Ceremonies from 19 July

From 19 July, the government has ended restrictions on Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies. Instead, we're encouraged to take greater personal responsibility.

Face coverings

Although face coverings are no longer mandatory, we still recommended their use in crowded spaces. Therefore, we politely request that all visitors to our building, including ceremony guests, continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt). The parties to the marriage/civil partnership do not need to wear a face covering, but may do so if they choose.

Our staff will continue wearing face coverings during ceremonies and in communal areas to help keep you and your guests safe.

We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and would encourage you to use it. We also recommend that you take a symptom-free test beforehand before attending a ceremony, though this isn't mandatory.

Ceremonies at the Register Office, 1 Time Square

If your ceremony is taking place in the ceremony room at 1 Time Square, we can now accommodate up to 80 guests. However, we recommend keeping the number of guests at your ceremony to a minimum where possible. Social distancing will not be possible if the ceremony room is at capacity. So, if you have a guest(s) attending your ceremony who needs to social distance, please call us in advance for further guidance. If your ceremony is taking place at an approved venue, please get in touch with them for further advice.

Although social distancing is no longer mandatory, we would ask that all guests stay a minimum of two metres away from registration service staff at all times.

It may be necessary to ask your ceremony guests to wait outside until the previous ceremony party has left to avoid overcrowding. So, please be prepared for inclement weather in case you do have to wait outside.

If you or anyone you have been in contact with has symptoms of coronavirus, you must not attend a ceremony.

This information is for guidance only and may be subject to change at any time and with very little notice.

Please visit the government's website for the latest advice.

More information

If you have any questions regarding your ceremony and the stages identified in the government's roadmap, please contact the register office in the district in which your ceremony is due to take place.

If your ceremony is taking place in Warrington, please email registrars@warrington.gov.uk or call 01925 442762.

Your marriage or civil partnership can't take place without registrars in attendance. There's an additional fee for the attendance of a registration team at an approved venue which is payable in addition to the fee charged by the venue itself.

Book a registrar to attend your ceremony at an approved premise.

As of 2 December 2019, couples in an opposite sex relationship will be able to form a civil partnership, just as same sex couples can do now.

For more information please visit gov.uk.