunday, bank or public holidays.

Approval of the venue is granted only in connection with the provision of ceremonies.

We cannot accept liability for the failure or neglect on behalf of the venue, of any agreement between you and the venue for the use or provision of any services and/or facilities.

Code of conduct for Woodlands House

  • smoking and/or the use of vaping devices is not permitted at any point during any ceremony or on the premises
  • the consumption of food or alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the premises
  • anyone obviously under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave a ceremony and/or the premises
  • recordings may not be made anywhere within the building, except during civil marriage/civil partnership, renewal of vows, naming ceremonies and post-event celebrations as agreed by staff
  • staff reserve the right to exclude visitors and guests from the premises or to withdraw a service from those who, in their judgement, behave in a rude, uncooperative or disruptive manner


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If you are using one of the approved venues above, contact the venue to agree a date before booking a registrar. 

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Contact us

Register Office, Woodlands House, Rainham Road North, Dagenham RM10 7ER


Explore our Register Office, Woodlands House

Woodlands House offers a beautifully decorated ceremony room and gardens for parties of up to 40 people. For less formal occasions we offer a service for four people in the superintendent registrar’s office.

We offer a wide range of prices to suit all budgets. Contact us to discuss your requirements or book an appointment.

There is limited on street parking nearby.