Other types of ceremonies

Coronavirus: Important information

Please read the following information before progressing.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships: We are currently dealing with a high volume of ceremony enquiries. We aim to respond to ceremony amendment requests within six working days and new ceremony bookings within ten working days. 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 three months and you are a Surrey resident, you can book your notice appointment at Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge Register Offices.

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. Guildford is now fully booked until 21 October. Leatherhead and Weybridge offices are now fully booked until 5 October. If you are registering a multiple birth, please complete the birth enquiry form and we will assist you in making an appointment.

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

Claims for Child Benefit and Universal Credit can be made before you register the birth. Visit the Child Benefit and Universal Credit pages for details on how to make a claim.

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.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Information and services

Marriage in a church or other religious building

    If you would like a religious marriage ceremony, you can get married in an Anglican Church or any other church or religious building registered for marriage.

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    Overseas

      For a marriage or civil partnership overseas, you will need to find out what procedures are required by the local authorities in the country you have chosen, in order to ensure your marriage or civil partnership is legal.

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      Civil partnership to marriage conversion

        You are able to convert a civil partnership to a marriage by completing a declaration before a superintendent registrar, with all the required documents.

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        Urgent Marriage or Civil Partnership

          Urgent marriage or civil partnership (Registrar General's Licence) is when the Registrar General can authorise marriages or civil partnerships to take place at short notice in circumstances where one of the parties is seriously ill, not expected to recover and cannot be moved.

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          Marriage and civil partnership of housebound or detained persons

            Under the Marriage and Civil Partnership Act it is possible to hold a marriage or civil partnership in a place where a person is housebound or detained if they are unable to be moved.

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            Renewal of vows

              A renewal of vows ceremony is for couples who are married or in a civil partnership and wish to celebrate their time together and confirm their commitment to one another. It can be as formal or informal as you want and is unique to the couple.

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              Baby welcoming ceremony

                Celebrate the birth of a baby or welcome adopted or stepchildren into your wider family circle. This secular ceremony is designed as an alternative to a religious celebration.

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