Marrying in a Church or other Religious Building

Church of England Marriages

To arrange a ceremony within a Church or a Chapel you will need to speak directly to the Minister of Religion for that Place of Worship. The Minster will advise you how to arrange this and inform you of any fees that may be payable.

You will need to complete legal preliminaries for your marriage.  For a marriage within a Church of England Church this will involve the publishing of Banns.  The member of the Clergy at the church will explain this process to you.  You are not normally required to attend at a Register Office to give notice of your intention to marry if your marriage is within the Church of England.

The member of the Clergy will prepare the Marriage Document which you and your partner will be asked to check and sign on the day of the marriage after the legal words have been spoken.  Your witnesses and the member of the Clergy will also sign the document.

It is a legal requirement that the signed Marriage Document is returned to Rotherham Register Office within 21 days of the marriage. For security reasons the Marriage Document should be delivered by hand, the member of the Clergy who officiated at your ceremony will discuss the method of delivery with you.   It will not be possible for you to receive a marriage certificate until the Marriage Document has been received at the Register Office and registered in the electronic marriage register.

Marriage Documents are to be returned to the Register Office Monday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.00pm till 4.30pm. The service is not open on weekends or bank holidays.

The address for returning marriage documents is;

Register Office
Riverside House
Main Street
S60 1AE

On street parking is available on Main Street with further car parks at Forge Island or the Statutes, located behind Rotherham Police Station on Main Street.

After the details of the Marriage Document have been recorded in the electronic marriage register, you may order a marriage certificate online. There is a statutory cost of £11.00 per certificate

Any certificates ordered will be ready to collect or posted out on the 8th day after the Marriage Document was received by the Register Office. If you wish for the marriage certificates to be posted the Registration Service recommends use of the Royal Mail ‘Signed For’ postage which carries an additional charge of £1.85.