Our registrars will welcome you and your guests, and begin the ceremony. The whole ceremony will need to be legally conducted by one of our registrars, though a friend or family member can read poems/readings.
You can have full personalisation of the ceremony (within legal parameters), with a choice of four ceremony scripts (or the option to write your own), up to three readings, personal vows, music and ring words.
Please click on the links below to see the ceremony scripts we use depending on the type of ceremony you have chosen:
If you are interested in writing a personalised ceremony, please see the links below to see the order and structure of a ceremony for you to use as a template:
Please note that the ceremony must contain the legal parts of the ceremony (the wording in bold in our ceremony scripts), and the wording must not be from a religious ceremony, religious texts, or contain religious messages.
We reserve the right to ask you to change the script if we feel it is not suitable for a civil ceremony.
The words you say do not need to be memorised as you will repeat them, a few at a time, after the registrar.
As civil partnership law is different from marriage law, there are no legal words you need to say, so if you would prefer to simply sign the paperwork with your witnesses you can.
The ceremony with no added personalisation takes around 20 minutes to complete, including the signing of the paperwork. If you are adding readings or personal vows, please allow 30-40 minutes for your ceremony.
We book our ceremonies with enough time before the next ceremony so that the couple can be interviewed, guests brought in, the ceremony conducted, the paperwork completed and some photographs to be taken, and the room cleaned and prepared for the next ceremony without couples feeling rushed.
Having said that, please note that while we may book ceremonies which start at, for example, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, each couple should not expect sole use of the room for an hour until the next slot, due to the interviews, guest entrances and cleaning that needs to take place. All our booking costs include use of the room for the ceremony, the registrars’ attendance and one copy of the certificate, but we don’t book ceremonies for a particular period of time; we book for a ceremony start time