What to do next

We understand that there is a lot to organise when it comes to weddings and civil ceremonies and that on occasion this can be a confusing process. Below is a simple step by step guide to arranging your wedding at Worthing Town Hall. The Worthing Town Hall Ceremonies terms and conditions of hire are available on our downloads page.

  1. Decide which date you would like to hold your wedding or civil partnership.
  2. Check that your date is available by contacting us.
  3. Choose in which of the ceremony rooms you would like to hold your wedding or civil partnership. If you chose a Register Office Partnership Ceremony then your Ceremony will take place in the council Chamber.  We’re always very happy to show you around, answer your questions and help you with your decision.
  4. Provisionally book the date and room of your wedding with our Weddings team. We’ll hold this date while you contact the Register Office.
  5. Confirm that a Registrar is available on that date and check the fees of the ceremony.
  6. Book the ceremony room with our weddings team by completing a booking form and pay the 50% deposit. If you opt for a Register Office Partnership Ceremony then all fees are paid to the Ceremonies team at the time of booking. Please note this does not mean your Ceremony has been booked, we would need contact information from you so we can confirm your date in writing.
  7. Book an appointment with your local Register Office to ‘give notice’ of your wedding or civil partnership.
  8. Once you have received confirmation that your notice has been successfully served then let our weddings team know and we will send you written confirmation.
  9. Ensure that you have paid for both the Registrar and the ceremony room in advance. The balance of your room ceremony room fees are payable at least six weeks before your ceremony.
  10. Sign and return the contract to us:
    Worthing Town Hall Weddings Team,
    Worthing Theatres,
    Connaught Theatre,
    Union Place,
    West Sussex,
    BN11 1LG  

    Please note:

    • You must both be free legally to marry.
    • You each must give formal notice of your intention to marry.
    • Notice of marriage can be given up to a year in advance of your Marriage ceremony but must be given at least 28 clear days before your ceremony. If you are a non EU Citizen this could be extended to 70 days. We would recommend you give your notices of intent to marry roughly 10 months before your ceremony.
    • You must both have had your usual place of residence in England or Wales for 7 clear days immediately before giving notice of marriage.
    • The notices must be given at the Register Office in the district in which you have lived for that period of time, regardless of where the marriage is taking place

    For further advice please contact the West Sussex registration office on 01243 642122 or visit https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships