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Marriages And Civil Partnerships - Weddings

From Monday 28 September, up to 15 people, but no more, can attend a marriage or civil partnership - and only where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue.

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.

The guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships has been updated to reflect the changes and this includes a link to guidance on receptions. 

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.

In addition to the registrars:

  • The Register Office & Room 1837 – the couple plus 2 attendees - Fully booked for 2020
  • The Willows & the main hall in The Guildhall – the couple plus 13 attendees.

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.