Marriages and civil partnerships

Update: 23 February 2021

On 22 February the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified, but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step. 

Current national restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England before 29 March. The changes planned are:

  • Step 1: From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’ 
  • Step 2: No earlier than 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

As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests.  Those working, such as registration officials and venue managers, are not included.

Currently registration offices in Buckinghamshire hold a maximum of 12 people (this includes 2 Registrars).


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.

Continue to our weddings and ceremonies pages.


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