To help you complete the checklist for your ceremony requirements, please see the following details of your day below.
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 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.