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Marriages And Civil Partnerships - Weddings

We try to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days. Please do not send emails to chase a response as these add to our backlog and delay our ability to respond promptly.

Face coverings

It is now mandatory for all guests attending ceremonies to wear face coverings.

This is to protect everyone present at the ceremony, including members of staff who are essential in performing the statutory requirement of birth, death and marriage registrations.

This will also help to ensure that other couples’ ceremonies can go ahead.

All guests will be required to wear face coverings on entering the Town Hall and The Guildhall, but the bride and groom do not need to wear them during the ceremony.

Numbers in our ceremony rooms

There are currently no restrictions on the number of guests attending ceremonies. At present we can accommodate our usual numbers in each of the ceremony rooms. Please see the table below for the maximum guest numbers.

We will need to comply with any restrictions in place at the time of your ceremony.  If your ceremony is affected by any restrictions we will be in touch to advise you.

Requests to bring more guests than the room allows will not be permitted, so please make sure you that you only invite the number of guests appropriate for each room limit.  

Staff will not discuss requests to increase numbers and will not tolerate rude or aggressive behaviour. If you are dissatisfied with the decisions made, then you will be directed to the feedback link on our website.

Current numbers allowed in our ceremony rooms
RoomAttendees in addition to the couple
Register Office, Town Hall, Bournemouth 2 guests
No photographer allowed during the ceremony
The Willows, Town Hall, Bournemouth 50 guests
The Laurels, Town Hall, Bournemouth 12 guests
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bournemouth 120 guests (80 on lower floor, 40 on upper floor)
The Main Hall, The Guildhall, Poole 90 guests
The Robing Room, The Guildhall, Poole 12 guests


Staff have been working hard to accommodate ceremonies where people have had to reschedule. If your ceremony was cancelled due to lockdown, we're happy to rearrange this for you.

Please note that if you reschedule your ceremony to a time when there has been a fee increase, you will be asked to pay the fee that is current at the time of the ceremony.

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. 

Please include your ceremony date and venue when emailing us.


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