Marriages and civil partnerships
Update: 12 April 2021
The COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 roadmap sets out the staged return of weddings and civil partnerships. At each stage, the decision to proceed to the next step will be guided by data not dates and the four tests set out in the roadmap. A week’s notice will be provided before any step is taken.
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.
- Step 2: From 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
- Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
- Step 4: No earlier than 21 June – No legal limit on attendees
The number of people allowed to attend a ceremony includes the couple, witnesses and guests. Those working, such as registration officials and venue managers, are not included.
Due to social distancing requirements, there are limits on the maximum number of people who can attend a Registration Office ceremony. This number in includes two Registrars:
- Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield: 12 people
- John Hampden Room, Aylesbury: 12 people
- Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield: 6 people
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 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.