Update for Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Update for Period of National Restrictions

In order to support the UK Government’s Stay at Home message – only essential appointments will be undertaken

Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, from 5th January 2021 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances (for example, urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery).  In such circumstances, ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people, dependent on Covid-safe room capacity.  

NO receptions are allowed.

We are contacting couples with ceremonies booked during these restrictions to assist them in postponing, amending or cancelling their ceremony. 


Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

During the period of the National Lockdown we will only be taking essential Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointments.

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 given.


High Volume of Calls

On Mondays and at certain times of the day (particularly 12-2.30pm) we may experience a higher volume of calls to book birth and death appointments and ceremonies. Please bear with us and we will do our best to answer your call as soon as possible. Alternatively you can book online for birth or death appointments



Use our simple planners to keep on top of the events (and costs) and when they should occur.

Arranging your ceremony is an exciting and special time, it can also be slightly daunting with the number of elements that have to be organised and planned.

Take inspiration from us – we have compiled a few simple lists to help make the process of organising your ceremony as simple and stress-free as possible.

Timeline planner

To help you plan and ensure that the events leading up to your special day run as smoothly as possible, use this simple planner to keep on top of the events and when they should occur!

12 Months or earlier

  • Select a wedding date
  • Find a venue and discuss provisional dates
  • Talk to Gloucestershire Registration Service and book the ceremony (please note that we will take bookings well in advance of 12 months). Please bear this in mind when looking at popular dates.

9 - 12 Months

  • Announce your forthcoming ceremony to friends and family (many couples choose to send out ‘Save the date’ cards a few months before the event, to ensure that guests keep that date free)
  • Determine wedding budget
  • Start to look at outfits for the ceremony
  • Research caterers, photographers and florists (and any other suppliers)
  • Start planning honeymoon

6 - 9 Months

  • Select and book a caterer
  • Select and book photographer
  • Decide on number of day guests
  • Decide on number of evening guests
  • Choose your witnesses
  • Book transport for the day
  • Book dressmaker if necessary
  • Select and book florist
  • Make your gift list / register for ceremony gifts
  • Book honeymoon

4 - 6 Months

  • Purchase ceremony insurance
  • Check passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date you depart for your honeymoon
  • Book hotel rooms for the ceremony evening if necessary
  • Reserve rental items
  • Buy shoes and accessories
  • Discuss play list for ceremony/reception

2 - 4 Months

  • Buy rings
  • Order ceremony cake
  • Order flower decorations
  • Send out invitations
  • Order stationery, balloons, confetti and disposable cameras etc
  • Purchase gifts for key members of the party

6 - 8 Weeks

  • Make a record of RSVPs and early ceremony gifts
  • Book hairdressers/beauticians appointments
  • Select and reserve attire for all gentlemen
  • Arrange transport and hospitality for out-of-town guests
  • Organise Stag/Hen nights
  • Choose and buy going away outfits

2 - 6 Weeks

  • Make a wedding day itinerary
  • Pick up rings
  • Ensure the speeches are prepared
  • Confirm final number of button holes with florist
  • Create reception seating plan
  • Confirm details with photographer and videographer
  • Practice with hairdresser/beautician
  •  Inform caterers on final number of guests
  • Confirm cake delivery
  • Print out seating cards

1 Week

  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Order honeymoon currency
  • Give caterer final guest numbers
  •  Arrange a place to store gifts at the reception
  • Relax

On the day

  • Eat breakfast
  • Check wedding day itinerary
  • Enjoy your special day

After the honeymoon

  • Send out thank you cards

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