Renewal of vows

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Death and stillbirth registrations: All death and stillbirth 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: We are currently dealing with a high volume of ceremony amendments and we aim to respond within six working days. A request for a new ceremony booking can be made from Monday 20 July 2020. We currently have availability for new marriage or civil partnership bookings to take place from September 2020 onwards. Please note that it may take up to ten working days to respond to your new booking enquiry. 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 from Monday 6 July 2020.

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

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Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

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.

You can hold your renewal of vows ceremony at our register offices in Guildford, Leatherhead or Weybridge, or alternatively at any of our licensed venues.

Terms and conditions

Your ceremony booking is accepted on the condition that:

  • Proof of marriage or civil partnership is provided when booking your ceremony.
  • A renewal of vows fee is payable for your ceremony.

Please read in full our ceremony bookings - terms and conditions.

Please note the renewal of vows ceremony has no legal standing. This allows each couple to create a celebration unique to themselves.

Your ceremony

  • Speeches and music from your original ceremony may be given or played again.
  • Changes in your lives can be acknowledged, allowing your children and/or grandchildren to contribute.
  • New promises may be made to reflect your plans for your continuing future together.
  • Old rings or tokens may be rededicated or new rings or tokens exchanged.
  • To mark your special day a commemorative certificate will be presented to you and your partner.

Booking your ceremony

Ceremonies enquiry form (currently suspended)

You can pre-book your ceremony or make an enquiry regarding your ceremony, by completing our ceremonies enquiry form above. Our ceremonies office will then check availability and respond to your enquiry within two working days.

All ceremony fees will be payable in full at the time of booking. Fees are subject to change on the 1 April each year. Please see our webpage: Fees for other types of ceremonies.

Ceremony checklists

Please complete the relevant ceremony checklist online no less than six weeks prior to your ceremony date. The ceremony checklist will provide us with the details of your celebration, such as your choice of vows or promises and music.

Files available to download