Ceremony in the Civic Suite

Last updated 12 October 2023


For those wanting a simple ceremony we hold statutory marriage and civil partnerships ceremonies at the Civic Suite, Civic Centre


What does a statutory ceremony involve?

The ceremony is a short simple ceremony consisting of the legal wording required in order for the marriage or civil partnership to be legally binding. It takes place in a meeting room in the Civic Suite, Civic Centre accessed by the Civic Centre Main Reception.

The ceremony cannot be enhanced with things such as personalised vows, music or readings. A ring exhange can be included and a short time is allowed for photographs at the end of the ceremony.

Only two guests can be in attendance, these two guests will act as witnesses. No other guests, including children, will be admitted into the ceremony room. The couple and their witnesses will enter the ceremony room at the same time.

The two witnesses must both be over the age of 16 and able to speak and understand English, although it does not have to be their first language. The couple do not have to know their witnesses personally; or they can be relatives or friends. It is not possible for Registration Officers to act as witnesses, and witnesses cannot be provided for the couple.


What days are ceremonies available?

Civic Suite ceremonies are available on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings, excluding Bank Holidays and Christmas week.


How much does it cost?

The full payment of £57 is required at the time of booking; £50 of this payment is non-refundable.


How do I make a booking?

If you would like to make a booking please contact us to check availability. 

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