Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies - Coronavirus Guidance

Restrictions announced on the 4 January mean that marriage and civil partnership ceremonies should only go ahead in exceptional circumstances, such as when one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

If there are exceptional circumstances and it is agreed the ceremony can still go ahead numbers attending must restricted to six, this is the maximum number and includes both the couple and guests.

If you had a ceremony booked with us to take place between January and March we will contact you to discuss your options.

We are unsure at this time when these restrictions will be lifted. 

In order to ensure we can provide a service to those with existing bookings, new bookings will be only accepted from May 2021 onwards.

Your marriage is special occasion and we look forward to being part of your special day.  The current pandemic however, means that we have had to make a number of the changes to the services we provide and whilst we recognise the importance of your day, we ask that as you help us to keep you and our staff safe by adhering to the measures  either the government, ourselves or your chosen venue have put in place.

You do have the option to postpone your ceremony until such a time that more restrictions have been lifted and if you choose to do so, we will do our best to move your ceremony to alternative date and time of your choice.

If you have planned to have your ceremony to take place in the Register Office Ceremony Room on the ground floor of the Guildhall, please see important information about the restrictions we have put in place at that venue.

Information about marriage ceremonies at the Guildhall