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If you wish to marry in England or Wales you may do so either by civil or religious ceremony.

From 2 March there will be changes to the marriage regulations following the implementation of the second phase of the Immigration Act 2014 (Sham).

The act introduces a referral and investigation scheme for citizens from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who wish to marry within England and Wales.

Follow this link for information on how the regulation changes will affect you.

Luton Registration Service - marriages and fees

The Town Hall

Luton Registration Service’s  premier ceremony venue, ‘The Town Hall’ is located in the heart of Luton.  It is a grade II listed neoclassical style building that boasts many original art deco features, a large number of which recall images from the town’s coat of arms: the wheatsheaf, the rose and the thistle.  Entrance to the ceremony room is via the original front entrance of the town hall, where the beautiful marble staircase that leads up to the first floor ceremony room will provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding photographs.  The marriage ceremony room is tastefully decorated with wood panelling and is furnished with heavy oak furniture.
 
Facilities
  • can accommodate up to 80 guests
  • parking for the bridal car in front of the Town Hall steps
  • use of the balcony for photographs (by prior arrangement)
  • disabled access
  • toilet facilities
  • CD player
  • use of the Mayor’s Parlour for pre marriage checks
  • choice of room layout  
The Ceremony
  • choice of declarations and contracting words
  • choice of ring words and the option to write your own
  • own choice of music (non- religious)
  • readings and Poems (non- religious)
  • photographer/Videographer use permitted
  • any other additional requirements, please discuss with the registration officer when giving notice

The Georgian Room

You may have up to 26 guests on Monday to Sunday.
You will be offered a wider choice of ceremony, which includes:

  • choice of declarations and contracting words
  • choice of ring words and the option to write your own
  • bring your own choice of music (non religious)
  • readings
  • any other additional requirements, please discuss with the registration officer when giving notice
Alternatively you may wish to have a very short and simple ceremony - the choice is yours.

The Georgian Room Annexe

You may marry in the Georgian Room Annexe on Mondays to Thursday mornings only.

You will be offered a simple short legal ceremony and may have up to 14 guests. You will have the option of choosing your declarations, exchanging rings and a choice of ring words.

The registration officer will discuss all of your requirements at the time of giving notice. Alternatively you may contact the office to discuss before making an appointment.

Luton Register Office

You may marry at Luton Register Office on Thursdays only at 10am. You will be offered a simple short legal ceremony, held in a working office. You will have the option of choosing your declarations, exchanging rings and a choice of ring words. This ceremony is for the bride and groom and a limited number of guests only.

The registration officer will see you both in private to check the information to be entered into the marriage register.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • your full name, age, occupation, marital status and address
  • the full name and occupation of your natural, adoptive or step-father

Please note all ceremonies need to be paid in full at the time of booking. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 will be required to provisionally book an approved marriage venue.

From the 10th December 2014, couples who have registered their civil partnership in England and Wales can convert their civil partnership into a marriage.

As of the 9th December 2015 a fee of £50.00 will be charged.

You will need to arrange an appointment to attend together at the Luton Register Office and you will need to provide evidence of identity, nationality and address, as well as a certified copy of your original civil partnership certificate.

Certificates can be issued after the conversion has taken place for a fee of £4.00 per copy.

Please contact the Luton Register Office directly, for further info.

If one or both civil partners are a non-national, it is advisable that you contact your consulate office to ascertain your new marital status under your nation's local laws, prior to converting.

Witnesses

You are required by law to provide two witnesses to your marriage. They may be relatives, friends or colleagues and they must be able to understand and speak English and understand the meaning of the ceremony. Afterwards they will be asked to sign the register.

Extra copies of marriage certificates

Follow this link to get additional copies of a marriage certificate.

Please note if applying online
When you have submitted your request you will be issued with a reference number which you will need to copy and use when you make your payment.

Fees (cash or cards only)

Notice of marriage​ £35.00 each, to be paid at time of booking appointment
​Notice of marriage for those who fall within the scope of the new Immigration act ​£47.00 each, to be paid at time of booking appointment
​Consideration by Superintendent Registrar of a divorce obtained outside of the British Isles ​£50
​Consideration by the Registrar General of a divorce obtained outside of the British Isles ​£75
​The Town Hall, Saturday ​£254.00 (payable in advance)
​The Town Hall, Sunday ​£304.00 (payable in advance)
Register office ceremony, available on Thursdays at 10 am only £50
Georgian Room Annexe, Monday - Thursday (mornings only)​ £70 (payable in advance)
Georgian Room, Monday - Thursday £80 (payable in advance)
​Georgian Room, Friday ​£100 (payable in advance)
Georgian Room, Saturday £150 (payable in advance)
​Georgian Room, Sunday ​£250 (payable in advance)
Marriage certificate (after the day and while the register is still current, the fee is £8. After the register has been archived the cost is £11) £4                                                                                         

Registrars fees to attend approved venue

Monday to Friday £350
Saturday £400
Sunday and Bank Holiday £450                                       

A deposit of £50.00 will be required to secure a booking.

Luton Register Office

6 George Street West,
Luton, Bedfordshire,
LU1 2BJ
Tel: 0300 790 0341
Fax: 01582 429522
Email: registration@luton.gov.uk
 
George Street
Luton
LU1 2BQ
 

Approved ceremony venues in Luton district

The Auction House
Crescent Road
Luton
LU1 0AH    
01582 732655

The Chiltern HotelWaller Avenue
Luton
LU4 9RU    
01582 575911

Crescent Hall Events Venue Ltd
50 Dunstable Road
Luton
LU1 1EF
01582 723386
 
Hart House Business Centre
Kimpton Road
Luton
LU2 0LB
01582 522427
 

Hilton Garden Inn
Butterfield
Great Marlings
Luton LU2 8DL 
01582 435300

Luton Town Football Club
1 Maple Road,
Luton,
LU4 8AW
01582 411622

Mossman Building,
Stockwood Discovery Centre
London Road
Luton,
LU1 4LX
01582 548600

Venue 360
20 Gypsy Lane
Luton
LU1 3JH

Register office opening hours (by appointment):

Monday-Friday 9.15am-4.15pm                                          
Saturday ceremonies by appointment
 

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 Contact information

 
Luton Register Office
6 George Street West, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BJ
Tel: 0300 790 0341
Fax: 01582 429522
 

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