Weddings and Ceremonies at Clifton Park Museum

We offer a range of options for those who choose to celebrate their special day at Clifton Park Museum. The venue is a beautifully restored Grade II* listed building surrounded by stunning park land.

The Enhanced and Premium ceremony options allow couples to tailor their ceremony in a way that is meaningful to them; this can be shared with up to 8 guests. These ceremonies can be booked up to two years in advance.

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 ceremony booking or have an enquiry about your existing booking please contact the Registration Service using the form below;

Make a ceremony enquiry

Once a booking is confirmed couples are given a ceremony pack, this includes useful information about the day and a special booklet, exclusive to Rotherham Registration Service, which explains the order of events and includes all the options for couples to create their ceremony.

COVID Safety Information

Whilst most restrictions have eased the infection rate locally and nationally remains at a high level. As such visitors to council premises for any purpose will still need to wear face coverings, follow one-way systems, comply with some remaining social distancing measures and check in to track and trace either manually by giving a name and number or by using a QR code.

Guests and the designated photographer are required to wear face coverings throughout the ceremony, with the maximum amount of guests that being present at the ceremony being 30 for a premium or an enhanced ceremony and 10 for a statutory ceremony. This number includes babies and children but does not include the photographer, the couple and the two legally required registrars.

If guests refuse to wear masks, the ceremony may be adapted in order to protect staff safety to ensure they are able to continue performing other ceremonies that are scheduled across the borough.

Due to the increased infection rate and concurrently the lack of fresh air flow in the licensed ceremony room and considering the volume of persons passing through it in any one day is the reason for some restrictions in the venue remaining in place.

We have a duty of care to all staff and public in attendance who may be anxious about the easing of restrictions given the high infection rate. The emphasis on ventilation contained in the national guidance for weddings is clear and is what helped inform this decision, the guidance can be found here Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

From 19th July, the key requirements for ensuring a COVID-19 safe ceremony are:

  • All those attending a ceremony should, out of courtesy to staff and other members of the public, undertake a Lateral Flow Test before attending. If the test is positive the person concerned should not attend but should instead seek a PCR test and isolate. It is your responsibility to make sure persons attending your ceremony are not asymptomatic.  Guidance on lateral flow testing is available here Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • All individuals involved in the ceremony should not attend the ceremony if they are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 and must keep to the current guidance.  If either of the couple have symptoms of COVID-19 the ceremony cannot take place.
  • The person escorting either of the couple into the room at the start of the ceremony can remove their mask for the entrance but must put back on when they reach their seat. The same applies for bridesmaids, flower girls and groomsmen who may be part of the entrance party.