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. Please see our death registration guidance page for more information.
- Marriage and Civil Partnerships - Unfortunately we are not able to carry out any marriages or civil partnerships until at least the 1 June 2020. Please see our marriage and civil partnerships guidance page for more information.
- Birth registrations - Unfortunately we will not be able to carry out any birth registration appointments for the next 21 days. This will come into effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020 onwards. 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 only able to process certificate applications where the certificate is required for urgent legal or administrative purposes. We can issue a maximum of 3 certificates per person only. We are not able to deal with applications for certificates for the purposes of family history research at this time.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
Congratulations on your forthcoming ceremony. Here's a rundown of what you can expect on the big day and what preparations you may need to make.
The information below will also help you to complete the checklist for your ceremony requirements.
If you have enquiries regarding your ceremony, please complete our ceremonies enquiry form and our ceremonies office will then contact you within two working days.
Please also, ensure you have read and understood the ceremony terms and conditions.
- Entering the room
- Ceremony script
- Music and readings
- Number of guests
- Recording the event
It is a legal requirement that you are interviewed by a registrar prior to your wedding. Please be ready for your interview 30 minutes before the start time.
You will proceed directly to the ceremony room after your interview has taken place.
You must be ready to start your wedding on time, it cannot be delayed by the late arrival of you or your guests. If you are late for your wedding, you risk not being able to proceed as planned and reduction to content maybe necessary. Or we may have to conduct your ceremony at the end of the day.
Entering the room
You can choose how to start your wedding, whether you wish to be escorted by a family member or friend or together as a couple. You may also choose to be accompanied by bridesmaids or page boys.
Please see the attached choice of three Surrey ceremonies which show the ceremony wording and a choice of the legal declaratory and contractual words that you are required to say to each other during your marriage or civil partnership. These ceremonies cannot be altered and we will not use scripts provided by anyone else.
You may wish to enhance your ceremony by providing your own music, or including readings, or adding personal vows or promises you would like to say to each other during the ceremony.
On the day you must provide two witnesses who are able to speak and understand English. These may be relatives or friends who will be required to sign the marriage register or civil partnership schedule.
Number of guests
Each ceremony room is licensed for a particular number of guests and you must adhere to these numbers as they are laid down according to health and safety regulations. Please note that children over two years old are counted as individual guests and must be included in your overall numbers.
No extra guests are permitted to stand in the ceremony room
Recording the event
Photography is welcome at your wedding, but please ensure you speak to the registrar on the day.
A single video recording is also permitted, the equipment should be battery operated.
Please note we will cannot accept any responsibility for any damage or loss of any equipment whilst on any premises.
The use of biodegradable confetti or bubbles are not permitted in the ceremony rooms at our register offices, however, it may be used outside the building in the gardens. Please do not use rice.
If there are any language difficulties, you must provide a suitable interpreter to attend with you. They will sign a declaration to confirm that they have translated all content for you and are satisfied that you understand the nature and purpose of the ceremony.
Any interpreter used will also be required to sign the marriage register or civil partnership schedule as a witness.