Within this guide you will find information on all celebratory services that Bristol Register Office has to offer; marriage, civil partnership, civil partnership conversion ceremonies, civil naming ceremonies and renewal of vows. It also includes detailed advice ranging from legal requirements and procedures to licensed venues and services to help your day run smoothly from start to finish.
Bristol Ceremonies Guide
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Within this guide you will find information on all celebratory services that Bristol Register Office has to offer; marriage, civil partnership, civil partnership conversion ceremonies, civil naming ceremonies and renewal of vows. It also includes detailed advice ranging from legal requirements and procedures to licensed venues and services to help your day run smoothly from start to finish. We are very proud of The Old Council House building and the rooms we have available. If you wish to view the rooms please call us on 0117 922 2800 or email us at email@example.com to arrange a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon.
city full of character and historical interest making it a perfect choice for your ceremony.
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You must first decide where and when you wish to marry. If you wish to marry within England or Wales there are several options: If you wish to have a religious ceremony, you must marry in either an Anglican church (Church of England) or in a place of worship which has been registered by the Registrar General for marriage ceremonies. Marriage
If you wish to have a civil ceremony you may marry in any register office within England or Wales or at approved premises – a building which has been granted a licence for civil marriages. For example a hotel, civic building or stately home. The law makes a clear distinction between a religious and a civil ceremony. This means that you may not hold a religious ceremony on premises authorised for civil ceremonies, and you may not hold a civil ceremony in a place of worship.
The Grand Council Chamber
Choosing your Venue Civil marriages take place in register offices or approved premises and are arranged through the register office that covers the area where you intend to marry. Religious marriages are booked through your priest, minister or other religious representative If you want to marry in a place of worship which is in a different district from where you both live, it is usually only possible if either of you worships there. Our staff will be glad to advise you on this matter. Ceremonies at The Old Council House
The Grand Council Chamber Opened by Queen Victoria and housing large paintings depicting various events in Bristol’s history, this is the ideal venue for larger ceremonies.
who will advise you whether you need to contact a register office as part of the procedure. Ceremonies in Places of Religious Worship If you are planning a Church of England wedding the vicar will advise you on the legal requirements. If you have arranged to marry in a place of worship which does not belong to the Church of England you must give notice at the register office. If you or the person you wish to marry is subject to immigration control please see ‘Giving notice if you are subject to immigration control’. You may need to book a registrar to be present at your ceremony. If so, you will need to contact the register office as soon as possible.
The register office is a Grade II* listed building which has many wonderful, interesting features including a grand staircase, ideal for those special pictures. The building is situated at the corner of Corn Street and Broad Street. Ceremonies are held between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 3.30pm Saturday. In addition to the Statutory Room and the Mayoral Room, Bristol Register Office also has two very special rooms available for ceremonies. The Lantern Room With its beautifully crafted interior and elegant lighting, the Lantern Room’s regency-style setting provides the ideal atmosphere for that special event.
Ceremonies at Approved Premises
Alternatively, you may want to choose from one of the many approved premises that are listed in the back pocket of this guide. It is essential that you visit your chosen venue as they will require a deposit to secure your booking. After that, contact the register office to confirm the date and agree a time.
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Getting Married Giving notice to form a marriage
marriage can take place. The marriage must take place within twelve months of the date when notice was given. Giving notice if you are subject to immigration control Unless you are a British citizen, you will be subject to immigration control. For further information please contact the Bristol Register Office.
The notice is a legal statement which must be signed by you and the person you are marrying. The numbers of days’ notice you have to give prior to your ceremony is 28 days for everyone, but possibly 70 days if you or your partner are subject to immigration control. Both parties are required by law to give legal notice of marriage in person to the register office in the district in which they have resided for a minimum of seven consecutive nights. There is a fee for giving notice – please ask for details. After you have given notice you must wait at least 28 days before the
Documents required One of the registration staff will interview you in private. In all cases evidence of identity and nationality will be required. The preferred document is a current passport. If you do not have a passport there are other documents which may be acceptable: please contact us for advice. We also require proof of residence: A bank statement no more than 1 month old at the time of the appointment, a utility bill no more than 3 months old at the time of the appointment, the current council tax bill, mortgage statement or tenancy agreement or valid driving licence are acceptable. If either of you have been married or through a civil partnership before, either in this country or abroad, you will need to produce evidence that the previous marriage or civil partnership has ended. If you are divorced, and your divorce was in England or Wales the document required is a Decree Absolute. If the divorce was elsewhere you must produce the original document issued by the court and, if not written in English, a third party translation. A fee of either £50 or £75 is payable for the consideration of any divorce granted outside the British Isles. This will be done by either the register office or the General Register Office, dependent on where the divorce was granted, and will enable your ceremony to go ahead. If you are widowed, bring the death certificate of your former spouse.
