Planning your wedding is an exciting time, and one of the first hurdles to get over is deciding where you will get married! Whether it is a low-key registry office service, a traditional church wedding ceremony or something a bit different, we have rounded up as much information as possible to help you decide.
Requirements for Church ceremonies vary from Church to Church so it is best to go and chat to the vicar of your chosen venue and they will point you in the right direction and advise you of costs. For example, a Church of England wedding requires Banns to be read on 3 consecutive Sundays before your wedding date. There may be other varying costs, such as paying for an organist or choir or arranging floral decorations in the church.
Registry Office Ceremony
Civil ceremonies in a registry office are defined by law as non-religious, so no religious references may be made. Registry offices on the Isle of Man are located in Douglas, Peel, Ramsey and Castletown. Details on costs and further information can be found here.
Approved Place Ceremony
The Isle of Man is currently the only place in the British Isles where you can get married 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at an Approved Place, which can include a plane, a boat, a beach, a castle or even in a vehicle! The possibilities are endless!
The following venues have 3-year Approval Place Status to hold weddings:
If you have somewhere in mind that isn’t on this list, you just need to apply for permission from the owner and the registrar to make sure it still fits with all the legal requirements. This is slightly more expensive but it could mean you can get married at your own home, or favourite location on the Island.
All the information regarding fees and the forms you need to fill out are here.
Things to Consider
Guest numbers: Is your day going to be an intimate affair with close family and friends or a big old family knees up with cousins, colleagues and kids on the invite list?
Logistics: If you are getting married in one venue and having the reception at another, how easy is it for you and your guests to get there? Remember, some venues may be inaccessible to large vehicles such as coaches.
Visit the Venue: Ask if you can visit the venue when it is set up for a wedding so you can see the layout of the room and get an idea of how to dress it.
Make a List! When you speak to your venue, have a list ready of all the questions you have so you don’t forget to ask important ones such as whether any other weddings will be held before or after yours or are they planning any major changes to the venue before your wedding date. Always follow up a visit with an email to get everything down in writing too.
Check availability: Obviously check that the venue is available on the date you have in mind, but also think about any other wedding vendors you have got your heart set on using and check they are available too before paying a deposit.
Once you have your date set and your venue booked, start by sending out Save the Dates to the people you want to come – especially if they will be travelling to the Island from further afield. Most importantly, enjoy your planning! Use our planning tools and business directory to help you and get in touch if there is anything you need help with!