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Music and readings

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing:

Death registrations: All death registrations are now carried out by a telephone appointment. You do not need to attend the register office in person. For more information see our death registration guidance.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships: Marriages and civil partnerships can take place in Surrey from 6 July 2020. We currently have a high volume of ceremony booking changes to deal with. New ceremony enquiries can be submitted from Monday 13 July 2020. Please see our marriage and civil partnerships guidance for further details.

Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership: If you have a marriage or civil partnership booked to take place in the next 3 months and you are a Surrey resident, you can book your notice appointment at Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge Register Offices from Monday 6 July 2020.

Birth registrations: Appointments are now available to book at Guildford, Leatherhead and Weybridge Register Offices. We are looking forward to seeing you but we have a large backlog of births to register, so please bear with us as we try to offer as many appointments as is safely possible.

New parents can register their baby with a GP practice without a birth certificate.

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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. We can issue a maximum of five certificates per person. Please do not apply for 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.

Citizenship ceremonies: We will be contacting those citizens that have been affected by the lockdown from the 6 July 2020 to discuss your citizenship arrangements.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.


You may wish to further personalise your ceremony by including a maximum of two readings.

Readings can be a poem or piece of prose of your choice and will be read by one of your guests at the ceremony. Alternatively, you or a guest or family member may wish write something to read at your ceremony. If they would like the reading to be a surprise, they can send it to us directly, with your names and ceremony date.

All readings should be short in length and must not contain any religious content, for this reason any reading must be approved by the superintendent registrar prior to your celebration. If not, the reading will not be included in your celebration.

Please see a selection of suggested readings (PDF) that you may wish to choose from when deciding on the content of your ceremony.


There are several ways to personalise your ceremony. One way is to use music. This can be played while your guests are seated, for your entrance, the signing of the register and your exit.

You may wish to choose one of the following CDs which we offer at each of our register offices:

Traditional wedding music

  • Bridal March - Wagner
  • Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone
  • Wedding March - Mendelssohn

Classical music

  • 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

Popular music

Disc 1

  • Thousand years - Christina Perri
  • Take my hand (wedding song) - Emily Hackett ft. Will Anderson
  • All of me - John Legend
  • Make you feel my love - Adele
  • Greatest day - Take That

Disc 2

  • Songbird - Eva Cassidy
  • Signed, sealed, delivered - Stevie Wonder
  • The first, the last, my everything - Barry White
  • Can't help falling in love - Elvis Presley
  • All you need is love - The Beatles

Alternatively, you are welcome to provide your own music but you must ensure that the music has no religious content. For ceremonies taking place in the Register Office, please bring your music with you on the day of your ceremony.

All of your music must be recorded on one device and in the order that you wish it to be played (no compilation albums please).

You will need to ask one of your guests to operate your Bluetooth device.

If you would like to check that your music works on the Register Office system, please take it into the office for testing between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday only. We cannot be held responsible for your music not working on our system.

Files available to download