Ceremony in the Civic Suite

Last updated 6 April 2021

Current restrictions

The current full Government guidance can be viewed at www.gov.uk

There are no current restrictions affecting statutory marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.



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 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. Civic Suite ceremonies are available on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.

A ring exhange can be included and a short time is allowed for photographs at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony does not include any readings or music and the ceremony party all walk in to the room at the same time.

Only two guests can be in attendance, these two guests will act as the couple’s witnesses. It is not possible for Registration Officers to act as witnesses, and witnesses cannot be provided for the couple.

The two witnesses must both be able to speak and understand English, although it does not have to be their first language. You do not have to know your witnesses personally; or they can be relatives or friends. The witnesses do not need to bring any identification with them.

A photographer can be present at the ceremony however, due to social distancing requirements, it is not possible to have a photographer in addition to the two witnesses. Your photographer is able to act as a witness.


How much does it cost?

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


Coronavirus information

  • In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme Hartlepool Registration Service ask that the couple and witnesses 'check in' using the NHS Covid-19 mobile phone app. If someone is not able to access the app we will record their contact details (name and telephone number) as well as recording the time they enter and leave the ceremony venue. This information will be held safely and in compliance with GDPR regulations for a period of 21 days and then destroyed / deleted.


  • Social distancing rules of 2m will be observed within the venue and ceremony room.


  • Guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt due to health, age or equality reasons. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk


  • The couple must wear a face covering when entering the Civic Centre and making their way to the ceremony room unless they are exempt. Once in the ceremony room they do not have to wear a face covering but can do so if they choose to. If a face covering is worn it will need to be removed briefly prior to the ceremony commencing to allow the Registrars to view the couple's faces.


  • Hand sanitiser is to be used prior to entering the room.  Couples and witnesses will also be expected to use hand sanitiser before signing the Register pages.


  • No member of the ceremony party or guest should attend the venue if they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, feel unwell or have been told they should self-isolate / quarantine.  If it is found that someone is unwell, should be isolating / quarantining or that the maximum numbers have been exceeded, the ceremony will not take place and will have to be re-booked.  There will be a fee payable for this change.


How do I make a booking?

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

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