Commitment ceremonies

Commitment ceremonies are intended for couples who wish to make a public declaration of life long commitment to each other.

If you are unable or choose not to have a legal marriage or civil partnership, then this could be the ceremony for you. It gives you an opportunity to celebrate an important relationship with family and friends in a non-religious ceremony and setting.

You can hold your ceremony at one of our nine registration offices, at a venue licensed by the County Council or at a place of your choosing.

If you are planning to hold your ceremony at an approved venue, you will also need to ensure your local registrars are available to conduct your ceremony. Do not pay a deposit until you have done this.

To discuss and plan your commitment ceremony contact our ceremony team on 01603 223777. You can leave a message on our voicemail service and we will respond within three working days.

When you have decided where and when you want to hold your ceremony, to make a booking, please complete a ceremony enquiry form.


Fees for 2018
Monday to Thursday - £275
Friday/Saturday - £300
Sunday/Bank Holiday - £350

Fees for 2019
Monday to Thursday - £295
Friday/Saturday - £350
Sunday/Bank Holiday - £375

Fees for 2020
Monday to Thursday - £295
Friday/Saturday - £350
Sunday/Bank Holiday - £375

All prices are inclusive of £100 deposit.

We will ask you to pay the balance of the fee eight weeks before your ceremony.

If you wish to hold this event at your home or in another location that is not licensed for ceremonies (for example your local village hall) a further fee will be charged to inspect the premises for safety. This fee is currently £35.

*There will be additional fees payable to the licensed venue.

Cancellations and amendments

To cancel or amend a ceremony booking, please complete our online form and a member of the team will be in contact with you shortly.

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