This is usually followed by an exchange of rings, after which the Superintendent Registrar will declare you are now married. To conclude, the couple and their witnesses will sign the marriage schedule. It is essential that you check the schedule entry carefully before signing. Any mistakes can only be corrected if they are noticed straight away. Once signed, only by a formal application to the General Register Office can any error be amended and will incur a fee of £90. There will then be an opportunity for photographs. If you wish to know more about marriage ceremonies at the register office or approved venues, please ask your registrar for details. We are here to give guidance and support throughout and will do everything within our power to make your day happy and memorable.
If you have changed your name legally please bring the legal document with you. Our registration staff will advise you which documents are required, depending on your own personal circumstances. Please be aware that photocopies are not acceptable. The Marriage Ceremony On the day you must bring at least two people with you to be witnesses to your marriage. You can choose any relative or friend as long as they are old enough to understand what is taking place. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the ceremony is due to begin as we will need to check the details taken at the time of the notice. The Superintendent Registrar will welcome everyone and introduce the registrar. You will be reminded of the legal definition of marriage and of the solemn and binding character of the vows you will be making to each other. In order for the marriage to be legal you must make two declarations, which will be repeated after the registrar. Firstly that there is no legal impediment to your marriage and secondly that you take one another to be legally married.
The Civil Partnership On the day you must bring two people with you to be witnesses to your civil partnership. You can choose any relative or friend as long as they are old enough to understand what is taking place. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the civil partnership is due to begin as we will need to check the details taken at the time of the notice and collect any fees due. The Partnership Registrar will welcome you and remind you of the legal nature of civil partnerships. The couple and their witnesses will then sign the civil partnership schedule. You may exchange rings, gifts or special vows, after which the partnership registrar will declare that you are civil partners. It is essential that you check the schedule carefully before signing. Any mistakes can only be corrected if they are noticed straight away. Once signed, only by a formal application to the General Register Office can any error be amended and will incur a fee of £90. There will then be an opportunity for photographs. If you wish to know more about civil partnerships at the register office or approved venues, please ask your registrar for details. We are here to give guidance and support throughout and will do everything within our power to make your day happy and memorable.
and schedule will state the place in which the civil partnership will take place. If you wish to change the venue then new notices will
have to be given. Documents required
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One of the registration staff will interview you in private. In all cases evidence of identity and nationality will be required. The preferred document is a current passport. If you do not have a passport there are other
Civil partnership is a legal and formal recognition of the relationship between two people, through which they gain rights in law similar to married couples. Choosing your Venue Civil partnerships can take place in register offices or approved premises (a full list of approved premises in Bristol are listed in the back pocket of this brochure) and are arranged through the register office that covers the area where you intend to form the partnership. Giving Notice of intention to form a Civil Partnership Before a civil partnership can take place couples must give formal notice of their intention to enter into a civil partnership. This is a legal requirement and failure to give notice will result in the civil partnership not taking place. You must live in the registration authority district for at least seven days before you may give notice on the eighth day. It does not matter if you move away from the area after you have given notice. Once notice has been given, a period of 28 clear days or possibly 70 days if you or your partner are subject to immigration control, must elapse before the schedule (authority for the partnership to take place) can be issued. This is valid for one year. The notice
documents which may be acceptable: please contact us for advice. We also require proof of residence: A bank statement no more than 1 month old at the time of the appointment, a utility bill no more than 3 months old at the time of the appointment, the current council tax bill, mortgage statement or tenancy agreement or valid driving licence are acceptable. If either of you have been married or through a civil partnership before, either in this country or abroad, you will need to produce evidence that the previous marriage or civil partnership has ended. If you are divorced, and your divorce was in England or Wales the document required is a court-stamped Decree Absolute. If the divorce was elsewhere you must produce the original document issued by the court and, if not written in English, a third party translation. A fee of either £50 or £75 is payable for the consideration of any divorce granted outside the British Isles. This will be done by either the register office or the General Register Office, dependent on where the divorce was granted, and will enable your ceremony to go ahead. If you are widowed, bring the death certificate of your former spouse. If you have changed your name legally please bring the legal document with you. Our registration staff will advise you which documents are required, depending on your own personal circumstances. Please note that photocopies are not acceptable.
