Personalise your ceremony

You can personalise several parts of the ceremony by adding your own words, music and readings. We call this your ‘ceremony choices’.

Once you've completed the online form you’ll receive a full copy of your personal ceremony script, so you’ll know exactly how the ceremony will flow on your big day.

Before you get started

Before you begin completing the online form have a think about these things:

  • Who will be your witnesses?
  • Will either partner be given away and who will be giving them away?
  • Have you chosen your readings, and who will read them for you?
  • Did you want to write some of your own words? If you do, it's helpful if you have them written before beginning the form.
  • Will you be exchanging rings? If so, who will hold them for you?
  • You may find it useful to view a copy of the ceremony script, including the words said by the celebrant.

More about readings

Add readings to your ceremony to showcase your personality as a couple or include a passage from one of your favourite authors or poets.

Our celebrant would be happy to present any readings for you, or you could ask one of your guests - the choice is yours.

If you need inspiration, download our list of suggested readings.

More about music

We recommend you choose entrance music, a song or two for when the register is being signed and a final tune for your exit.

As this is a civil ceremony, we can't include religious music, such as hymns, but a song such as God only Knows by The Beach Boys would be fine. If your ceremony is taking place in one of our ceremony suites, like the Benefactors Room, then you must bring your own music with you.

Involving your pet in the celebrations

We're happy to celebrate with the furrier members of your family but you will need to confirm that your approved venue will allow animals.

If your ceremony is taking place in one of our ceremony suites, we have health and safety rules that mean only assistance animals or service dogs are allowed inside our buildings.

Send us your choices

Before you submit your ceremony choices, read through the preview page. If you spot an error or change your mind about any of the wording you can go back to previous sections and make amendments.

If you can't use the form for any reason, email ceremonyadmin@norfolk.gov.uk and ask us to send you a copy.

Ceremony choices online form

Changing your choices

If you've already completed the online choices form and you've changed your mind about a reading or a piece of music you need to let us know at least two weeks before your ceremony.

Download the choices amendment form

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