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Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies during coronavirus

From 1st July

Update on outdoor ceremonies

In certain circumstances, civil ceremonies can now take place outside.  Please note that this change only applies the outdoor areas of venues which already hold a licence to conduct marriages and civil partnerships.  The gov.uk web site gives more details.

If you have a ceremony booked at one of our venues, please contact the venue directly to discuss what options may be possible. 

From 19 July 2021

Ceremonies in a licensed venue (e.g. hotel, golf club or country house)

There will no longer be a maximum number cap for the number of people attending a ceremony set out in law. 

You will need to contact your venue to check the numbers they can accommodate for your ceremony and any other requirements they may have.

Registration Office Ceremonies

Please note that due to Buckinghamshire Council policy, limits remain on the maximum number of people who can attend a Registration Office ceremony and are based on the COVID-19 risk assessment. This number includes two Registrars:

• Midsomer Court, Beaconsfield: 22 people (including 2 registrars)
• John Hampden Room, Aylesbury: 22 people (including 2 registrars)
• Disraeli Room, Beaconsfield: 10 people (including 2 registrars)

Please note, photographers and videographers are included in the numbers above.

While the wearing of face masks is not compulsory, we respectfully request they are worn by all guests who are not exempt from doing so while on council premises to protect both fellow guests and our staff.

Contacting the Ceremonies Team

Please note that due to unprecedented demand, we have limited availability to conduct any ceremonies not already in our diaries until November 2021.

To contact the ceremonies team please telephone on
01494 475 092 or email details of your query, together with your name, telephone number and ceremony date and venue if applicable to ceremonies@buckinghamshire.gov.uk and a member of our team will contact you within 5 working days

Postponing a Ceremony

We do appreciate that couples may want to postpone their ceremony.

If you wish to postpone, we will offer to re-book your ceremony. You do not need to set a new date immediately, but can contact us later when the current situation may be clearer.  You may need to attend for another notice appointment depending on the new date of your ceremony and the statutory charge will apply.

If you wish to cancel your ceremony, please complete our cancellation form. View our cancellation form.

Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership

If your ceremony has been rebooked due to postponement but your original Notice has expired, you'll need to give Notice again. Notices of marriage or civil partnership are only valid for one year and it's not possible to extend this.

Contact us to discuss your options on how to give Notice again. Email ceremonies@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

We must follow local and government guidelines that are in place at the time of the ceremony. If you wish to postpone or cancel, please contact us via our enquiry form to discuss your options.