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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel (Licensed for Civil Ceremonies)
The majestic Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, overlooking the city’s Cathedral and College Green, offers a perfect setting for your wedding day. From their Grade II listed iconic Palm Court, with original Bath stone walls to preciously restored event suites, they have original features to add a little sophistication to the event. Bringing the best of Bristolian affair to your next event, they have a team of dedicated event professionals on hand to bring your big day to life. Their recently restored function rooms can accommodate from 70 up to 260 guests and also have 266 bedrooms. Contact their events team on 0117 925 5100 for more information. Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 STA. Tel: 0117 925 5100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.bristolmarriottroyal.co.uk The Bristol (Licensed for civil ceremonies) The Bristol is home to some of the most exciting event spaces in the city. With its iconic, harbourside location, excellent food, drink & accommodation options, weddings at The Bristol are always special. For larger celebrations, The Ballroom is sure to impress, with floor-to-ceiling windows, Waterford crystal chandeliers, a private bar and lounge facilities. The William Jessop Suite is a beautiful, softly furnished, and romantic room with cream walls, thick drapes, and a lounge area, ideal for drinks receptions and chic, highly curated weddings. Or, for a modern, restaurant-style celebration, The River Grille is an impressive venue, with its lofty dimensions, and floor-to-ceiling glass wall. All couples that book their wedding at The Bristol will enjoy a complimentary stay on the night of their wedding with full English Breakfast the following morning, and a complimentary meal in The River Grille on the first anniversary of their wedding. For further information, and to find out about hosting your dream wedding at The Bristol, please get in touch with the team. The Bristol, Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QF. Tel: 0117 923 0333 Email: email@example.com Web: www.doylecollection.com/bristol
Paintworks Event Space (Licensed for civil ceremonies) Paintworks Event Space is a fresh and exciting venue, enabling you to create a truly impressive and original wedding! The scale of this industrial space, with its high ceilings, exposed brick and stonework and stylish outside courtyards make it a perfect backdrop for a contemporary wedding. Urban, upbeat and effortlessly cool, the space works best for couples who want to create a look and feel that’s true to them. Set within the heart of Paintworks, the venue provides limitless striking photo opportunities within its unequalled colourful urban landscape. Fully licenced for private wedding ceremonies with a lovely outside courtyard for drinks receptions, the venue also boasts exceptional in-house caterers and attentive venue staff on hand to ensure perfectly smooth running. Paintworks Event Space, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH. Tel: 0117 971 4320 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.paintworksevents.co.uk
Goldney House and Clifton Hill House (Licensed for civil ceremonies) Wow your guests with a hidden gem of a venue, the Orangery at Goldney House. Set amongst beautiful walled gardens within Bristol’s prized Clifton Village, it offers the perfect backdrop for your big day. Receptions are held in the Orangery, this beautiful large, bright, sunny room has dramatic views of the ornamental canal, tower and gardens. A seated formal wedding breakfast can accommodate 110 guests and up to 150 for a standing buffet. There are several unique spaces which are licensed for civil ceremonies which include The Mahogany Parlour at Goldney House, The Music and Drawing Room at neighbouring Clifton Hill House and the intimate Rotunda nestled in the grounds of Goldney House. Tel: 0117 428 4000 Email: email@example.com Web: www.bristol.ac.uk/venues
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Merchants’ Hall (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Steinway piano as well as numerous paintings and antiques. Dinner is served in the magnificent dining room, which features French doors that lead out onto the spacious terrace and beautiful gardens, the perfect location for a champagne reception and stunning photography. Located in private grounds just a short walk away from picturesque Clifton village, Merchants’ Hall is licensed to conduct marriages and civil partnerships. They warmly welcome you to arrange a viewing. Merchants’ Hall, The Promenade, Bristol BS8 3NH. Tel: 0117 973 8058 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.merchants-hall.com
Steeped in history, Merchants’ Hall in Clifton is a grand, Victorian mansion that offers a unique and memorable venue for your special day. With a rich heritage including visits from Prime Ministers and members of the Royal Family, the entire hall is made available exclusively to your party during the day, seating up to 100 guests for your wedding breakfast who will dine beneath 18th century Georgian chandeliers. Following the impressive entrance hall and the sweeping double staircase, your guests will be welcomed into the grand reception room, flooded with natural daylight and featuring a
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Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Located just a stone’s throw from Bristol register office the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel has had an extensive makeover in recent years, giving the historic Grade II listed building a stylish and distinctive new look. The hotel’s rejuvenated interior draws inspiration from both the city’s independent art scene and the building’s rich historic past; creating a classic, yet contemporary, finish. The Hotel has a number of beautiful event suites ideal for wedding ceremonies and celebrations of all sizes, in addition to Keepers Kitchen and Bar ideal for vintage afternoon teas, drinks receptions and more informal gatherings. Give their wedding co-ordinator a call now to discuss your own bespoke arrangements and budget. Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL.
