Countdown

24 months beforehand

  • Study this website and find out the things you need to do
  • Complete and submit our ceremony enquiry form:

Coronavirus update (20 March 2020)

Due to the increase in demand due to Covid-19 we are unable to action any new ceremony enquiry forms to book new weddings, civil partnerships or celebrations or take telephone calls. We will only be responding by email.

If your event is booked please send an email to registrationservice@northamptonshire.gov.uk with the date of ceremony in the subject line. We will deal with these enquiries in order of ceremony date. If your email subject line contains anything other than the date, it may delay a response.

Make a ceremony enquiry
  • Book your wedding with our ceremony team (in conjunction with the venue)

12 months beforehand

  • ​Book your appointment to each give your notice of marriage:
Book an appointment

9-12 months beforehand

  • Book photographer and videographer, reception venue, caterers, music, decoration of room and tables
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Decide on best man or woman, bridesmaids, page boys, ushers
  • Start making guest list
  • Plan and book what you will wear, for example the dress, the suit, what the attendants will wear
  • Check on wedding ceremony insurance (recommended)

6-9 months beforehand

  • Begin thinking about your gift list
  • Make your transport arrangements, including ceremony cars, to and from the venue

4-6 months beforehand

  • ​Order your ceremony stationery   
  • Choose your florist and place order   
  • Buy ring or rings   
  • Choose reception menu and order cake

3-4 months beforehand

  • ​Finalise the honeymoon arrangements
  • Apply to the passport office for change of name on passport   
  • Book overnight hotel if necessary if not already done
  • Send out invitations/ceremony gift list   
  • Research and send lists of local accommodation to guests who may need it
  • Buy attendants' presents   
  • Pay any remaining ceremony fee balance - we will phone you a few weeks before your ceremony to take your balance payment. To pay your balance now, contact Northamptonshire Registration Service
  • If you have not already done so, urgently book an appointment to give your notices of marriage:
Book an appointment

1 month beforehand

  • ​Chase up guests who have not replied
  • Order honeymoon currency
  • Notify bank and doctor, etc. for change of name and address   
  • Give final guest list to caterers   
  • Arrange hen and stag night
  • Book your big day hair appointment   
  • Phone local paper to arrange announcement report

1 week to go!

  • ​Time the journey to make sure there are no unexpected delays
  • Give your dress and suit, attendants' dresses etc. a final check for fit
  • Ensure all hired clothes are collected in time
  • Pack for your honeymoon.