Gildings is an approved venue under 'The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005' and holds a license running until 29th October 2020. If you wish to do so, you are welcome to hold your legally binding ceremony at Gildings. We do not make any additional charge for this on your day of hire, but please click on the following link for Marriage and civil partnership fees.
If you decide to have your ceremony at Gildings, please be sure to contact the Ceremony Booking Team at Registration.firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0300 200 1002 to book the date with them at the same time as booking Gildings, or as early as possible. You can book the Registrars up to two years before your ceremony date. Please note that Registrars are very busy during the peak wedding season and the 2pm Saturday slot is the most popular. Please go to the Surrey County Council website for information on booking your marriage or civil partnership.
Both the main 'Gildings Barn', and the 'Granary' in the garden are licensed buildings. The Granary is perfect when the sun is shining and guests can be seated outside. The main barn provides flexibility for accommodating up to 110 people inside if you prefer, or if the weather is unfavourable. The 'Side Barn' is used as the Registrars' room for your interviews with them just prior to the ceremony taking place.
You are asked to notify the Gildings team at the time of booking of your intention to hold a formal marriage ceremony on site.
To add a highly personal and relaxed touch, you may wish to also have a celebrant-led part to your ceremony, after the formal marriage by the Registrars. We have worked on many occasions with Jenny Knight of www.knightceremonies.co.uk. You can choose to have this immediately follow your legal declarations, or indeed become a completely separate part by completing your documentation at the registration service, and having a more relaxed wedding day celebration at the barn. With a celebrant, there are no restrictions in terms of content, format, style or music. You can also choose your setting within the barn or grounds. You might prefer the countryside views as your backdrop, or indeed the Granary, or perhaps you would like it held within the main barn, either at the end or even on the stage. You will also have lots of contact with the celebrant, and even a chance to walk and talk through your ceremony in-situ at the barn on one of the "meet your celebrant days". Whether you are having a handfasting, a Jewish Blessing, or a traditional ceremony with a few personal twists, our recommended celebrant guarantees a warm and engaging delivery on your special day.