Tel: 0117 929 1645 Email: HA0i2-SB@accor.com Web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-A0I2-mercure- bristol-grand-hotel/index.shtml
The Square Club (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Deck bar also comes with the use of the outdoor, heated Terrace which is perfect for the summer. Or in the winter months, enjoy the Secret Garden; a cosy, heated space away from the party. Indulge in a cocktail or two, and enjoy the unique versatility of The Square with friends and family. To top it off, the adjoining Berkeley Square Hotel, has 42 rooms and 5 luxury Suites. After the event, guests can retire to a hotel room, enjoy the perfect stay and breakfast together in the morning. The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB Tel: 0117 921 0455 Email: email@example.com Web: www.thesquareclub.com
Located in Clifton, close to Bristol City Centre, The Square Club is an exclusive private members club. Ceremonies take place in a light, contemporary space, which can seat up to 60 guests. The ceremony set-up feels intimate yet spacious. Later, The Square transforms into one of the premier wedding reception venues in Bristol. Enjoy an expertly prepared wedding breakfast, by award-winning resident chef Aidan Fisher, choose from 3 packages to suit your requirements. The Cocktail Bar is complete with a dance-floor and music license for a late night soiree – their in house wedding coordinator can help arrange a DJ, or of course, you can bring your own. The Lower
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Klosterhaus (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Situated in a Grade 1 listed building, Klosterhaus will provide the perfect setting for your big day. The elegant interiors allow for a stunning back drop for your wedding photos, plus the prime city centre location in Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus is just another reason for you to love it. Klosterhaus offers several private spaces perfectly tailored for all aspects of your wedding celebration. The venue is licensed to host Civil Ceremonies, allowing you to plan your entire day under one roof and create unforgettable memories for you and your guests. From the initial enquiry through to the big day itself, the Events Team will be available to make your dream day come to life! Klosterhaus, The Friary Building, Quakers Friars, Bristol BS1 3DF Tel: 0117 452 3111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.klosterhaus.co.uk We The Curious (Licensed for civil ceremonies) We The Curious is a unique venue choice, guaranteed to inspire and wow guests on your big day. One of the city’s landmark attractions, We The Curious can offer a simple ceremony in their sunlit Annexe or a reception in the impressive Rosalind Franklin Room. For something truly memorable that will amaze your guests, there’s also the option of a ceremony under a thousand glittering stars in the stunning Planetarium. We The Curious’ dedicated and professional team are on hand to help you create the day you have always dreamed of. Only one function is hosted a day so you are assured of their undivided attention, whether they are hosting your entire celebration, just the ceremony or reception. We The Curious, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB. Tel: 0117 915 8000 Email: email@example.com Web: www.wethecurious.org
Ashton Gate Stadium (Licensed for civil ceremonies) Are you looking for a wedding venue that celebrates you as a couple, as well as providing your guests with the wow-factor? Well look no further, because whether or not you’re a sports fan, Ashton Gate Stadium is the unique location that you’ve been looking for. The £45 million state of the art stadium offers a range of opportunities for your big day, from an intimate and exclusive reception in the Directors Box, overlooking the half-way line, to the Dolman Lounge and Heineken Lounge which benefit from their own balconies and stunning full pitch views, up to their largest iconic suite – the Lansdown Suite, with the capacity to seat up to 800
of your friends, family and loved ones. Relax and enjoy the run up as well as your special day, as their professional and friendly team are committed to supporting and guiding you along the way.
Let Ashton Gate Stadium show you around your perfect venue! Tel: 0117 963 0680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ashtongatestadium.co.uk
Kings Weston House (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Kings Weston House is a Grade 1 listed building designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace. The house boasts a plethora of 18th-century features, including magnificent ceilings, marble fireplaces, and a stunning suspended central staircase which is perfect for those all important photos. It is elegant and characterful, yet retains the charm of a much loved family home surrounded by picturesque woodlands and green fields. The team at Kings Weston are committed to give your wedding a true feeling of warmth, love and care. Just as your special day should be. Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Kingsweston, Bristol BS11 0UR Tel: 0117 985 2335 Email: email@example.com Web: www.kingswestonhouse.co.uk
Arnos Manor Hotel Originally built in 1760, the Arnos Manor Hotel has more than its fair share of history, tales and character. The unique Chapel can hold up to 80 guests for a civil wedding, and the Castle Suite with a lovely Conservatory is perfect for your evening reception for up to 120 guests. At their venue, they offer a choice of wedding packages and a dedicated team who will be present from when you first visit the hotel to when you arrive on your special day. Arnos Manor Hotel, 470 Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3HQ Tel: 0117 971 1461 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.arnosmanorhotel.co.uk
