How to get married

Marriage

Give notice

To have a wedding you must give notice.

  • Book an appointment to give notice at the Oldham Register Office
  • Notice must be given 29 days before the wedding
  • Notice can be given up to 12 months in advance
  • Fee: £35.00
You will need to give notice of marriage at least one month before your wedding date.

There will be a referral scheme in place, whereby all non-EEA nationals without settled status, a marriage or civil partnership visa or evidence of immigration status will be referred to the Home Office Immigration for further investigation.  

Those within scope of the referral scheme may have this waiting period extended from 28 days to 70 days if their case is still being considered.

Couples wishing to marry in the Church of England or Church in Wales where one or both are non-EEA national(s) will be required to give their notice of marriage at a designated register office. 

Please contact the registrars service on 0161 770 8960 to make an appointment or for more advice about the changes.

Foreign nationals without the right of abode in the UK

Emergency arrangements

This number is for use only out of normal office hours.

  • Phone: 0161 770 2222

Book the ceremony and pay the fees

You need to get in touch with the venue where you want to have the ceremony (see options below).

Where and when you have your wedding will determine the fees to pay.

Oldham Register Office/Chadderton Town Hall

You can make a provisional booking for a wedding ceremony up to 2 years in advance, then from 12 months to the date you must make an appointment  to give notice (see 'Give notice' above).

Tuesday to Friday

Times: Any time between 10.00am - 11.30am or 2.15pm - 3.45pm

  • Register office (maximum 6 people): £50.00
  • Green Room (maximum 20 people): £110.00
  • Oak Room (maximum 100 people): £170.00

Saturday afternoon (please ring to check times and availability)

Times: Any time between 2.00pm or 4.00pm

  • Green Room (maximum 20 people): £350.00
  • Oak Room (maximum 100 people): £350.00

Sundays and Bank Holidays (please ring to check times and availability)

Times: 9.00am - 5.00pm

  • Green Room (maximum 20 people): £405.00
  • Oak Room (maximum 100 people): £405.00

Church

You will need to contact the minister of the church you want to get married in.

Notice of marriage for a religious ceremony can only be given if at least one of you lives in the district where the marriage will take place or it is the usual place of worship of either of you.

Church of England: you do not normally need to give notice if the minister is publishing banns for you.

If either party to the marriage is a foreign national the minister will not be able to publish banns and you will need to give notice of marriage as a designated register office.

The nearest designated offices to Oldham are Manchester and Blackburn Register Offices.

Contact the minister to make the arrangements for the calling of banns.

Fees are payable to Oldham Registrars Office:

  • Notice fees: £35.00 per person
  • If a registrar is required to attend the marriage: £84.00 (including certificate)

Other approved venues

  • Any hotel currently licensed in the Oldham Borough
  • Clough Manor, Rochdale Road, Denshaw
    Phone: 01457 871040
  • Saddleworth Hotel, Huddersfield Road, Delph
    Phone: 01457 871888
  • Smokies Park Hotel, Ashton Road, Bardsley
    Phone: 0161 785 5000
  • Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton
    Phone: 0161 682 7254
  • Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill
    Phone: 01457 876665
  • White Hart Inn, Stockport Road, Lydgate
    Phone: 01457 872566
  • George Street Chapel, George Street, Oldham
    Phone: 0161 622 9358

Fees

Fees must be paid at least 3 months before the ceremony.

Fees payable to Oldham Registrars Office:

  • Notice fee: £35.00 per person
  • If a registrar is required to attend the marriage (Tuesday - Saturday): £350.00 (including certificate)
  • If a registrar is required to attend the marriage (Sundays and Bank Holidays): £405.00 (including certificate)

Other buildings

You can apply for a building to be certified for worship/marriages by contacting the Oldham Register Office on 0161 770 8960.

Fees

Fees payable to Oldham Registrars Office:

  • Certification for worship: £29, and
  • Registration for marriage: £123

Outside Oldham

  • Book an appointment to give notice at the Oldham Register Office
  • Make a booking with the office where you want to get married a maximum of 12 months and a minimum of 29 days before the ceremony
  • Ask about fees at the register office where you want to get married

Outside the UK

  • You might be able to give notice at the Oldham Register Office
  • Check with the consulate about documents you will need
  • For help getting married abroad phone the Register Office on 0161 770 8960

Oldham Register Office
Chadderton Town Hall
Middleton Road
Chadderton
Oldham, OL9 6PP
Tel 0161 770 8960
Fax 0161 770 3729
Same sex marriages Same sex marriages From 13 March 2014 you can register for a same sex marriage.