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Arranging your Ceremony

Ceremonies held under COVID 19 guidelines

The government has now issued guidance to assist people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England and under the guideline’s ceremonies will resume in Newcastle on 4 July 2020.

Couples with a ceremony booking should read the guidance carefully and in full as it may help them decide if they want to proceed or to make alternative arrangements.

In addition the government announced on 31 July 2020 that all guests attending a ceremony at an approved venue or Register Office are required to wear a face covering.  Brides, grooms, or civil partners do not need to wear a face covering.

The implications for ceremonies to be held in Newcastle Register Office or in The Leazes Room at Newcastle Civic Centre are as follows:

  • The number of people attending a Register Office ceremony will be limited to 4 – this is to include the couple plus two witnesses.
  • The number of people attending a Leazes Room ceremony will be limited to 10 – this is to include the couple, 2 witnesses plus up to 6 others.
  • In order to keep the ceremony as short as possible it will be limited to the statutory declarations that are required in order for the marriage or civil partnership to be legally binding.
  • In order to reduce the length of the ceremony the following will not be allowed:
    • Readings
    • Music
    • The exchanging of rings
    • Photographs inside the Civic Centre

Couples who are having their ceremony at an approved premise should contact their venue to confirm that their ceremony is going ahead.

Couples who do not want to proceed under the circumstances should contact the Register Office to discuss their options.  Please phone 0191 2787878 and ask for Registrars or email registrars@newcastle.gov.uk.

 

New ceremony bookings

We are not taking any new ceremony bookings for August but couples wishing to book a ceremony between 1 September 2020 and the end of March 2021 can now do so.

If you are interested in booking a ceremony to take place from April 2021 onwards please email your preferred date and time, the name of your venue and your contact details to registrars@newcastle.gov.uk and we will be in touch. 

We are currently working our way through the requests we have on file so if you have already contacted us about booking a ceremony we will be in touch in due course.

 

If you are an EU or EEA National planning to marry this year, please read this information.

 

Arranging Your Ceremony

The first thing you need to do is decide what type of ceremony you would like.  This could be in the Register Office, The Leazes Room, or at one of our approved venues around the city. These ceremonies can be booked up to 2 years in advance.

You may also choose to hold your ceremony at a place of worship,  or you might want to get married abroad.

 

Register Office and Leazes Room

To book a ceremony in The Register Office or in The Leazes Room please  contact the Register Office.

Approved Venues

Provisionally book your ceremony with the approved venue  and then contact the Register Office to confirm the availability of a Registrar.

Religious Ceremonies

Information about arranging a religious ceremony can be found at gov.uk.

Getting Married Abroad

Information about the documents you might need to arrange a marriage or civil partnership ceremony abroad can be found at gov.uk.

 

Please be aware that all of our ceremony bookings require the payment of a booking fee at the time of booking.  A deposit is also required for the Leazes Room and approved venue bookings.  This will guarantee your chosen date and time subject to our Terms and Conditions of booking .

Giving Notice of Intention to Marry or Form a Civil Partnership

Giving notice of intention involves attending an appointment at a Register Office. You must do this before you are able to be legally married in the UK. Before you book an appointment, you will need to know where the ceremony will take place and be able to confirm that you are both legally free to get married or to form a civil partnership.

Details of when and where to give notice and the documents you will need to provide can be found on our Giving Notice page.

 

Payment

You will be asked to pay the final balance for your ceremony at least 16 weeks prior to the date it will take place.  The cost of your ceremony depends upon the choice of venue and the day of the week the ceremony will take place.

Details can be found on our fees page .

 

Ceremony Choices

During the ceremony you will have to make two sets of legal declarations at a minimum. However, once you have made your final payment we will send you some information on your ceremony options which will allow you to personalise the remainder of your ceremony.  These forms should be returned to the Register Office before your ceremony so that a script can be prepared for the Registrar to use on the day.

We will also send you some hints and tips to help your day run smoothly.

 

Marriages Involving EU or EEA Nationals

In order to marry in England or Wales a Registrar must attest a notice of marriage. The General Register Office has advised that there is no intention to make any changes to the existing scheme on or immediately after the UK has left the EU. The longer-term position remains unclear, but EU and EEA citizens seeking to marry in 2019 and early next year can be reassured that their marriage will not be affected by changes.

 

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