Alternative marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Tailor made wedding ceremonies

Are you looking for a wedding ceremony which will be totally unlike any other weddings you have attended?

We can offer you the opportunity to create your own unique and personal ceremony in a location hand-picked by you.

The location is your decision. It could be outdoors in a garden or wooded area, a boat, marquee or in your own home, to name but a few.

Your ceremony would be bespoke, written especially for you with the option of writing your own ceremony if you choose.

With 181 years’ experience of marrying couples, Registration service staff will help you to create an exclusive and memorable Wedding Day

To ensure all legal aspects of your marriage are met we will make arrangements for your legal ceremony to take place at Sale Town Hall at a time and date of your choice, followed by your own personal ceremony at your chosen location. We will ensure that you have a seamless service, leaving you without the worry of whether your marriage will be legally recognised and with the confidence that your celebrant has a wealth of experience.

Service will include

  • Provisional booking for both the legal marriage and celebrant ceremony                             
  • Legal Marriage at Trafford Register Office
  • A personalised ceremony at your chosen venue
  • An experienced celebrant to guide you through all the processes
  • A meeting with yourselves at your venue

Service will not include

Notice of intention to Marry

Outdoor weddings at venues which are licenced for marriage in Trafford Council

Legal marriage ceremonies can only take place at a venue which has been approved for this purpose. This can restrict options and prevent you from having an outdoor ceremony which is recognised in law.

Trafford Register Office has introduced a new concept which will give you the ability to have your ceremony, outdoors, at a venue which has been approved for Marriage/Civil Partnership.

We will conduct a unique and personal ceremony for you in the grounds of the venue, followed by a legal marriage indoors, in one of the licenced rooms, ensuring you have the best of both worlds, delivered in a seamless and personal service.

Due to COVID-19 the Government are allowing outside marriages and civil partnerships to take place from the 1 July 2021 to 30 April 2022 as a temporary measure. This temporary legislation will allow approved venues who have an outdoor linked area to include this on their license, meaning that marriages and civil partnership's taking place in this area will be legally recognised.

What is included

  • A Legal marriage and legal certificate
  • A unique and personal ceremony outdoors, or in a gazebo or marquee, conducted by one of our professional celebrants

What is not included

  • Notice of intention to marry
  • Provisional booking fee