Plan your wedding or civil partnership ceremony
You can personalise your ceremony by completing the ceremony checklist.
Our registrars will use the information to make your day unique to you.
What to expect on the day of the marriage ceremony
On the day of the ceremony:
- you must bring at least two people with you to be witnesses to your marriage
- you can choose any relative or friend to be a witness
- witnesses must understand the language of the ceremony and be able to understand what's taking place. Register Office staff are not allowed to act as a witness
- we ask that you and your guests arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start
Here is a short guide to what happens during one of our ceremonies. This is your day and we welcome the opportunity to adapt the ceremony to your individual wishes.
Our registrars are there to help and guide you through the ceremony. They will welcome you and your guests to your approved venue. They will lead you through your ceremony and your legal declarations.
You will then exchange your vows and you will be able to include words, poems and music. These cannot have any religious connotations.
Many couples choose to include the exchange of rings in their ceremony. The wedding ring is placed on the third finger of the left hand of the bride or groom. This is a traditional declaration of commitment to each other.
You and your witnesses will sign the marriage register. You can follow this with photographs. We will then present you with your marriage certificate.
What to expect on the day of your civil partnership
If you are forming a civil partnership, you can choose to have a simple formation with no ceremony or a formation followed by a celebratory ceremony. Find out what to expect on the day of your civil partnership.