The Southville Centre (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
BS3 Community Development at The Southville Centre is a conscious venue choice for a ceremony or reception. As a registered charity and social enterprise, they reinvest into projects run by themselves or their partners. The Milford Hall is part of an old Victorian school in a grade II listed building and boasts classic features, with high ceilings and parquet floors, perfect for larger weddings. For a more intimate celebration, there is The School Room, a newly renovated café, perfect for a communal meals, shared with friends. Venue hire is exclusive and includes a play garden to keep any younger guests busy, with onsite catering options available. Their dedicated wedding coordinator will be on hand to create your perfect day! BS3 Community Development, The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol BS3 1QG Tel: 0117 923 1039 Email: email@example.com Web: www.bs3community.org.uk
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Hotel Du Vin Bristol City Centre (Licenced for ceremonies) Sublime, one word to define your wedding, undoubtedly the greatest of days. Exquisite private rooms, gorgeous suites, a tranquil courtyard and heavenly dining. Hotel du Vin Bristol City Centre provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and civil partnerships as you glide elegantly from ceremony to celebration and beyond – all orchestrated flawlessly by your own personal wedding co-ordinator. Situated in the magnificently restored Sugar House, a collection of Grade II listed warehouses from the 1700’s. Located close to the rejuvenated Harbourside, the hotel features forty bedrooms including several absolutely stunning double-height loft suites, the award-winning bistro, Sugar Bar and an array of fabulous event rooms perfect for your special day. Hotel Du Vin Bristol City Centre, The Sugar House, Narrow Lewin’s Mead, Bristol BS1 2NU Tel: 0117 925 5577 Email: Weddings.firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.hotelduvin.com
Avon Gorge by Hotel Du Vin (Licenced for ceremonies)
A stunning wedding venue like no other that’s truly out of the ordinary. Whether you choose a BBQ on your private terrace with fantastic views of the Gorge and Suspension bridge or step down into Aquam Bibe. Envision your grand red carpet entrance on the original marble staircase, leading into your private wedding venue with an abundance of historical character and charm, yet modern and contemporary at the same time. Many features of the former baths of the Spa & Hydro hotel are still preserved and make Aquam Bibe so special today. From steel water pipes that brought the “health-giving” spa water into Clifton, to beautiful stained glass windows, marble staircase and details of tiled floors. Arrange your visit to see and fully appreciate, how the mix of historic charm and modern design could be the perfect background for your wedding. Avon Gorge by Hotel Du Vin, Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4LD Tel: 0117 906 4651 Email: Weddings.email@example.com Web: www.hotelduvin.com
Weddings at M Shed (Licensed for civil ceremonies) M Shed is a world-class cultural landmark set on the harbour side in the heart of Bristol. They are fully licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies and flexible enough to suit all budgets and preferences, whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration. They can also offer a number of exclusive options such as arranging for your wedding party to arrive at M Shed in one of their boats for an entrance that won’t be forgotten! Your private roof terrace will give you fantastic panoramic views across Bristol’s harbour side and beyond. Let them show you around call on: 0117 927 3086. M Shed, Wapping Road, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed
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and splendour. The Bordeaux Room has an original stone fireplace with the crest of Bristol above it and can accommodate up to 70 guests. For your reception the Conference Hall is a wonderfully versatile space and can be tailored to suit any style of reception. It can accommodate up to 200 guests with space for entertainment and dancing. With its exquisite rooms, sumptuous dining and your own dedicated event’s organiser, this is an ideal setting for Weddings and ceremonies. Conference Office, City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR Tel: 0117 922 4737 Email: cityhallatparsnipmash.co.uk Web: www.bristol.gov.uk/web/city-hall Alternatively get married outdoors in the ‘secret’ Dairy garden. You can stand amongst the blossom, under the thatched porch of a beautifully quaint dairy cottage, while your guests look on from the landscaped lawn beside the pond. After your ceremony Blaise Castle House Museum provides the perfect setting for photographs and gives you the option to enjoy celebratory drinks, or to stay for the rest of the day. For further information please contact the Museum at museumvenuehire@ bristol.gov.uk Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QS. Web: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/ blaise-castle-house-museum
(Licensed for civil ceremonies) Situated in the beautiful parkland of the Blaise Estate at Henbury, this late eighteenth century mansion was immortalised by being described as ‘the finest place in England’ in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey. They have two options for your ceremony; you can hold it in the Picture Room for up to 70 guests, providing an intimate atmosphere and a grand backdrop for the ceremony. The room has been restored with sumptuous red wallpaper, decorative features and is hung with pictures from the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’s collections.
