Weddings and Ceremonies at Approved Premises

Currently, since the publication of the COVID-19 RESPONSE − SPRING 2021(publishing.service.gov.uk) roadmap, ceremonies with up to limited numbers of people in attendance are permitted to go ahead with restrictions easing in line with roadmap steps – subject to the four tests being met as detailed within the roadmap.

Each step confirms the maximum number of persons present at each step but it is important to remember that the number of guests that can attend a ceremony at any venue is determined by two-metre distancing capabilities and government guidance on small ceremonies and associated venue risk assessment. The maximum number of persons does include the couple, two witnesses and all guests inclusive of babies and children. Read the government guidance on weddings here.

Face coverings are required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings including register offices and approved premises for civil ceremonies. Read the guidance on face coverings 

The content of the ceremony is reduced and as such no readings are permitted within the ceremony at present. Limited photography and some live music are permitted. Please discuss any live music requests with the Registration Team prior to your ceremony.

Legislative Change

From 4th May, following a significant change in legislation the traditional marriage register will be abolished. All couples marrying at any venue in England and Wales from the date of commencement of this new legislation will be required to sign the Marriage Schedule. The General Register Office for England and Wales have prepared the following information for couples;

Marriage in a Civil or Religious Building (other than Church of England/Wales) - General Register Office

If you would like to make a new ceremony booking or have an enquiry regarding an existing booking for a ceremony, please contact the Registration Service using the contact form below with your names, time and date of your ceremony booking and the name of the venue.

Make a Ceremony Enquiry

Below is a list of venues in Rotherham where civil marriage and civil partnerships can take place

The following information confirms Registrar’s attendance fees to conduct and register your marriage, civil partnership or other celebratory ceremony;

See Registrars attendance fees

COVID Spring 2021 Ceremonies Roadmap Information

From 12th April, the maximum number in attendance for a ceremony will be raised to 15. However. numbers in attendance are subject to each venue’s local risk assessment as adherence to social distancing of two metres is still expected to be required therefore the maximum number permitted will depend on the size of their licensed room for civil ceremonies with the maximum number being set out in the risk assessment. These 15 people includes the couple and thirteen guests – two of which must be the legally required witnesses to the marriage and all children and infants but does not include anyone working such as the registrars, venue staff and no more than one photographer.

From 17th May, subject to the four tests being met as detailed in the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 roadmap, the maximum number in attendance for a ceremony will be raised to 30. However. numbers in attendance are subject to each venue’s local risk assessment as adherence to social distancing of two metres is still expected to be required therefore the maximum number permitted will depend on the size of their licensed room for civil ceremonies with the maximum number being set out in the risk assessment. These 30 people includes the couple and thirteen guests – two of which must be the legally required witnesses to the marriage and all children and infants but does not include anyone working such as the registrars, venue staff and no more than one photographer.

From the 21st June it is expected that the majority of restrictions will be lifted and, once further publication surrounding the detail is issued by the General Register Office in conjunction with Central Government, the details on this webpage will be updated and couples with ceremonies following the 21st June will be advised accordingly.