Music and readings for your marriage or civil partnerships ceremony


Music

There are several ways to personalise your ceremony. One way is to use music. This can be played during the signing of the legal documents and for your exit from the ceremony room.

You must ensure that any music chosen has no religious content.

Music at the Register Office

You can choose your own music and we will ensure that we have this music for you on the day. Your music will be played through our Bose music system. Please state the title of the song and the name of artist or group clearly on your checklist. You must ensure that any music chosen has no religious content.

Alternatively, you may wish to use the Register Office classical music selection:

  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • Clair de Lune - Debussy
  • Air on a G String - Bach
  • The Four Seasons, Spring - Vivaldi
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel

Music at a Licensed Venue

You can choose your own music for your ceremony. You must ensure that any music chosen has no religious content. Please state the title of the song and the name of artist or group clearly on your checklist.

We recommend that you speak to your venue about playing your music choices on the day.

Readings

You may wish to further personalise your ceremony by including a maximum of two readings.

Readings can be a poem or piece of prose of your choice and will be read by one of your guests at the ceremony. Alternatively, you or a guest or family member may wish write something to read at your ceremony. If they would like the reading to be a surprise, they can send it to us directly, with your names and ceremony date.

All readings should be short in length and must not contain any religious content.

Please see a selection of suggested readings (PDF) that you may wish to choose from when deciding on the content of your ceremony.


Files available to download