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Bradford Register Office

The elegant three storey Victorian building which houses the Register Office had its foundation stone laid on 26th September 1876. The building was commissioned by the Board of Guardians of the Bradford Poor Law Union as their administrative headquarters. As their Clerk also held the appointment of Superintendent Registrar accommodation for the District Register Office was incorporated into the plans for the building. The building was extended in 1905 and in the 1970s the Registration Service became the sole occupant. Internal alterations were made in the 1980s bringing all three floors into use for the provision of the Registration Service. The ground floor is devoted to marriage suites. There is level access to the building via the front door in Manor Row.

There are currently two marriage suites in use.

  1. The Appleton Suite seats 35 and has standing room for approximately 10 more. This room has the benefit of air conditioning and has an aisle if the bride wishes to make an entrance.
  2. The Priestley Suite is one of the original marriage rooms used at the office and is oak panelled with stained glass windows showing the coat of arms of Bradford. This room will seat 25 and again has standing room for a further 10 people.

Each suite has a waiting area with full-length mirror for last minute checks on appearance and there is a private waiting room for brides who wish to make an entrance into the Appleton suite. There are flower arrangements in the Appleton Suite and plant arrangements in the Priestley Suite and hearing loops are in operation.

A commissionaire is on duty to help organise your wedding party on the day. In order to ensure the proceedings run smoothly, you and your party are asked to arrive approximately 10 minutes before the appointed time of the ceremony.

Background music is played before and after the marriage ceremony and couples can supply their own music by prior arrangement with the Superintendent Registrar. We are happy to consider any music as long as it does not have religious connections. If you wish to add any extra words or a reading to enhance your ceremony this is also possible by arrangement with the Superintendent Registrar. Again there must be no religious connections to your selection.

Once you have given notice of marriage you will be provided with a marriage pack which explains the choices available to you for personalising your ceremony. If you would like to know more about the content of the ceremony before giving your notices of marriage the Register Office staff will be happy to discuss this with you.

A video camera may be used during the ceremony for which guidelines are available and there is the opportunity for all present to take photographs after the signing of the marriage register with one nominated photographer able to take photographs throughout.

Marriage ceremonies take place on:

  • Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon and 2.15 pm and 3.45 pm
  • Saturdays between 9.00 am and 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.

There is an outdoor photography area with shrubbery adjacent to the Register Office car park. Extra parking is available to the rear of this area in Stone Street on Saturdays only. Telephone 01274 432151.