Marriages and civil partnerships
Update: 14 June 2021
Following the Government’s announcement on 14 June, there are changes to weddings and civil partnerships in Buckinghamshire from 21 June 2021. Until 21 June, the maximum number of people who can attend a ceremony remains at 30, including the couple.
The changes below apply from 21 June to 19 July 2021.
Ceremonies in licensed venues (e.g. hotel, golf club or country house)
There will no longer be a legal maximum number for people attending a wedding or civil partnership ceremony. Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by the amount of space each venue has to safely accommodate people with social distancing measures in place.
This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
You will need to contact your venue to check the maximum number they can accommodate for your ceremony. The venue can also advise you how they are adhering to the current social distancing guidelines.
Registration Office Ceremonies
Please note that due to social distancing requirements, limits remain on the maximum number of people who can attend a Registration Office ceremony. This number includes two Registrars:
- Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield: 12 people
- John Hampden Room, Aylesbury: 12 people
- Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield: 6 people
Contacting our Ceremonies Team
Our telephone lines are currently closed to help us manage the high demand. Please email us with details of your query, together with your name, telephone number, ceremony date and venue if applicable. A member of our team will contact you within three working days.
We 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 may want to postpone their ceremony.
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 be clearer. 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 are currently only offering notice appointments for marriages or civil partnerships that are due to take place within the next three months.