Photo: Albert Palmer Wedding Photography
Organising Your Registrars

The Registrars who will lead your through your ceremony are a very important part of your special day, so once you have confirmed your booking at Highcliffe Castle you will need to give notice and book registrars to attend your wedding. The Castle can not give notice for you as you have to provide personal information and declarations which form the legal side of your marriage.

On the day of your wedding, you will both be required to meet with the registrar to run through your ceremony and confirm your details, however, to honour tradition the Groom will meet the registrars first and then the Bride will meet
them just before entering the Wintergarden. This meeting is also a good opportunity for you to meet the registrar who will conduct your ceremony, have a quick sip of water and a final check in the mirror.
Whilst it is important to confirm the attendance of a Registrar for your ceremony, at Highcliffe Castle, we work very closely with a dedicated team of Registrars that conduct ceremonies at the Castle on a regular basis, and therefore, unlike many venues, when booking Highcliffe Castle, you can be safe in the knowledge that a registrar will always be available to attend your special day.

Wherever you decide to hold your Civil Ceremony, a fee for the attendance of the Registrars will be payable direct to the Registration Service and details of the current fees are as follows*:

To give notice of marriage or civil partnership costs £35 per person.
*correct as of 1st December 2014.  Source:

You will also have to give a notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar(s) of the district(s) in which you live. This notice must be given in person and is valid for 12 months.


Please be advised that only a civil, non-religious ceremony can be permitted by the Superintendent Registrar. Any music, reading, words or performance, which forms any part of the ceremony, must be secular. The content of the ceremony must be agreed in advance with the Superintendent Registrar who will be attending the ceremony.
If you require any further information, please contact the Superintendent Registrar for your district.
Dorset Registration Service can be contacted on: 01202 225153 or via email:
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