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Approved places on the Isle of Man for ceremonies

Below is a list of approved places on the Isle of Man where you can choose to celebrate your Ceremony. 

The descriptions for each of the approved places have been provided by the venues.

How to get a place approved

Locations for ceremonies may be indoor or outdoor (if outdoor, an alternative indoor venue within walking distance must be available in case of inclement weather), aircraft (within Manx airspace), vessels (within Manx territorial waters) or vehicles and must be seemly and dignified.

There are two types of approval available on the Isle of Man:

  1. An owner/proprietor/trustee wishing to apply for 3 year Place Approval must do so by completing the relevant application Form S2, supplying the requested documentation and a cheque for the prescribed fee made payable to the 'Isle of Man Government', sending them to the Civil Registry, Deemsters Walk, Bucks Road, Douglas, IM1 3AR. An application form can only be used in respect of one place but must include details of a private interview room and may include more than one location within that place.

  2. A couple who wish to apply for Consent of the Registrar General for a ceremony at a one-off location should complete the relevant application form (S4B Form for a venue / S4D Form for an aircraft; vehicle; vessel) and supply the requested documentation and enclosing a cheque for the prescribed fee made payable to 'Isle of Man Government', sending them to the Civil Registry, Deemsters Walk, Bucks Road, Douglas, IM1 3AR.

Please note that there is a non-refundable application fee of £225 and that additional prescribed fees will be payable at notice. Please allow a minimum of 42 days for the approval process to take place.

An inspection of the venue/aircraft/vehicle/vessel will be arranged by a Civil Registry representative as to its suitability and to ensure it meets the criteria within the guidance issued by the Clerk of Rolls. The Civil Registry will report back to you and will either approve, reject or supply a list of adjustments for the venue/aircraft/vehicle/vessel to make.

Time frames for processing applications will vary according to each application and often depend on the nature of the venue. A renewal application can be submitted anytime during the final 6 months of the current approval. The place, aircraft, vessel or vehicle will be inspected for suitability by a representative of the Civil Registry as part of the application process. Once approval has been granted, the place, aircraft, vessel or vehicle will be issued with a Certificate of Approval and Appendix for each location. Conditions may be imposed on the Appendix by the Registrar General.

Places wishing to apply to become an Approved Place should not advertise or take bookings for any civil marriage or civil partnership ceremonies until the application is complete and approval has been granted. 

Bradda Cafe & Restaurant (Port Erin)

Bradda Glen offers panoramic views across Port Erin Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows providing equally stunning views come rain or shine. The beautiful gardens and glen surrounding the venue provide a wonderful setting for photos, both of the couple and the whole wedding party. Bradda Glen Restaurant seats up to 75 in the reception room on long wooden tables, or 100 on round tables, there is also a separate space available for either a dance floor or additional seating. As well as a fixed bar, a mobile bar can be placed outside on the decking, where substantially more seating is available on dry days. Bradda glen also offers a large parking area, several hotels within walking distance as well as a small play park for the little ones, making Bradda Glen a convenient and welcoming for all your special guests.

Visit Bradda Glen's website or contact them via telephone at +44 1624 837713.

Castle Rushen (Castletown)

Whether you are planning a simple and intimate ceremony or wish to host a more lavish reception, Castle Rushen and its surrounding garden will make a beautiful backdrops for your big day. Castle Rushen offers several approved settings for wedding or civil ceremonies including: The Castle keep, offering rush matted floors, rich tapestries, and finely furnished rooms, The Ceremony Room in Derby House offering more modern quarters or The outdoor Bailey with the majestic backdrop of the Castle and outer Castle gardens offering space for an open air ceremony or marquee reception.

Visit Castle Rushen's Website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 827037.

Comis Hotel and Golf Resort (Santon)

Let you and your guests relax in the idyllic surroundings of the beautiful Manx countryside. Our facilities and hospitality welcome your wedding party into a relaxation on Island like no other. Breakfast overlooking the golf course, a relaxing spa visit, a dip in the pool, all helping to make your big day the perfect day.

