Marriage and civil partnership
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 31 October, marriages and civil partnerships are suspended from 5 November - 2 December. Couples due to marry or enter into civil partnership during that time will be contacted by email. You can choose to reschedule your ceremony or receive a full refund.
For bookings after the new national restrictions have ended, ceremonies and civil partnership formations will be able to go ahead, but conditions for social distancing must be met. This will mean significant changes in how we can provide and attend ceremonies.
Up to 15 people may be able to attend ceremonies, provided the venue is Covid secure and social distancing requirements are met. Each venue is required to complete a health and safety risk assessment to determine the maximum number of people that can safely attend in that venue. The maximum number of people permitted to attend a marriage or Civil Partnership in the Pankhurst Suite at Heron House is 15; the couple and up to 13 guests.
If possible, when attending Heron House for an appointment or ceremony please don't bring a pram or pushchair with you (this is to maintain Covid-19 Secure principles within the building.) If you have to bring one, we will ask you to leave it on the ground floor of the building. We advise that you don't leave any valuable items with your pram or pushchair, as we do not accept liability for the loss or theft of any items from the premises. Car seats/baby carriers can be brought to the office if you are able to carry it up the stairs yourself.
If you have recently entered the UK and are subject to a quarantine period. You must complete that quarantine period prior to attending this office for an appointment or ceremony.
The Government updated the guidance and FAQs on face coverings at weddings and civil partnerships in England, on 5 August 2020, to confirm these include those taking place in register offices or other approved venues. Face coverings must now be worn by all guests attending a marriage or civil partnership ceremony at any venue.
New bookings for marriages and civil partnerships
We are now able to take new bookings for ceremonies at the Pankhurst Suite, or for a registrar to attend a ceremony at one of our approved premises. To make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and contact number and we will ring you to make the booking. Please note due to the vast amount of emails we’re receiving we are currently aiming to respond within 5 working days of your enquiry. If you already have a booking and you would like to cancel or postpone your ceremony please email email@example.com stating
both your names, the date and the place of your ceremony and we will advise accordingly.
Giving notice of intention to marry/enter into civil partnership
Appointments can be booked online for notices of intention to marry and to enter into civil partnership, if you intend to marry in a register office or approved premises in England or Wales. If your ceremony is to take place in a religious building or in any other country, you will need to contact us to make an appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, contact number, when and where the ceremony will take place.
Ceremonies that have already been booked.
For ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite at Heron House only the couple and a maximum of 13 guests may attend, depending on the day and time of the ceremony and social distancing must be adhered to. The only ceremony available at this time is a standard ceremony, with no readings, music etc. Face coverings must be worn by all guests attending.
Ceremonies at approved premises recommenced on Saturday 4 July 2020, however before Registrars attend any venue we will need assurance from the venue that they have completed a risk assessment and that they are Covid secure.
The guidance states up to 15 people will be able to attend ceremonies at approved venues providing it is safe to do so. Please check with your chosen venue how many people they can safely accommodate. In line with Government Guidance the ceremony itself will be kept to a minimum, this means that until further notice there won’t be an option to choose your own ceremony, add readings etc. There will be no opportunity to make an entrance into the room (walk down the aisle). Recorded music can be played during the signing of the register. Photography and videoing is permitted during the ceremony providing social distancing is adhered to. Unfortunately there won’t be an opportunity to pose with the register after the ceremony for photographs. All guests attending a ceremony must wear a face covering.