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Marriage or Civil Partnership Ceremony

If you have already booked your wedding or civil partnership please view our Your Ceremony page and fill out a Marriage or Civil Partnership (same-sex couples) Ceremony options form. 

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In order to be legally married, there are words prescribed by law which you must say. These words declare that you are free to marry and will also contract you in marriage. You cannot mix or change these words with any others.

Couples can choose one set of prescribed words from each list below:


  1. “I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, (your full name), may not be joined in matrimony to (your partner’s full name)”, or

  2. “I declare that I know of no legal reason why I, (your full name), may not be joined in marriage to (your partner’s full name)”, or

  3. By replying “I am” to the question “Are you, (your full name) free lawfully to marry (your partner’s full name)?”


  1. “I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (your full name), do take thee, (your partner’s full name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband”, or

  2. “I, (your full name), take you (your partner’s full name) to be my wedded wife/husband” or

  3. “I, (your full name), take thee (your partner’s full name) to be my wedded wife/husband”

If you would like extra vows or to personalise your ceremony, please have a look at our flexible packages. 

View our marriage packages 

You will need to ask two people, who may be friends or relatives if they will witness your marriage ceremony.
Your witnesses must be at least 16 years old, speak English and be able to understand the ceremony and their role in it. The witnesses will also have to sign the register.

Civil Partnerships 

Same-sex couples

In order for a Civil Partnership to be legally formed, the following declaration is taken from the schedule.


I declare that I know of no legal reason why we may not register as each other’s civil
partner. I understand that on signing this document we will be forming a Civil Partnership with each other.

Couples are given the choice on whether they wish to make this declaration verbally to each other before the signing.

Opposite-sex couples

The Government announced on 2 October plans to introduce civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.

Any opposite-sex couples wishing to form a civil partnership should be advised this is not yet possible and the changes will be made as soon as there is a suitable opportunity to change the law.

Any specific enquiries should be directed to the Government Equalities Office.


If you need to arrange an urgent wedding or civil partnership for a life-limiting medical reason and our offices are closed, please call 07708 566 939 and if necessary leave a message.  Please note this number is only available Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays between 9 am and 5 pm.

All other bookings or enquiries should be made through our contact us page.