City Hall (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
As one of the West’s most distinguished venues, City Hall offers an exceptional location for your special day. Each of the stunning rooms available for your Ceremony can be booked separately or combined with the Conference Hall or Main Foyer to provide an adjoining reception space for your Wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. The Lord Mayor’s Reception Room has a luxurious feel, offers a warm welcome with its original period features and can accommodate up to 50 guests. If your numbers are larger the Council Chamber can accommodate 200 guests and offers a certain formality
Mud Dock (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
With it’s elevated views over Bristol’s cranes and harbour, Mud Dock will add an iconic backdrop to your special day. The café accommodates up to 100 guests plus 50 on the stunning south- facing terrace. The large round window is an ideal background for the official knot-tying side of things while the open, airy and rustic bicycle-themed interior is perfect for an informal meal and celebrations to follow. Anna is always on hand to offer help and advice at every stage. If you’d like to arrive by boat, have champagne on the terrace, tables a certain way, time to prep the room with your own decorations, a buffet or à la carte meal or space for dancing - it’s all good. The Clifton Club (Licensed for civil ceremonies)
Mud Dock’s proximity to some of Bristols best hotels, the main train station and ample parking allows guests to arrive easily by train, car or even ferry. For more details please contact Anna, the café manager. Mud Dock, 40 The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB Tel: 0117 934 9734 Email: email@example.com Web: www.mud-dock.com
Nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, overlooking The Mall Gardens, The Clifton Club is fully licensed to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies within their beautiful, 200 year old Regency building. From intimate ceremonies to grand occasions, they believe that every wedding should be tailor-made to suit your tastes and style. Their dedicated and experienced team will guide you throughout the finest details, creating a stress-free process whilst ensuring that your wedding day is as special as you have imagined. Please get in touch today to be personally introduced to their wonderful venue and to discuss your perfect day. The Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DS Tel: 0117 974 5039 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thecliftonclub.co.uk University and Literary Club (Licensed for civil ceremonies) The University and Literary Club (UniLit) is a top central Bristol wedding venue. Originally established in 1889 as the Literary and Philosophic Club, UniLit is a magnificent Georgian building situated in Berkeley Square, at the top of fashionable Park Street in the heart of Bristol. The function rooms are situated on the first and second floors, reached by a stunning Georgian staircase and top-lit by a magnificent glass cupola. You and your guests can spend all day in the club, enjoying your wedding ceremony, reception and evening celebration in beautiful Georgian splendour. Priding themselves on personal and flexible service, they will work with you to ensure you have a perfect day to remember. University and Literary Club
20 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1HP. Tel: 0117 929 1881 Email: email@example.com Web: www.unilit.co.uk
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (Licensed for civil ceremonies) An exclusive landmark venue for your evening wedding celebrations, offering a truly unique setting in the heart of Bristol. Say ‘I do’ in one of the grand event halls adorned with stunning Edwardian Baroque architecture, or for a more intimate occasion a beautiful gallery surrounded by timeless works of art. Whether you’re looking for a grand wedding breakfast or an informal celebration to celebrate with your loved ones, the setting could not be more striking with glass vaulted ceilings, romantic balconies and sweeping staircases – all surrounded by millions of years of history. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL. Tel: 0117 922 2127
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The Mansion House (Licensed for civil ceremonies) The Mansion House integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with the luxury, style and exclusivity you would expect, making it the perfect setting for your special event. This historic hidden gem is one of Bristol’s most exclusive and elegant venues located in the heart of Clifton and is licensed for Civil Ceremonies. There are a number of options for wedding ceremonies, from the elegant Drawing Rroom which can host ceremonies for up to 100 guests to the pretty walled Rose Garden which is the perfect setting for an outside summer wedding.
For more information, please contact Parsnip Mash by phone on 0117 312 0121 or email email@example.com to enquire and arrange a viewing of this beautiful venue. The Mansion House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3LJ. Tel: 0117 312 0121 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.parsnipmash.co.uk Web: www.mansionhousebristol.co.uk
make a dramatic entrance for any event, and lead into the Grand Hall. The Grand Hall is a perfect space for meeting and greeting guests, welcome drinks can be served from the Hall prior to guests making their way onto the other rooms of the Mansion House. All catering is offered in-house by Parsnip Mash www.parsnipmash.co.uk. Parsnip Mash will work together with you to create the perfect day.
