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What happens on the day?

How long does it last?

Civil marriage ceremonies normally last around 15 to 20 minutes.

Other ceremonies may be different, for example, baby naming

ceremonies or reaffirming your vows – check with our Registrars

who will be happy to advise.


We recommend that your guests arrive 15 minutes before the

ceremony is due to start.

Bridal Party

Parties may enter together. They should arrive approximately fifteen

minutes before the start of the ceremony – alternatively arrangements

will be made locally if you choose to arrive separately.

Please note that we cannot allocate time for the bride to be traditionally

late, as we have to consider arrangements for other marriage parties.


We make every effort to secure a parking space for the bridal car,

although parking cannot be guaranteed and some offices may not be

able to provide this facility.


Silk flowers are displayed in our ceremony rooms but if you would

prefer to arrange for fresh flowers, our Registrars will be happy to

discuss this with you when finalise your arrangements.


A limited choice of music is available but please feel free to discuss

playing your own special pieces of music with the Registrar.


It is possible to have a short piece of poetry read at your ceremony –

please ask your Registrar.

Your ceremony will include the legal requirements but you can add your

own personal touches for example Hand Fasting, Unity Candle and

Quaich Ceremony. More information can be found on our dedicated


– your Registrar will also be

happy to discuss this with you.

‘‘There are a lot of options open to couples these days but we knew that we wanted a nice,

simple, civil ceremony. The registrar was so friendly, flexible and helpful and we were able to

tailor the proceedings to what we wanted - short and sweet with a reading at the beginning.

When the sun came out and we were able to get married outside it was absolutely perfect!’’