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Civil Marriage Guidelines


  1. When a provisional reservation is made for the Wedding Service at Astley Bank, contact should immediately be made in person at the Blackburn with Darwen Registry office on 01254 588660

  2. Without the presence of the Superintendent Registrar and a Registrar there can be no marriage.  Any arrangements for the use of the premises depend entirely on their availability.  It is therefore essential that you make an advance booking with the Superintendent Registrar for her attendance at your proposed marriage.  This should be done as soon as you have made a booking with Astley Bank Hotel.  A fee for his attendance will be payable before the Ceremony.

  3. The couple will also have to give notice of marriage to the Superintendent Registrar(s) of the district(s) in which they live.  This notice must be given in person by the couple.

  4. The couple should be advised that any arrangements made for a marriage to take place at Astley Bank Hotel are dependent on:

    (a) The attendance of the Superintendent Registrar and a Registrar for the district in which the Hotel is situated (Blackburn with Darwen)
    (b) The issue of the authority or authorities for the marriage by the Superintendent Registrar(s) to whom notice of marriage was given.

  5. When notice is given in a different registration district from the one where the marriage is taking place, the couple will have to collect the authority before the ceremony and ensure it is delivered to the registrar who is to attend the ceremony.

  6. The couple should be advised that only a civil, non religious ceremony can be permitted by the Superintendent Registrar.  Any music, reading, words or performances which form 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.

  7. You must provide a copy of the provisional booking form to Astley Bank.

  8. We ask you to take thorough notice of the conditions that apply and the responsibility lies solely with yourselves