Guide: Plan a civil partnership

Part 4 The ceremony

There is no need for you to be nervous or worried about the ceremony. Remember that the Superintendent Registrar is there to help and guide you through all you are required to say and do.

Once your guests are seated the Superintendent Registrar will say a few words of welcome and explanation and then lead you through the ceremony and your legal declarations.

Some of the content of a ceremony and the declarations and contractual words are prescribed by law and you will repeat these words after the Superintendent Registrar. As well as the legal declarations, a ceremony will contain other wording and will be adapted and personalised using the information you have provided on the ceremony preference form (see below, approved venues only). Please remember any additions to a ceremony may not contain any religious connections. Facilities for the playing of music should be checked with the venue management.

If you are having your ceremony in a registration office you can bring along your music on the day on a CD or iPod (with speakers). If you are bringing an iPod or other such device you will need to allocate a guest to operate it during the ceremony.

Should you have any difficulties with speech or language, please let us know in advance.

Ceremony preference forms

Once you have settled your final balance you will be be able to complete a ceremony preference form. Completion of this form will enable you to personalise your ceremony and make it even more special. Please do so no later than 2 weeks before your ceremony.

Please do not complete this ceremony preference form if you are getting married in:

Jury Room, A la Ronde Room, Clinton Room, Exmouth Town Hall, Mid Devon Registration Office, Hayridge Centre, South Hams Registration Office, Cary & Repton Room, Quay House, Dartmouth Guildhall, Flavel Centre, Watermark Centre, Devon Register Office, Torridge Registration Office, Taw Room, West Devon Registration, Tavistock Council Chamber, Okehampton Town Hall and Tavistock Town Hall.

See our Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies frequently asked questions for more information >