Marriages and civil partnerships
Update: 26 November 2020
The Government announced on 26 November 2020 that wedding and civil partnership ceremonies will restart on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Tier 2 restrictions will be in place for Buckinghamshire.
Ceremonies can have a maximum of 15 people attending if social distancing allows. This number includes all those attending, including the couple, witnesses and guests. Anyone who is working is not included, for example officiants (registrars), photographers, staff employed by the venue and catering staff.
In our ceremony rooms we have the following capacities to allow for social distancing:
- Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield and John Hampden Room, Aylesbury - 10 people plus the 2 registrars.
- Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield (now weekends only) - 4 people plus the 2 registrars.
There are very tight restrictions in place and we are only allowed to conduct a basic ceremony. The ceremony can only include the legal words, the option to exchange rings and signing the register. There cannot be any entrance or exit processions, readings, personal vows or other enhancements.
We are fully booked throughout December but are taking bookings from January 2021 onwards. Please contact our Ceremonies Team for further details or to book.
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 some couples may 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
Due to the general uncertainty, we suggest that couples who have ceremonies booked in 2021 should wait until 4 months prior to their ceremony before giving Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership. This will provide the maximum flexibility.
If you live in Buckinghamshire and need to give Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership for a ceremony already booked, please contact us. The Registration Offices are currently only open to pre-booked appointments. Our Ceremonies Team can book your appointment. Please note that Notices and their validity falls under central government control. It is possible that the position for Notices may alter as the pandemic progresses. We will update this web site as we receive further information.