The stunning covered Victorian steps The Old Council House (Licensed for civil ceremonies) The Old Council House is an elegant, neo- Classical Grade II* listed building which has many wonderful interesting features, including a grand sweeping staircase and outstanding decoration throughout with many original features. It was built from 1824 to 1827 by Sir Robert Smirke and is situated at the cross roads of Corn Street and Broad Street. Right in the heart of Bristol it has the convenience of being located near the main road and rail links. The Old Council House is a perfect choice for your ceremony with a number of rooms suitable for weddings and civil ceremonies. The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JG. Tel: 0117 922 2800 Email: Register.email@example.com
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Bambalan Bambalan is the perfect alternative spot for couples wanting to do things differently on their big day. Boasting one of Bristol’s best views across the city centre from the stunning roof terrace, and with space for up to 400 guests, Bambalan can offer everything from seated dinners, buffets and receptions and wedding parties. Offering some of the best Mediterranean inspired food and cocktails in the city Bambalan is perfect for laid-back, alternative weddings from start to finish, and they can even help with sourcing DJs, bands and entertainment. Bambalan, Colston Tower, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4XE. Tel: 0117 9221 880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.bambalan.co.uk
The Milk Thistle Hidden in one of the finest historic buildings in the Old City, The Milk Thistle is one of Bristol’s most loved cocktail bars and event spaces. Spread across four floors, The Milk Thistle offers a truly unique and alternative wedding space, from intimate lunch and dinner parties for up to 16 through to larger parties for 120 for a standing buffet, all catered by their sister restaurant The Ox. With stunning decor, atmosphere and outstanding food and cocktails, The Milk Thistle is the perfect spot for couples looking for a classy celebration in impressive surroundings.* The Milk Thistle, Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EB. Tel: 0117 929 4429 Email: email@example.com Web: www.milkthistlebristol.com *no under 18s due to licensing restrictions
The Ox Just a stone’s throw from Bristol Register Office, The Ox Corn Street is one of most decadent spaces in the Old City. Hidden beneath the Commercial Rooms, The Ox is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city, serving seasonal British food and specialising in steak and cocktails. With space for up to 80 seated guests for a private wedding lunch or dinner, or up to 30 in the semi- private dining room, The Ox is a beautiful space offering excellent food, drink and service for couples wanting to celebrate in style. The Ox Bristol, The Basement, 43 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT. Tel: 0117 922 1001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.theoxbristol.com
Betty Bhandari Photography When Betty photographs a wedding, she tells the story of the day exactly as it evolves so you can relive the day for many years to come. Betty frames moments as they happen, captures people’s emotions authentically and creates contemporary, creative and sometimes quirky portraits. All packages include a free video consultation, all travel on the day, high resolution digital photographs and a thoroughly warm-hearted service that includes invaluable advice on planning the day to get the most out of your photography. Betty Bhandari Photography Bath, Bristol & Somerset Wedding Photographer Mob: 07984 029 639 Email: email@example.com Web: www.bettybhandari.com IG: @bettybhandariphotography
Evoke Pictures Creative international wedding photographers based in Bristol. Their approach is both natural and discreet enabling them to capture timeless documentary images full of laughter, tears and joy. With a photojournalistic style, Evoke pride themselves in creating wedding photographs that reflect the real emotion of your day. If you feel inspired to share Evoke’s artistic vision, drop them a line to talk about your special day. Evoke Pictures — Bristol Wedding Photographers Mob: 07979 551 580 Mob: 07907 722 555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.evokepictures.com
Karen Reilly Karen has been designing bespoke wedding gowns for over 30 years. Her creative, stylish and contemporary wedding dresses are individually designed and made by hand to your requirements. You’ll leave Karen’s studio feeling wonderful after your first meeting, she’ll put you at ease and transform your ideas into a beautiful bespoke wedding dress. To view Karen’s dresses please visit the gallery on her website and make an appointment
Olivier Burnside Olivier Burnside is a creative, Fine Art Reportage Wedding Photographer. He has captured many weddings in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Olivier understands the dynamics of a wedding day and how to manage all of the conditions that the UK weather throws at your day to make sure it’s picture perfect If you want natural, beautiful photos that really capture the essence of your day then give him a call. Olivier Burnside – Wedding Photographer Bristol Mob: 07805 204 036
to discuss. Karen Reilly 16 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS. Email: email@example.com Web: www.karenreilly.co.uk
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.olivierburnside.com
Edith Wilmot Florist You’re planning the perfect day. You want something unique and extraordinary. Whether you’re looking for whimsical, glamorous or contemporary at Edith Wilmot’s they create the bespoke designs that make your wedding personal to you. From your first consultation, to the perfect flowers on the day, Edith Wilmot will deliver. Edith Wilmot Bristol Florist 5 Carlton Court, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3DE Tel: 0117 950 8589
The Bristol String Quartet The Bristol String Quartet is a well-established quartet who have played at over 3000 weddings across Bristol and the South-West. With a repertoire of in excess of 2000 pieces ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to The Beatles and Coldplay, you can be sure that they have the perfect music for your special day. The Bristol String Quartet Tel: 07736 273723
Email: email@example.com Web: www.edithwilmot.co.uk
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.thebristolstringquartet.com
