Your Guide to Ceremonies
in Waltham Forest
Rear of Register Office
Your Guide to Ceremonies
Welcome to Waltham Forest Register Office
Mire se vini tek Zyra e Rregjistrimit te Waltham Forest-it
Bienvenue au bureau d’état civil de Waltham Forest
Ku soo Dhowaada Xafiislka Diiwaan Gelinta Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest Nüfus Dairesine Hosgeldiniz
Waltham Forest Register Office is the perfect venue for
either the more formal or relaxed ceremony. The newly
refurbished Forest Suite and comfortable waiting room
are located on the ground floor.
Please contact us to arrange a viewing when we will be
happy to discuss your requirements and show you around.
Alternatively, see our website for a virtual tour of the
Forest Suite and gardens
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at Waltham Forest
Your wedding or Partnership Day will probably be the
most special and memorable of your life. Everyone has
their own dream of a perfect day and whether you choose
a traditional ceremony or something very simple, we hope
to make it a memory to treasure in the coming years.
The following information will, hopefully, answer some of
your questions. If you require further information at any
time, please telephone us on 020 8496 3000.
We aim to provide a high quality service, which meets your
requirements, putting your needs first. Our staff will be
happy to answer your questions and provide assistance
and advice. We’re here to help you.
Where can my ceremony take place?
You may hold your ceremony in any Register Office or
licensed venue that has been approved for the purpose by a
local authority. In Waltham Forest, the approved premises are:
1. The Forest Suite,The Old Vicarage,
106 Grove Road, Walthamstow E17 9BY
2. The Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ
3. The County Hotel, Woodford IG8 9NY
Soon to be approved:
1. William Morris Gallery, E17 4PP
2. Vestry House Museum, E17 9NH
3. Waltham Forest Town Hall, E17 4JA
4. Walthamstow Assembly Hall, E17 4JA
You do not have to live in Waltham Forest to have your
ceremony in the borough.
When can my ceremony take place?
Bookings for civil ceremonies can be made with the
appropriate Register Office up to twelve months in advance.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to confirm the date, time and
place with both the Superintendent Registrar of the district
and with the venue.
How do I give notice?
Formal notice of your intention must be given personally
by both you and your partner to your local Superintendent
Registrar - that is, at the Register Office where you live.
This may not, of course, be where the ceremony is to
be held. If one, or both of you are subject to immigration
controls please telephone the Register Office for advice.
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What information will I have
When you visit your local Register Office to give formal
notice of your marriage/civil partnership, you will need to
show proof of your identity, address, age and nationality,
for which a passport and birth certificate would be ideal.
You should also take evidence of any change of name and,
if you have had a previous marriage/legal civil partnership,
proof that it has been legally dissolved.
You are required to have lived in the district for at least
seven days before giving notice. The Superintendent
Registrar will advise you on what documents to bring
when you make your booking for your notice/ceremony.
Notice must be given in person, and cannot be given on
your behalf by someone else.
What will it cost?
Current charges may be obtained from your local Register
Office. Please bear in mind, that there will be a charge for
hiring the approved venue for your ceremony.
Personalise your ceremony
This is your special day and we want you to enjoy it, so we
are here to help make sure everything goes as smoothly
as possible. As far as we are concerned your wishes are
our prime consideration.
Although gentle background music is provided, you are
welcome to personalise your ceremony, by providing your
own music or floral arrangements. Please note that we
cannot play any music with religious content.
The Registration Officer will guide you through the ceremony
- there is no need to learn the legal words. The ceremony
and legal words must be said in English. If one or other of
you does not speak English, you must bring an interpreter
to the ceremony.
The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes but this
may be extended if you wish to include some personal
additions, perhaps a reading or a poem from a family
member or one of your guests. Please ensure the
Superintendent is provided with a copy prior to the day
of your ceremony. You may also wish to repeat further
declarations if you exchange rings - please ask for guidance
if you are unsure.
You will be required by law to bring two guests who will
act as witnesses to the ceremony. They must be 16 years
of age or over and be able to understand the nature of
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Please be on time!
Please help us and other couples who are celebrating on
the same day, by arriving at the Register Office at least
15 minutes prior to your appointed time. You will receive
an appointment booklet confirming this time and all the
other details that you need to know about your wedding
day. If you are unable to attend on the day arranged,
please contact the Register Office at the earliest opportunity.
Photographs and Filming
Your guests are welcome to take photographs after the
ceremony. If you wish to film the ceremony, please inform
the Registrar so that the cameraman can be directed to
a suitable position. In the interests of safety, any recording
may only be made using the lighting available in the Register
Office and the equipment used, must be battery operated.
There is a very attractive garden at the rear of the building,
which provides an ideal setting for your photographs.
