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We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies

We are currently unable to undertake any ceremonies in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 10th May 2020 and recently published guidance.

The latest Government guidance includes examining how to enable slightly larger groups to gather for events such as small ceremonies, which will not be before 1 June 2020 and only if the correct conditions are met. Therefore all ceremonies booked before this date will be unable to go ahead.

 

We will not be able to undertake ceremonies until we have received further details that relate to the lifting of the restrictions on Civil Marriage and Partnership Ceremonies and in particular the Notice of Marriage, therefore we will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Please continue to review this page for further updates and confirmation for when we can resume new ceremony bookings and amendments.

Marriage & Civil Partnership Advice with Covid-19

Please read the information below.  We will continue to update this page to keep you informed of any further changes, as we are made aware. 

Will my ceremony go ahead?

If UK Government restrictions on Ceremonies are lifted within a timeframe that allows your current booked Ceremony to go ahead, we will attend as planned.

Please note: in order for your ceremony to go ahead you must have valid Notices of Marriage in place at least 28 days prior to the date of your ceremony.

 

Other Options available to you at the present time:

 

Changing your ceremony date

If you wish to amend your ceremony to a date in 2021 at your original venue, you can do so at no additional cost as long as the venue, the day of the week and ceremony details are the same. Please email us the details (including your booking reference) and we will contact you as soon as we can to confirm whether we can accommodate the new date. If you wish to change the day of the week from your original booking any difference will be chargeable or refunded.

If you wish to amend your ceremony to a date in 2020 at your original venue, you can do so at no additional cost as long as the venue, the day of the week and the ceremony details are the same. Please email us the details (including your booking reference) and we will contact you as soon as we can to confirm whether we can accommodate the new date.  Please note: We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate preferred dates and times in 2020.  This may be due to the number of current bookings, continued government restrictions or the legal requirement to ensure notices of marriage/civil partnership is in date.  If you wish to change the day of the week from your original booking any difference will be chargeable or refunded.

 

Changing your ceremony date and choosing a new venue

If you wish to amend your ceremony to a date in 2021 at a new venue, please email us the details (including your booking reference) and we will contact you as soon as we can to confirm whether we can accommodate the new date. If you choose a new venue you will be required to have a new notice of marriage/civil partnership, this will be payable as per our current fee list.  If you wish to change the day of the week from your original booking any difference will be chargeable or refunded.

If you wish to amend your ceremony to a date in 2020 at a new venue, please email us the details (including your booking reference) and we will contact you as soon as we can to confirm whether we can accommodate the new date. Please note: We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate preferred dates and times in 2020.  This may be due to the number of current bookings, continued government restrictions or the legal requirement to ensure notices of marriage /civil partnership are in date.  If you choose a new venue you will be required to have a new notice of marriage/civil partnership, this will be payable as per our current fee list.  If you wish to change the day of the week from your original booking any difference will be chargeable or refunded.

 

Cancelling your ceremony

If you wish to cancel your ceremony completely and choose not to amend please email us the details (including your booking reference) to confirm. In these circumstances you will receive a refund of any monies paid minus the non-refundable booking (administration) fee.

 

Retaining your current ceremony date

If you wish to wait to see whether the UK Government restrictions are relaxed within a timeframe that allows your current booked Ceremony to go ahead, then please do not contact us at this point. Please note in order for your ceremony to go ahead you must have valid Notices of Marriage in place at least 28 days prior to the date of your ceremony.

 

Important details to note:

Dates and times for amended Ceremonies are subject to availability. This availability will take into account current bookings, government restrictions and the legal requirement to ensure notices of marriage/civil partnership are in date and new notice appointments made if required. 

If your marriage or civil partnership notices will have expired before any new proposed date, we will offer new notice of marriage / civil partnership appointments free of charge to those who live in Gloucestershire. If you require a new notice of marriage/civil partnership due to a change of venue, these will be payable as per our current fee list.

 

Notices of Marriage

Notices must be given at least one month before the date of your newly arranged ceremony.

These Notices cannot be given until the UK Government Restrictions are changed.

Those couples who live outside of Gloucestershire should contact their local Register Office to find out what arrangements they have put in place for notices which need to be taken again.

 

Does my wedding insurance cover the cost of my cancelled ceremony?

Whilst we recommend that you obtain insurance, we are unable to comment on individual cover. Please speak to your insurance provider for full details.

 

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