Please see the usual order and structure of the conversion ceremony below, which you can use as a starting point to write your own personalised ceremony.

Please note that, unlike a first marriage ceremony, a conversion ceremony has no legal words that must be said, so you can amend, add or leave out any elements that you wish.

The only exceptions to this are:

  • The declaratory vows- you can choose to include these vows, write your own, or leave them out, but if you include the vows below, the wording cannot be amended
  • A conversion ceremony cannot contain the legal marriage vows ‘I take you to be my husband/wife’ but can contain personal vows to each other that do not use this wording


Entrance of Partner 1/ Partner 2/ couple

Welcome from the registrar to couple and guests

Wording about the meaning of marriage/ personal details about the couple


Declaratory vows (to be said by both – these words cannot be amended if you choose to include them, but you are able to write your own vows if you prefer):

I do solemnly and sincerely declare that we are in a civil partnership with each other and I know of no legal reason why we may not convert our civil partnership into a marriage.  I understand that on signing this document we will be converting our civil partnership into a marriage and you will thereby become my lawful wife/husband.




  • Registrar’s words about the meaning of rings
  • Ring words repeated by both partners as they exchange rings



Registrar’s concluding words and pronouncing the couple to now be husband/wife and husband/wife.


[COUPLE DECLARED AS THEY WISH- i.e. John and Jane or Mr and Mr Smith]

Exit of the couple and guests