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Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire

Booking registrars

Sam, 22 June 2022 at 12:01 Posted on Planning 0 25
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Hello! Has anyone had issues or delays booking registrars. It’s been nearly two weeks and they still can’t advise over the phone or email if the time is ok. Making me anxious to book the venue - enough at this stage I don’t care if we have to get a celebrant haha!

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Latest activity by Sam, 28 June 2022 at 18:28
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    Beginner June 2022 Wiltshire
    Brightcolourwedding2022 ·
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    Granted I booked before Covid when things were less busy, but I just called up and booked the date and time. It was really simple. I think it’s unreasonable to have a two week wait. Email and call them.
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  • Sarah
    Rockstar June 2023 Worcestershire
    Sarah ·
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    When i booked ours this time last year i had to wait 3-4 weeks i think it was in the end. I think it was backlog due to Covid x
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  • Charlotte
    VIP April 2022 Wiltshire
    Charlotte ·
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    I would call them and say that your venue is giving you 48 hours notice to book or they are releasing your date so they need to provide an answer as you dont want to loose the venue but cant book it without knowing the registrar is free. We had the same delay and i did the above and we managed to get them to confirm on the phone they had availability and I paid £50 there and then to secure and then completed the booking a few weeks later.

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    Beginner September 2024 Herefordshire
    Rebecca ·
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    I booked mine last week, probably took about 3 weeks to fully sort because they were quite slow. They do need to be chased as I waited 2 weeks, heard nothing, chased them up via email and received a response the same day. I went ahead a booked my venue first then dealt with the registrar.

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    Beginner September 2023 Warwickshire
    Chrissie ·
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    Having problems, too! I keep calling and they just keep telling me that there's a backlog and they're working through it as quickly as they can- it's really making me anxious, as I've booked almost all of the main vendors! eek!

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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    Thanks for all of your replies. We chased over the phone and finally heard back today. They can only do 3pm which is later than I wanted but what else can you do?!
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    I did the same thing! Booked hair and makeup and photographer - they came back today but after the same spiel of working through it etc. Which county is yours? Mine was Hereford
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    Beginner September 2023 Warwickshire
    Chrissie ·
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    It’s Worcester for me- it’s so stressful, isn’t it? I can’t believe they’ve got that many marriage requests haha
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    I don’t understand either! Hope you hear back from them soon!
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    Beginner September 2023 Warwickshire
    Chrissie ·
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    You, too! Fingers crossed it’s within the next week for both of us! Smiley smile x
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  • Helen
    Beginner October 2022 Essex
    Helen ·
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    We had the same problem, the registrars only had availability at 12pm or 3:30pm. We decided to book 3:30pm and everyone has been really positive about the timing! Guests travelling on the day will have enough time to get to the venue without being rushed in the morning, and there are no really early starts for hair/makeup/photographers/suppliers.
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  • Shireen
    Beginner August 2022 Surrey
    Shireen ·
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    Croydon has a 3 month waiting list for appointments. Even when i called them they only had appts in July - i called up in April. We were given the registrars email address, who then booked us in earlier and were very accommodating.

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    Beginner June 2023 West Yorkshire
    Helen ·
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    I kept hearing about delays and limited availability. We decided we would do the legal bit at the registry office on the Tuesday before- they do cheap quick option one Tuesday a month. You can have 2 witnesses and you just go in the office to sign and that’s it. Then we’re having my brother ‘marry’ us on the Saturday at our venue. Saved a fortune, we’re not dictated to by their availability and it will be really personal ceremony.
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  • Jackie
    Beginner December 2023 Cambridgeshire
    Jackie ·
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    I booked mine online today, We're December 2023 so it's too soon to give notice but we've booked their attendance and paid for the marriage certificate, we'll sort the notice out in January.

    Is there a way you can do it online too? Smiley smile

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  • Danielle
    Beginner March 2023 East Sussex
    Danielle ·
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    It took me over a month to be book my ceremony, I guess the back log from the last two years is having an impact. The best thing to do is just ring them directly as emailing is a waste of time. I get married in March 2023 and can book in the date to give notice but cannot give notice yet.
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    You did yours online?? Wow. That must be a forward thinking council 🙈😂 wish I could have haha
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  • Jackie
    Beginner December 2023 Cambridgeshire
    Jackie ·
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    Cambridgeshire Council! Didn't realise most still did it via phone or email haha

    Hopefully you get a response soon!

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    Beginner July 2023 Worcestershire
    Courtney ·
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    I submitted a request for July 2023 (Worcester) at the weekend. Have you heard back from yours yet? I’m guessing we may be waiting a while!!
    Our venue are asking for the deposit in the next few days which we are just going to pay as we definitely want to get married there.
    They’ve assured me if in the unlikely event the registrar can’t do any time on our date we can move the date for free! I’m hoping because we are having a midweek wedding this won’t be an issue X
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    That’s definitely reassuring! We heard back from Herefordshire around 2 weeks but could only get 3pm for August next year which seemed mental!
    Hope you’re not waiting too long x
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    Beginner July 2023 Worcestershire
    Courtney ·
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    Ahh that’s not horrendous! I just want to hear back now so I can start properly planning things! What time did you originally apply for? Is your date midweek or weekend? X
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    Ours is a Friday and we asked for 1:30pm. How about you? Tbh I booked photography, hair and makeup before it was confirmed because like you say we wanted the venue too so we’d find a way around it and book a celebrant instead or something 😊 x
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    Beginner September 2023 Warwickshire
    Chrissie ·
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    Hey!
    Finally heard back from them- took 3 weeks!
    They had our date and time available, thankfully! I think you’ll be fine with a midweek date Smiley smile x
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    Beginner July 2023 Worcestershire
    Courtney ·
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    Ahh brilliant! Thank you very much. All the best with your planning 😊x
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    Beginner July 2023 Worcestershire
    Courtney ·
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    Ahhh lovely, are you going to go with the 3pm time?
    Don’t blame you! So exciting isn’t it!
    We’ve booked for a Wednesday at 2pm 😊x
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    Beginner August 2023 Warwickshire
    Sam ·
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    Yes we will it’s only a short time in reality from what we wanted and being summer it will still be very light 😊 x
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