Please remember that there are probably other couples
using the facilities on the same day as you and your partner.
In order to keep the ceremony room looking tidy, please
ensure that your guests wait until they are outside before
they throw confetti. If possible please use bio-degradable
confetti. Party poppers should not be used.
In January 2004, the Government introduced a requirement
that all persons over the age of 18 years, who have been
successful in their application for naturalisation as a British
Citizen must take a citizenship oath and pledge at a
citizenship ceremony. The ceremony involves prospective
citizens making an oath or affirmation to Her Majesty the
Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom
after which a certificate will be presented.
Waltham Forest Council believes that a citizenship ceremony
will help new citizens feel a sense of belonging to the local,
as well as the wider community. You may attend a group
ceremony or, for an additional small fee, have an individual
ceremony at the Register Office.
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Celebrate and welcome your child.
A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the
birth of your child and welcoming the new arrival into the
family and the wider community. It’s also an opportunity
to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be
as good a parent as you can. You may wish this occasion
to confirm a special relationship between adult relatives or
friends and your child. It is a unique occasion for everyone
to feel involved as they pledge their love and support for
the future development of your child. Please note, however,
that a naming ceremony has no legal status.
In Waltham Forest, ceremonies may be held in the
Forest Suite at the Register Office, at the other approved
venues or alternative venues as discussed with the
What does the ceremony consist of?
The ceremony will be conducted by a celebrant,
an experienced and knowledgeable professional who has
been specifically trained in the running of such occasions.
You will usually meet the celebrant to discuss the
arrangements and details of the ceremony.
How do I arrange a Renewal of Vows and
You should first contact our office to discuss the availability
of a celebrant to conduct the ceremony and also a venue. Many people like to celebrate a special anniversary or
The birth certificate of any child to be included in the celebrate a union abroad with a renewal of their vows.
ceremony will need to be produced. If you would like to Of course, the Renewal of Vows ceremony is just as suitable
hold the ceremony in one of the approved venues, rather for couples at any point in their relationship.
than in one of our ceremony rooms, you will also need to
contact the venue to find out when it is available. A Commitment Ceremony is a formal and dignified public
declaration of love and devotion between two people.
The length of the ceremony will depend upon the options It can be arranged by couples of the same or of opposite
chosen and the number of readings, but as a guideline may sex, and can either be shared with family and friends or
be expected to last up to thirty minutes.
held in private without any guests.
Neither the Renewal of Vows nor the Commitment
Ceremony has any official status, unlike, for example,
a Marriage /Civil Partnership ceremony.
Where can the ceremony be held?
The Renewal of Vows or Commitment Ceremony
can be held in the Forest Suite at the Register Office, at the
other approved venues or alternative venues as discussed
with the Superintendent Registrar.
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Orient Regeneration (O-Regen) is a Charity established in Epicentre (Leytonstone)
1998 to support the needs of residents in the borough of
Waltham Forest. Newly refurbished, the Epicentre can seat 150 people and is
perfect for formal and informal occasions. The centre also
We have facilities throughout the borough, that are able
has a small kitchen available for hire.
to cater for small and large events that are sensitive to all
Tel: 020 8539 2432
communities and cultures:
• Marriage Ceremonies and Receptions Score (Leyton)
• Civil Partnerships
Opened in 2005, Score is modern, fabulous and ideal for
• Citizenship Ceremonies
large (200+) or small occasions/events.
• Solemn Occasions
Tel: 020 8539 8474
• All kind of Celebrations
Paradox (South Chingford)
Your Celebration and Prices The Paradox Centre is a superb venue for parties and
Our aim is to ensure that our customers’ experience of our receptions and seats a maximum of 100 people.
facilities exceeds their expectations. Our managers will assist Tel: 020 8501 9909
you with technical advice, catering choices, room layouts
and decorations to make your day a success.
Our hire prices start at £7.50 an hour for a small
Please view our web site www.o-regen.co.uk for more information
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Heavenly Touch Florist
For a touch of class
Situated in the East End we offer West End style with an
East End price. Bridal bouquets can be formal or informal.
Our friendly staff are here to guide and assist you with your
choice. We also have balloon artistry experience if you
would like to decorate the hall with balloons such as cloud
9, pearl arch, balloon bouquets, etc… We will help make
your day a memorable occasion.
Tel: 020 8521 2525
Fax: 020 8521 2573
Big Apple Limousines of London
Planning to get married?
With so many things to see to on your very special day,
book your car with us and know that you will have a door-
to-door service driven in comfort to your destination from
home - church - reception.
White or coloured ribbons are provided for the car, bows
and ribbon streamers on the handles and grill.
