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Looking to arrange a civil ceremony in Monmouthshire?

This article will guide you through the process...


First you need to choose a venue

The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is an approved venue for marriages, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages in Monmouthshire. Two rooms are licensed - the Library and the Ballroom catering for civil ceremonies from 6 - 150 guests!

Decide upon a date
Discuss dates with the Wedding Co-ordinator and make a provisional booking to avoid disappointment!  The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel books weddings up to three years in advance so you are advised to make contact early particularly if you have a preferred date in mind!  We are happy to hold provision bookings for a 14 day period after which we will require a deposit to confirm.

To discuss your requirements for a wedding venue in Monmouthshire, South Wales, please contact Carol Knight on 01291 674819 (direct line) or 01291 672302 (main reception). Email:

Contact the Superintendent Registrar

The Registrar for Monmouthsire is based at the Monmouthshire County Council Offices, Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1GA.  You can contact the office on 01873 735435.  You can book the Registrar for your wedding as far in advance as you like, but no less than 16 days before the marriage.

Enter your notice of marriage
The legal preliminaries to marriage need to be completed in your district of residence unless you are a foreign national subject to immigration control.  An appointment is usually necessary and you will need to provide documents.  You cannot do this more than 12 months in advance (and no less than 16 days).

Choose your ceremony
You will be sent a marriage pack with a choice of ceremonies.  You now need to choose the one you prefer, and select any readings or poetry to include in the ceremony.  You can also choose the music for the bride to walk in to, for the signing of the register and for the happy couple to exit to!  Here at the Glen-Yr-Afon, House Hotel, we ask that you provide your music choices on CD in advance of the day unless you prefer to use the services of our resident harpist who will be delighted to perform on your special day.

Attend for discussion
You will need to make an appointment to discuss your ceremony with one of the registration officers at Abergavenny.  They will require you to finalise the details so it is useful if, before this meeting, you have decided upon a ceremony, have copies of any readings and have your music choices ready.  They Registrar will also need to have your authorities for marriage if you live outside the district, and you can pay the fee.  They will tell you exactly what will happen on the day and answer any questions you have.


Get married!
On the big day, both Bride and Groom will need to be interviewed by the Registrar prior to the ceremony taking place.  Generally the Groom will be seen first so it is useful if he arrives at least half an hour before the ceremony!.  The Bride will then be interviewed in a private room approximately 15 minutes before the cermony commences.

Once the declaratory and contracting words have been exchanged, you will be a married couple and will need to sign the register.  Your marriage certificate will be presented to you together with a copy of your ceremony.

For further information regarding holding your civil wedding ceremony in Monmouthshire e-mail:


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