Music and readings for your marriage or civil partnerships ceremony

Coronavirus: Important information

Surrey will move into Tier 2 of the government's restrictions on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships will be able to take place with a maximum of 15 people (where possible with social distancing). This maximum number includes the couple and guests but does not include anybody working at the ceremony e.g. registrars or photographer.

For Surrey Register Offices, with social distancing, the following applies:

  • Guildford - Artington House six guests and the couple
  • Leatherhead - The Mansion six guests and the couple
  • Weybridge - Rylston four guests and the couple

Readings

The inclusion of readings is currently suspended from all Surrey ceremonies due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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.