Marriages and civil partnerships

Update: 7 January 2021

In accordance with the national lockdown effective 00.01 on Wednesday, 6 January, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances. This is where a ceremony could not be reasonably delayed, such as for people who are seriously ill or dying, or those who are about to undergo surgery from which they may not recover.

We have no clear date when ceremonies may resume.  Any possible changes to the lockdown, currently given by Government as 22 February may not see changes to the availability of ceremonies as these would only be possible under Tier 3 or below, still with restrictions under some Tiers.  We would strongly urge you to consider this if you need to rearrange your ceremony and book well ahead to reduce any further need for change.

Our ceremonies team will contact all couples due to have a ceremony up to 28 February to assist in rescheduling or cancelling ceremonies.  The team will contact couples with ceremonies after 28 February as the position becomes clearer.

At this time, we are unable to take any new bookings for January and February 2021 unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Please note this may change as the situation progresses.


Contacting our Ceremonies Team

Our contact details are below.  Please note that our telephone lines are very busy at the moment so it may be easier to email:


Telephone: 01494 475092

We would also advise you to contact your ceremony venue by email directly if you wish to make any changes to your booking.


Postponing a ceremony

We do appreciate that couples will want to postpone their ceremony until another time.

If you wish to postpone, we will offer to re-book your ceremony with no extra charge. You do not need to set a new date immediately, but can contact us later when the current situation may have stabilised.  You may need to attend for another notice appointment depending on the new date of your ceremony and the statutory charge will apply.

If you wish to cancel your ceremony, we will give you a full refund.  Our cancellation policy is temporarily suspended during this period. View our cancellation form.


Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership

We continue to offer notices for marriage or civil partnerships but these are being prioritised in date order of the forthcoming marriage or civil partnership, and for those who fall under the exceptional circumstances restrictions. 

Our staff will be in contact with those who have appointments up to 22 February to discuss how they would like to proceed with their notice appointment.

Continue to our weddings and ceremonies pages.


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