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.

Costs

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

Fees for 2021
Monday to Thursday - £295
Friday/Saturday - £350
Sunday/Bank Holiday - £375

If the celebration is to be held in one of our ceremony suites including the Benefactors Room and Great Yarmouth Town Hall on a Friday or Saturday, there will be an additional room hire fee of £65 to be added. Any celebration taking place after 5pm will incur an additional charge of £50.

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 at an unlicensed venue (for example a local village hall) then a location and contact report may be required. The purpose for the report is to appraise the location for the ceremony and to have the opportunity to meet with you to run through a few things to assist on the day. The report will include what will happen on the day in case of bad weather (if the ceremony is to be held outside). There will be a fee for this report to be carried out. The 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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