There are a number of options for holding civil ceremonies in the U.K; the first option is the registrar’s office. While this option is quite an attractive one if only because it is relatively inexpensive, the downside is that many government offices are stark and unattractive and may detract from the special feeling of your wedding day. Additionally, there may not be enough room to accommodate all your wedding guests. Look over the office first and then make your decision.
Civil ceremonies can also be held in any venue licensed for weddings by the registrar that the registrar and clergyman (if you are having one) agree to appear at. This includes several stately homes and buildings. You can ask your local registrar for a list of licensed buildings in your area or you can look online for licensed wedding venues. The ceremony will be the same but the background will be much more interesting and attractive. Contact the venues to find out details about costing. You may also be able to hold your reception at the same venue.
If you are looking for a more relaxed venue for your wedding ceremony, there are golf clubs and even parks, which are also licensed venues. You may even be able to host your wedding in a museum. If you have a particular location in mind, check to see if they are licensed for weddings. Remember that as much fun as quirky locations can be, they have drawbacks, especially if they are outdoors. After all, the weather may not always cooperate with your plans. Make sure you and your fiancé agree about the type of venue you prefer for your ceremony.
Keep in mind though, that while civil ceremonies can be held in several different places, they cannot be held in a church. The rules governing religious ceremonies are somewhat different.