Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

From Monday 28th September the number of people permitted to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony has been reduced to 15. This maximum number must include the couple, witnesses and guests.  This number no longer includes anyone working and therefore no longer includes our Registration Staff. The venue and the room must be suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room must comply with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email

Face coverings guidance (Effective from 31st August 2020)

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

NHS Test & Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. As of the 24th September all visitors to Gloucestershire County Council premises will be asked to voluntarily supply their details to NHS Test and Trace by the way of scanning a QR code on site. You will need to use the NHS Covid 19 App to allow you to do this. If you use an iphone, please download the App via the App store, if you use an Android phone please use Google play. It would be advisable to download prior to your visit to us.

If you are unable to download the App, your details will be requested on the day of the appointment by our staff.


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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