Tel: 020 8503 7057
Mobile: 07949 621 895
239a Shernhall Street, Walthamstow,
London E17 9HX
Weddings, Birthdays, Parties, Hen & Stag Nights, Clubs,Theatres, Airports,
Seaside Trips, Hampers with champagne cocktails, Race Meetings and Continental Trips
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We have a range of menus from fork buffets to a lavish
5-course meal. Our food is imaginative, plentiful and
cooked to exquisite dinner party standards. It is beautifully
presented on bone china. We also provide an imaginative
finger buffet for the evening reception.
We pride ourselves on personal service from the initial
consultation to the end of your perfect day.
For further details:
Tel: 020 8911 8811
716 Romford Road, Manor Park, London E12 6BT
Take a look at some of the magnificent bridal gowns and
Bridal Fashion House bridesmaids dresses we have to offer from designers such
as April Nineteen, Margaret Lee, White Rose,Veromia,
Excellence in Bridal Fashion No Ordinary Bride and Alfred Sung.
Our aim is to give you (the Bride) exactly what you want,
after all, your special day starts here. With bridesmaids
and flowergirls dresses from Veromia to April Nineteen,
you are sure to find the right dress to complement your
We believe that adding the perfect accessory can be a major
key in completing your bridal outfit. Our trained co-ordinators
will fully advise you on the best styles and colours of
accessories which will exquisitely detail your wedding dress.
The service we provide is second to none and you will
be hard pressed to find friendlier staff, who make you their
number one priority. We pride ourselves on our attention to
detail and our ability to listen and respond with exactly the
right class. In addition we have bridal shoes by Paradox, Pink,
Rainbow Club, Gabriella & Lucido and Elizabeth Dickens.
With Bridal Fashion House you are guaranteed a first class
service, quality and value for money.
Tel: 020 8531 0817
14a-16 Winchester Road, Highams Park,
London E4 9LN
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Contemporary Cake Designs
All our cakes are freshly baked and hand crafted using
We cater for special diets and produce a wide selection of
flavours to choose from.
Available seven days a week.
For your free consultation and tasting contact
Tel/Fax: 020 8556 1552 or 07931 704 805
Wedding Flowers By
• Exclusive Bridal designs
• Attendant’s Flowers
• Church & Reception Arrangements
• Thank You Bouquets
• Buttonholes & Corsages
• All available in fresh or silk flowers
Kings Florist has been established for over 100 years.
We can provide floral arrangements for every part of your
wedding day. We can also design bridal bouquets uniquely
to the Bride’s specification of colours and flowers of her
choice. This theme is then carried through the whole
wedding day for the attendant’s flowers, church and
reception and any other arrangements.
We offer a full delivery and set up service (a charge may
apply). This then takes any worry away from the day and
ensures that everything is in place.
All this starts with a free consultation, for us to meet and
get to know the Bride, so as to help make this special day,
one to remember.
Tel: 020 8524 0222
119a Old Church Road, Chingford E4 6ST
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City Stretch Limousines
We offer outstanding expert services for all wedding We provide Limousines for all occasions at any time and
transportation needs. All individual needs and requirements anywhere. Take a look at the list of our main services listed
are catered for and you will also be allocated your own below. If you’d like to discuss a tailored package - pick up
personal co-ordinator to deal with your booking. We like to that phone and call us - we’re here to help.
add this personal touch to ensure that your most important
day goes exactly to plan and you enjoy the dream wedding At City Stretch Limousines we pride ourselves on providing
you deserve. We also have affiliates with various other the following to all our clients.
wedding supply companies that we can put you in touch
• Fast and reliable personal service
with for other areas.
• All emails will receive a personal response from one of
Hen & Stag Nights
our sales executives within 24 hours
A nicely chilled bottle of bubbly awaits you and your friends
as you celebrate your last night of independence in complete • Individual events catered for
luxury; we even include a special surprise gift for the Hen
or the Stag. • For your convenience, all of our drivers are equipped
with mobile telephones
We will make sure you are treated in true style and will be
waiting for you at every venue ready to transport you on to • Your safety is paramount, our driver will wait until you
your next party destination. Alternatively, we can also arrange enter the building at your final destination
special hen and stag night packages for you at a variety of
• VIP luxury service is available upon request
other destinations. We have arranged many different packages
so please give us a call to discuss your ideas and requirements. • Tailor-made days and evenings - please call for a quote
Tel: 020 8245 5255
Mobile: 07957 449 131
City Stretch Limousines,Tottenham
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Boogie Nights Band
For a wedding band you’ll never forget, book Boogie Nights, First dances can be included and we allow you to choose
the ultimate party band. Playing music from the 60s, 70s, the music you like from our huge range such as James
80s, to now; we perform all styles of music including disco, Brown from the 60s, Sister Sledge and The Jacksons from
soul, funk, dance and pop hits. We can supply you with a the 70s, 80s acid jazz from Brand New Heavies and
jazz band for informal drinks before the reception and a DJ Jamiroquai, pop classics from Abba and Kylie, and first dances
to give you seamless entertainment throughout the night. such as Let’s Stay Together.
