Announcement on 22 February 2021
The Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified, but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step.
Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England
Current national restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England prior to 29 March. The changes planned are:
• Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’
• Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
• Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
• Step 4: No earlier than 21 June – No legal limit on attendees
As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.
Currently registration offices in Buckinghamshire hold a maximum of 12 people (this includes 2 registrars).
Contacting our Ceremonies Team
Our contact details are below. Please note that our telephone lines are very busy at the moment so it may be easier to email:
Telephone: 01494 475092
For up to date information, please view our current information about marriages and civil partnerships.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.
Our 2021 Celebrate in Buckinghamshire brochure is available by request. Please email the Ceremonies Team to request a copy of the brochure.
Book a notice of marriage or civil partnership
If you would like to book a notice of marriage or civil partnership please email us at:
The Government launched a Law Commission review into marriage ceremonies in England and Wales on 29 June 2019. This is a two year programme so there is no change to the current laws for marriages.
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