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Welcome to The Grand Hall

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage

Exchanging wedding vows with the person you love and publicly declaring your commitment to each other is the most special part of your big day, so it’s important to choose the perfect surroundings for such an occasion. Situated in the heart of Bedford town centre, the magnificent Grand Hall, Bromham Road is steeped in history. Dating back to 1882, this stunning ground floor room is now fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies for up to 160 guests.

Planning Your Civil Ceremony

Planning your Wedding or Civil Partnership Ceremony

...a step by step guide

1. Check your preferred wedding date and time with the local Registry office to see when the Superintendent Registrar (to conduct the service) and the Registrar of Marriages (to record the details in the marriage register and issue your certificate) are available. The local Registry Office for Bedford Borough can be contacted by email on civil.registration@bedford.gov.uk or by phone on 01234 267422.

2. Book your perfect wedding ceremony venue.

3. Give notice of your intention to marry at your local registry office at least 15 days before the wedding. Your Notice of Marriage will then be displayed on the notice board at the Register Office for 15 days, in case anyone knows of any legal objection why you shouldn’t be married. Following this period, you will be legally able to hold your ceremony within 12 months.

4. Pay a small fee to the Superintendent Registrar and show the relevant personal documentation.

5. Bring at least two other people to the ceremony who are prepared to witness the marriage and sign the marriage register.

6. Have a wonderful day!