You can choose from a five piece to a seven piece band Competitively priced, book Boogie Nights for the perfect
which could include saxophone and male and female wedding experience.
vocalists, dressing to suit your special occasion.
Contact: Sarah Weller 020 8926 0706 / 07769 700 706
Balloonatics are members of the Worldwide Qualatex The possibilities are endless, covering every budget.
Balloon Network you can trust our proven expertise for all From the largest event to the smallest private party
your decor needs. Balloons create an atmosphere of elegant, we’ll work with you to create the perfect effect.
sophistication, colour and unforgettable excitement. Call us today to book your, no obligation, free consultation
and let us make your next occasion extraordinary.
Tel: 020 8529 1047
Mobile: 07958 332 839
140 Sinclair Road Chingford E4 8PR
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Let the girls here at Buds take care of your wedding flowers
Buds Floral Design so you can enjoy your special day.
We have over 15 years experience in all aspects of floral
Florists design from just a simple wedding bouquet to spectacular
Come and see us at the shop to view our portfolio or
request a price guide by post.
• Bridal Bouquets
• Corsage and Button Holes
• Civil Service
• Reception Flowers
Tel: 020 8530 3824
83 George Lane, South Woodford,
London E18 1JJ (next to Jets Wine Bar)
Catering By Wendy
At Mezzo we are happy to cater for any size of function.
If all you require is simple platters of fresh sandwiches
or a finger buffet please contact us.
Of course we also have an extensive range of hot and cold
menus for larger functions involving home cooked fayre
all delivered to the venue of your choice. Our prices are
always very reasonable and do not hesitate to contact us
with any request.
Tel: 020 8504 3233
Mobile: 07956 259 645
229 High Road
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The County Hotel
The Glass Atrium overlooking the Epping Forest is
the perfect location for an intimate Civil Ceremony.
Receptions for up to 180 guests
Free overnight accommodation for the Bride and Groom
Outside caterers by arrangement
Please call the Events Office to view the facilities Large free car park
or discuss your requirements. Special accommodation rates
Tel: 020 8506 6854
Friendly professional service
Oak Hill, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9NY Located A104 off A406, J4 M11
Floral Designs (Walthamstow)
We can provide flowers for:
Weddings, Funeral Tributes, Special Occasions.
Flowers can be arranged to customer requirements.
A personal service given at all times.
For further details please contact us on
Tel: 020 8520 2397
Mobile: 07958 285135
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The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn is located directly opposite Wood Street Overground Station, one stop from
Walthamstow Central or about 15 minutes from Liverpool Street mainline. It is a prime location
for Weddings, Parties, Christenings, Anniversaries and all other private celebrations.
We cater for many wedding receptions every year in our function room, each tailored for individual
requirements, with formal sit down receptions for up to 100 and buffets for up to 150+. We can also
create a variety of menus to reflect your own particular requirements.
We can enhance your celebrations with a band, DJ or both. Cabaret and other entertainment is
also available. We have a large selection of real ales, exciting continental beers, wines and spirits.
At The Plough Inn we offer a relaxed approach to all functions and with our friendly staff and
reasonable prices we will ensure that your special day is one to remember.
For general enquiries, contact Mr.Victor Varanda or call in to visit.
Tel: 020 8503 7419
173 Wood Street, Walthamstow, London E17 3NU
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The Grove Hill Hotel
This well-established Hotel in South Woodford, East London has been in existence as a hotel for 40
years and was a Guest House before then since the 1930’s. It has a wealth of positive history. It is a
family run establishment, situated in a peaceful, sort after, residential area and yet it is easily accessible
from the City of London, Stanstead Airport, M11, M25 and A406 locations. The South Woodford
Central Line tube station is a mere 5 minute walk.There is an Odeon Cinema at the end of the road
and several quality restaurants and shops servicing the area.
The current owners purchased the Hotel in 2004 and have made steady improvements to the
business with upgrades to the rooms. There are 24 rooms with many being fully en-suite. Off-street
parking is available. The hotel is recommended by both the AA and the RAC Guides and has achieved
several awards. There is a licensed bar and conference facilities. Discounts are available on group and
long-term bookings. The owners will be pleased to discuss any requirements necessary.
For bookings and general enquiries:
Tel: 020 8989 3344
Fax: 020 8530 5286
38 Grove Hill, South Woodford E18 2JG
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Notes For Your Special Day
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106 Grove Road
Telephone: 020 8496 2716
Fax: 020 8509 1388