Visit Comis Hotel and Golf Resort's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 661111.

Douglas Town Hall (Douglas)

The Town Hall is extremely popular for weddings and wedding receptions due to its superb location overlooking Chapel Bay. There are three rooms; the main that can hold up to 150 people, the characterful Boardroom that has been recently refurbished and can hold up to 40 people, and the West Room that can hold up to 25 people. There is plenty of parking available and the venue can also be easily accessed using public transport.

Visit Douglas Town Hall's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 636900

Empress Hotel (Douglas)

Whether you are planning a small intimate gathering, a large formal Wedding or just an evening reception, The Empress Hotel is the perfect venue with some great menu options and packages available to suit all budgets. The Empress Hotel is approved for Civil Marriages & Civil Partnerships and has an enviable reputation for its warm hospitality, professional service and attention to detail, along with a great location on the Central Promenade overlooking Douglas Bay. The venue offers a choice of two Wedding Suites: The Prince Albert Suite accommodates up to 180 people in air conditioned comfort whereas the smaller Connaught Suite seats 50 and features natural daylight and air conditioning. The Piano Bar at the main entrance to the Hotel is ideally suited to welcome your guests for drinks and is a great place for them to mingle throughout the day and evening.

Visit Empress Hotel's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 661155.

Grenaby Estate (Nr Ballasalla)

The Grenaby Estate is nestled in the rolling countryside, located in the south of the Island that enjoys stunning scenery any time of the year. The Estate offers an exquisite venue for Marquee and garden weddings, catering for extravagant or simple ceremonies. The five-star guest cottages on the Estate are also the perfect place for bridal parties to relax before, on and after the Wedding Day.

For all enquiries, please contact

Visit Grenaby Estate's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 829565.

House of Mannanan (Peel)

With unique views across Peel Marina and Peel Castle on St. Patrick's Isle the house of Manannan's newly renovated St. Patrick's Isle Suite is ideal for an intimate ceremony for up to 40 guests. The light and airy space is a blank canvas to add your own colour scheme, flowers and finishing touches. Whether you are planning a simple and intimate ceremony or wish to host a more lavish reception St. Patrick's Isle Suite offers Photo opportunities in the galleries or on a fine day, in the grounds of Peel Castle. Other galleries offer other opportunities for a unique wedding set.

Visit House of Mannanan's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 827037.

Manx Fun Farm (Onchan)

A really exquisite venue, simply perfect for weddings. A beautifully dressed marquee with a private lawn area with a glorious view overlooking the beautiful Manx countryside toward the sea.

Visit Manx Fun Farm's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 679399.

Milntown (Ramsey)

Milntown are delighted to offer bespoke and package weddings with a choice of locations around the estate to suit all your requirements, throughout all seasons. Whether it be an intimate dinner for 14 in the magnificent dining room of the main house, a luxurious wedding breakfast for up to 60, or a buffet up to 100 in the elegant cafe, or a marquee wedding in a stunning garden location for up to 200 people, there is something for everyone!

For all enquiries please contact

Visit Milntown's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 818091.

The Nunnery (Douglas)

A stone’s throw from the Centre of Douglas Amidst beautiful parkland, trees and stunning grounds lies the Nunnery estate. Comprising Mansion house for offices & training rooms, beautiful outdoor trails, waterfall and statues and the islands newest event Centre ‘the Garden Room’ capable of holding up to 750 people. Suited to parties, weddings, exhibitions, conferences & markets the location is perfect for gatherings & celebrations.

Visit The Nunnery's website or contact them by telephone at +44 7624 420246.

Palace Hotel & Casino (Douglas)

The Best Western Palace Hotel offers the perfect location for civil ceremonies and wedding celebrations. Every couple is individual to us, and our friendly team of wedding coordinators look forward to guiding you through all the stages of planning your special day, so, whether you are looking for a wedding package or for a uniquely tailored wedding to meet your individual requirements, our dedicated team will take care of everything so you can relax and enjoy the occasion.