Paola De Paola Photography A well-established alternative wedding photographer supporting inclusion, diversity and sustainability. Her style is relaxed, documentary and warm and what she likes the most is capturing your big day’s magical energy. Her friendly, non -judgemental personality will allow you to relax and enjoy your beautiful day. Today more than ever, Paola believes in the importance of being inclusive, embracing diversity and fighting for being more eco-and sustainable. Celebrate plastic-free weddings and Love is love always! Email: email@example.com Web: www.paoladepaola.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaolaDePaolaPhotography IG: www.instagram.com/paoladepaolaphotos/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/Paola_De_Paola
Bristol Contemporary Photography
Rosie Shaw Cake Company At Rosie Shaw Cake Company they take great pride and care in personally creating each cake, from the first consultation to the delivery of your cake. All of the cakes are bespoke and created in their professional kitchen located in St George, Bristol. If you are looking for a cake for your wedding please get in touch at info@ rosieshawcakecompany.co.uk. Rosie Shaw Cake Company, 124 Church Road, Redfield, BS5 9HH. Tel: 07500 554215
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.rosieshawcakecompany.co.uk
Bambalan, Evoke Pictures
All images Betty Bhandari Photography
Civil Naming Ceremony When a new child is born, parents often feel the need for a special occasion to gather together their families and close friends to welcome the child into the family. The civil naming ceremony has no religious content and no legal significance. Each ceremony is designed to meet the individual needs of the family, and includes words of welcome to the child and promises of commitment. The ceremony can also be used to welcome an adoptive child or step-child into a new relationship and family unit. Renewal of Marriage Vows This is a ceremony for a married couple who wish to renew their vows: either to celebrate a special anniversary, or because
their relationship has been through some difficulties and they now wish to renew their commitment to each other. Some couples who have married abroad later decide to renew their vows before their families and friends. Civil Partnership Conversion Ceremony Same-sex couples who are in a civil partnership formed in England or Wales are now legally able to convert this to a marriage. The conversion is a statutory paper process with the option to have a celebratory ceremony.
Points to note u Your ceremony cannot go ahead unless the legal formalities have been completed. u Notice of marriage or civil partnership must be given in person by you and your partner. No-one can give notice on your behalf. You cannot give notice by post or by telephone. u You must give notice in the districts where you both live. You must get married or hold the civil partnership within twelve months of the date you give notice. You cannot give more than twelve months notice. u The fees for giving notice and for a marriage or civil partnership in a register office are set nationally. However, the fees for the attendance of registration staff at a marriage or civil partnership in approved premises (e.g. a hotel) are set by the local authority. We will give you details of current fees on request. u There can be no religious content in a civil marriage/partnership. u This guide gives general information only. It is not a complete statement of the law. Please discuss your personal circumstances and wishes with us.
Our commitment The team at Bristol Register Office are committed to achieving high standards of excellence in public service and we positively welcome feedback from our customers. Your comments and views are always welcome. How to contact Bristol Register Office Bristol Register Office, The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1JG. Tel: 0117 922 2800 Email: email@example.com Website: www.bristol.gov.uk Opening hours – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday – 10.00am to 4.00pm For marriage or civil partnership enquiries, please ring or visit the office during the above hours. To make an appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership at Bristol Register Office please visit the website at www.bristol.gov.uk, or telephone 0117 9038874. Late night opening Wednesday – 5.00pm to 7.00pm (appointment only) Saturday – 9.00am to 1.30pm (appointment only)
Betty Bhandari Photography
Betty Bhandari Photography
Honeymoon u Your honeymoon is the launch pad for the rest of your married life; choosing the right location is just as important as the wedding service and reception venue. Wherever you decide to spend your honeymoon the location should be decided jointly between the two of you. u Once a budget has been decided upon, stick to it. The consequences of a “live now pay later” approach can be very stressful on a marriage. u Ensure that your passports and visas are up to date. If you decide to travel in your new name be sure to have your passport details changed at least two months in advance. If there is not sufficient time for the passport office to make the changes, the bride should take the marriage certificate and her old passport to prove her identity.
u Remember to include the cost of going away and holiday clothes into the wedding budget, they can amount to quite a lot of money once you “hit the shops.” u Check with your travel agent whether your honeymoon is inclusive of travel insurance. If not, additional travel insurance is always a must, even on the simplest holiday abroad. u If you are planning a honeymoon abroad check well in advance with your doctor as to whether any inoculations or injections will be needed. Remember you may need time to recover from the effects of some tropical disease injections. u It is always wise to take a small first aid kit on holiday with you. It is far easier if you do need anything such as dressings,
insect bite cream, painkiller or diarrhoea tablets if you have some handy in your room instead of having to find the local chemist or doctor for these emergencies. u Relax. Have a great time and enjoy yourselves. We can’t be with you for this part, but on your return, share the memories of your special day and send us some of the wedding photos.
Bristol Register Office would like to thank Paola De Paola Photography, Betty Bhandari Photography, Evoke Pictures, and Olivier Burnside for their kind permission to use their work throughout the guide. Front cover: Evoke Pictures Back cover: Evoke Pictures Compiled, designed and printed by Pineneedle Design Ltd. Tel: 020 8870 0968 Sixteenth edition. This brochure is Carbon Balanced.
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