LIFECYCLE

WEDDINGS

Should you wish to have your marriage authorised by HGSS, you do not have to be a current member but English Law requires that the bride or groom must be a member of the synagogue that is responsible for registering the marriage for civil purposes.

There will be two separate charges made for those wishing to marry under our auspices: to cover the membership fee; and the wedding fees for the chuppah. There is no membership fee if either the bride or groom are already a member of HGSS in their own right. If neither are members, then one of you will need to fill out and sign a membership form (obtainable from the synagogue office).

If you’re currently a member of another synagogue, the Office of the Chief Rabbi will complete the formalities for your membership to be transferred to HGSS (if only for the day). Once you are married, your membership can be transferred to another United Synagogue local to where you intend to set up home at no extra charge and you’ll also be entitled to a reduced membership fee for up to four years after your wedding.

As well as booking the ceremony, you’ll need to obtain authorisation for your marriage from both your local authority Register Office and from the Office of the Chief Rabbi – we’ll help guide you through the process and liaise with the various authorities where we can.

We’re also happy to hire out our beautiful synagogue for your marriage should you wish to have your own Rabbi officiate at your wedding but please note that we are only able to host weddings that are being solemnised by Rabbis of Orthodox communities recognised by the Office of the Chief Rabbi as being permitted to solemnise weddings at HGSS.