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Marriages And Civil Partnerships - Weddings

Due to England now being in National lockdown – Marriages and Civil Partnerships will only now go ahead in exceptional circumstances and will be with no more than 6 people in attendance. 

This maximum number includes the couple, witnesses and guests. It does not include the registrars, any third-party suppliers, such as photographers or security, staff employed by the venue or any third party catering staff.

Due to the uncertainty, we will not be taking any bookings for dates prior to 15 May 2021 at this time.

Numbers in our ceremony rooms

We've risk assessed the rooms where we conduct ceremonies and the numbers are limited as follows to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained. These numbers will be reviewed in line with revised government guidance when it is issued and adjusted accordingly if it is safe to do so.

In addition to the registrars:

  • The Register Office (Town Hall, Bournemouth) – the couple plus two attendees (no photography allowed during ceremony) – Fully booked until 15 May 2021
  • The Willows (Town Hall, Bournemouth) and the Main Hall (The Guildhall, Poole) – the couple plus four attendees (Photographer allowed and is not counted as one of the six) - From 15 May 2021
  • The Robing Room (The Guildhall, Poole) – the couple plus two attendees (no photography allowed during ceremony) – From 15 May 2021
  • The Laurels (Town Hall, Bournemouth) and Robing Room (The Guildhall, Poole) – the couple plus four attendees (Photographer allowed and must be one of the six) – from 1 July 2021

Face coverings

Face coverings are required in places of worship. This includes guests at wedding or civil partnership ceremonies. Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride or groom and can be removed where required for the ceremony.

Win a wedding

Hot Radio are running a competition for a couple to ‘win a wedding’ in the BCP Council area. You can find out more and enter the competition on the Hot Radio website.

Coming soon

Online booking for Register Office ceremonies in 2021 will be available soon.

Contact us

We're receiving a significant number of enquiries so please contact us by email because we need to deal with ceremonies in date order. 

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