Visit Palace Hotel & Casino's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 662662.

Peel Castle (Peel)

Whether you are planning a simple and intimate ceremony or wish to host a more lavish reception, Peel Castle will make a beautiful backdrop for your big day. This ancient fortress enjoys dramatic views across Peel bay providing a beautiful and historic venue for open air ceremonies, blessings and photographs. The 16th century Garrison Hall, a few metres south of the Round Tower, is approved for up to 70 guests with the outdoor Bowling Green historically used for target practice, first by bowmen and later by musketeers approved for up to 150 people.

Visit Peel Castle's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 827037.

Port St Mary Town Hall (Port St Mary)

The Town Hall is the right choice for all due to the excellent flexibility afforded to the Happy Couple in choosing how they wish to have their special occasion. The main hall seats a maximum of 150 people, and there are 2 smaller rooms, with a maximum limit of 40 persons. The Board Room in particular offers a very characterful room for an intimate wedding ceremony. It is often possible to hire the Board Room for the Wedding Ceremony and then continue upstairs to the Town Hall for the reception.

Visit Port St Mary Town Hall's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 832101.

Ramsey Park Hotel (Ramsey)

With its exceptional location in Ramsey, Ramsey Park Hotel is one of the best Isle of Man wedding venues.

Visit Ramsey Park Hotel's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 818123.

Rushen Abbey (Ballasalla)

Whether you are planning a simple and intimate ceremony or wish to host a more lavish reception, the picturesque gardens and ancient ruins, of the historic Rushen Abbey provides an approved venue for Civil Ceremonies, either in the beautiful set gardens or in the former Guest House.

Visit Rushen Abbey's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 827037.

Sefton Hotel (Douglas)

The Sefton holds Approved Place status for the solemnisation of civil marriages and formation of civil partnerships. The hotel’s elegant public spaces – including the magnificent Atrium Water Garden – combined with the dedicated services of our wedding planner, make for a memorable wedding day, be it an intimate gathering or large-scale celebration.

Visit Sefton Hotel's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 645500.

Talk of the Town Restaurant & Bandstand (Douglas)

Talk of the Town is situated in Nobles park, central Douglas, surrounded by a picturesque landscape garden, housing the Centenary Bandstand. Our in house chefs cater bespoke menus & buffets for smaller parties up-to 80-100 guests. Talk of the Town with its full on license, bonafide function license, live music license, outside licensed patio & veranda, is ideal for as an exclusive wedding venue, with ample free parking, our team are dedicated to ensuring that you and your guests are settled and relaxed from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of your special day. Your wedding will be 'Talk of the Town'.

Visit Talk of the Town's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 670430.

Villa Marina (Douglas)

If you want style, elegance, a highly experienced organising team and stunning backdrops for your photos, then the Villa Marina is the choice for you. The Villa Marina promises unrivalled experience when it comes to making sure your wedding runs smoothly, leaving you free to enjoy your day. As the Isle of Man's premier leisure venue, the Villa Marina has affordable packages, a trusted suppliers list, and a reputation built up over years for providing of successful events and everything you need to guarantee your perfect wedding.

Visit Villa Marina's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 694578.

Woodbourne House (Douglas)

As one of the finest examples of period architecture in the Isle of Man Woodbourne House is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion with attractive indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to mingle and photographs to be taken. For a wedding, your venue needs to be as special as the day itself, from the magnificent Harrison Hall to smaller but no less elegant meeting rooms; Woodbourne House offers a flexible choice of spaces that can be tailored to your needs with gardens feature beautiful mature trees, and ample parking at the front of the house. Woodbourne House can deliver the complete wedding package to make sure your special day is one that truly delights from daylight to dusk.

Visit Woodbourne House's website or contact them by telephone at +44 1624 675365.

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