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Ceremonies

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Following the Government announcement of 22 September 2020

From 28 September in England all weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and any associated receptions will be restricted to 15 people.  It has been clarified that this maximum number includes all those attending, including the couple, witnesses and guests.  However anyone working, for example officiants, official photographers, security staff employed by the venue, third party suppliers or catering staff are not included.  This number may be further reduced to accommodate social distancing in specific ceremony rooms as per covid-19 risk assessments.  Please contact your venue or if marrying in one of our Registration Offices please contact 0300 003 4570 for further information.

A guide to legal formalities

Notice Of Marriage or Civil Partnership appointment

If you wish to book a Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership appointment at our Chippenham Timber Street, Salisbury Bourne Hill or Trowbridge, County Hall offices, please telephone 0300 003 4570.  Your payment of the notice fee  is £35.00 per person, payable at the time of booking your appointment with the Registrar..

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Our Ceremony rooms are simply stunning

Ceremony at your local Registration Office - due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements attendance is limited in each of our ceremony rooms.  Please contact us on 0300 003 4570 for further information.

All Wiltshire Council sites are now smoke-free, both inside and outside the buildings.

This ceremony has been put together by our professional, caring and dedicated Ceremonies Team and it includes vows, promises, music and readings.

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Ceremony at an Approved Venue

This ceremony includes vows, promises, music and readings as well as more freedom and choice to make it unique and personal to you.

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Combination Ceremony - due to COVID-19 currently unavailable

Do you have your heart set on a venue for your ceremony only to find out that it isn't licensed for marriages?

Would you like to hold your ceremony in a family garden or in a marquee?

Combining a small legal ceremony with a second ceremony, personalised to your own specifications and wishes, at the venue you have booked. Both can be conducted on the same day but must be conducted within 28 days of each other. Where possible, the same registrar will attend both of your celebrations.

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Civil Partnership

The law in this country enables same sex couples to choose between entering into marriage or forming a civil partnership. If you have decided you would prefer a civil partnership our registration team will be happy to work with you to create a unique and individual ceremony to make your day very special. 

You can choose to form your partnership at a Registration Office or Approved Venue. You may also wish to consider our Combination Ceremony.

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Conversion of a Civil Partnership to Marriage

You can simply book an appointment to attend our Chippenham, Salisbury or Trowbridge Registration offices and complete the conversion paperwork.

Then if you choose:

We can complete your conversion process with a celebratory ceremony for you, your family and friends at a Registration Office or venue of your choice.

Conversion of a Civil Partnership to marriage is now available for same sex couples who formed a civil partnership in England and Wales from December 2005 onwards

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Celebration of Marriage - currently unavailable

Who can have one? 

  • Couples that have already legally married or registered their civil partnership,we just need you to provide us with a copy of your marriage certificate.
  • It's a great way to commemorate a special anniversary by renewing your vows
  • If you married abroad or quietly in this country you may want to celebrate your union in the presence of wider family and friends
  • If you are converting a civil partnership to marriage and want to share the moment with those who are important to you
  • Celebrate your renewed commitment to each other

Let us create a individual and exclusive ceremony for you where you will have the opportunity to declare your love and commitment to each other again in a venue of your choice.

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Welcoming Ceremony - currently unavailable

  • A Welcoming or Naming ceremony provides a unique opportunity to make promises to guide, nurture and protect your child
  • It can include promises from specially chosen adults to show how much this child means to them and to offer you their support in your child's future 
  • We can provide a personal, relaxed and happy ceremony, tailored to your wishes, which can be held wherever and whenever you choose 
  • Children of any age can have a Welcoming Ceremony and if you have more than one child they can all take part in the same ceremony 
  • This could also be combined with other ceremonies

What could be more special than welcoming a child into a family? Whether a new baby or an older child, this is a time to celebrate.

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Online ceremony arrangements planner

Once you have booked your marriage ceremony with us, you can use our online planner to keep on track with your ceremony. You will be able see what stage you are at, when your marriage authorities are ready and when payment needs to be made. You will also be able to tell us about your ideas and preferences for your ceremony, and use the facility to write your personalised ceremony yourselves.

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Frequently asked questions

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the ceremonies team, however you may find the answers you are looking for on our frequently asked questions page.

Did you know...

A ceremony conducted by an independent celebrant is not a legally recognised marriage in this country.

We can offer beautiful ceremony rooms located within our main registrations offices throughout the county.  Currently due to COVID-19 social distancing has impacted on capacity in each of these rooms.

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