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Guide to booking your marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing:

  • Death registrations: All death registrations are now over the telephone. You will not be required to attend the register office in person. See our death registration guidance page.
  • Marriage and Civil Partnerships: Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on 10 May 2020, there has been no change to the Government's decision to suspend all marriages and civil partnerships until further notice. In England and Wales, legislation does not provide for marriages or civil partnerships to be contracted / formed by telephone, online or by video conference and there are no current plans for this to change. See our marriage and civil partnerships guidance page.
  • Birth registrations: Unfortunately we are not able to carry out any birth registration appointments until further notice. You can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered. The 42 day requirement to register a birth has been relaxed and no action will be taken if you have not registered within that time frame.
  • Certificates: We are currently running a limited service and are only able to process copy certificate applications that are essential, such as for legal proceedings, job recruitment etc. You should also note that we can only issue a maximum of five certificates per person. Please do not apply for copy certificates for the purposes of family history research at this time. If you require certificates for other purposes, please contact the General Register Office who should be able to supply certificates for you.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

If you are having a ceremony at a church or other religious building, you should first contact the minister or other person in charge at the church or building to find out how to book your ceremony.


In accordance with the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act as from 31 December 2019 opposite sex couples can have a civil partnership and we are now taking bookings for civil partnerships for opposite sex couples.


Choosing if you would like a marriage or civil partnership (Gov.UK) will be your first consideration.

A marriage ceremony means that you will need to say certain vows when you solemnize your marriage.

A civil partnership ceremony means that you do not have to say any vows to each other. Some couples prefer this route if they wish to keep the legalities more administrative and straightforward. Civil partnerships are now for opposite sex couples as well as same sex couples.


Step by step guide to booking your ceremony

Please read our terms and conditions before booking your ceremony.

1. Choose your venue

Select from a variety of venues in Surrey, such as a register office or stately home.

2. Book a registrar

For your ceremony at a register office or licensed venue you must secure a registrar for the date. You can do this up to two years before.

3. Marriage and civil partnership fees

Find out about how much you will need to pay for a registrar, certificates and your notice of marriage or civil partnership.

4. Your notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment

Find out about the legal requirement for your ceremony and make an appointment to complete the legal paperwork up to a year in advance of your ceremony or at least 28 days prior to your ceremony date.

5. Personalise your ceremony

Let us know your choice of vows, music or readings no later than six weeks before your ceremony and things to be aware of on the day of your ceremony (e.g when to arrive, filming, witnesses and use of confetti).

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