Marriages and civil partnerships

Update:  Thursday, 23 September 2020

Further to the Prime Minister's announcement of 22 September which introduced further measures to suppress the COVID-19 virus.

From 28 September in England all weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and any associated receptions will be restricted to 15 people. It has been clarified that this maximum number includes all those attending, including the couple, witnesses and guests. However anyone working, for example officiants (registrars), photographers, security, staff employed by the venue, third-party suppliers or catering staff are not included. 

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.  A maximum of 15 people can attend only if social distancing can be fully applied.  In our 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.

Please note that we are now fully booked in October so are unable to bring any bookings forward or make new bookings.

 

Contacting our Ceremonies Team

Due to high demand all the ceremonies team is unable to answer calls.  Please email us: ceremonies@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

If you need an urgent call back, please state this in your email and include your contact number.  Please note that when we call you, our number will display as ‘number withheld’.

We 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 in the year 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.  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.

Continue to our weddings and ceremonies pages.

 

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