Guide to booking your marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Coronavirus: Important information

Marriages and civil partnerships will still be able to go ahead when Elmbridge moves to COVID-19 alert level high from Saturday 17 October 2020.

For the latest updates please see our marriage and civil partnerships during coronavirus guidance.

From Monday 28 September 2020, the maximum number of people at a marriage or civil partnership will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people, (the couple and up to 13 guests).

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).