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Enhanced
Ceremonies

Something extra special

Something extra special

We understand that some may wish to add something a little bit different to their ceremony, including a keepsake of your special day. Our enhanced ceremonies give you the option to include your own readings, live music, and more.

What is included in an enhanced ceremony?

What is included in an enhanced ceremony?

Our enhanced ceremonies are available in Registration Offices and Approved Venues and provide you with a greater number of choices for your special day:

  • Option of recorded and/or live music
  • Your choice of music for the Seating of guests, Entrance, Signing and Exit
  • Option for giving away
  • Choice of legal declaratory words (Ceremony 1,2 or 3)
  • Choice of legal contracting words (Ceremony 1,2 or 3)
  • Option to add Promises (Selection from choices or personal)
  • Option to exchange rings and choice of ring vows or personalised ring vows
  • Up to two Readings
  • Option to include sand ceremony or joining of hands reading
  • Meeting with Registrar to discuss ceremony details (30 minutes)
  • Liaison with Registrar by email or phone
  • Option to have more than two witnesses

NB. Dogs as Ring Bearers and all other requests are subject to permission of the Superintendent Registrar and the venue.

For more information please email us on ceremonysupport@staffordshire.gov.uk, or to book, call us on 0300 111 8001.

Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremonies are becoming popular and can add modern twist to a traditional ceremony.  It can also be a wonderful way to show a visual representation of the joining of a couple or blending of families.

There will be three glass vessels in total.  Two of them will be the same size, and each of them will be filled with sand, (a different colour in each one) to represent each of you. There will also be a larger glass bottle and each of you will take it in turns to pour your sand into it.  This will form a beautiful design, created by the two of you.  This is a representation as two become one.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how it ends up looking, because this keepsake is unique to you and provides a sentimental memory of your special day.

  • We will provide the 3 vessels required for the ceremony
  • You will take home the larger vessel
  • We have 2 colours of sand
  • You can provide your own sand – 250g each required
  • We will guide you through the process

For more information please email us on ceremonysupport@staffordshire.gov.uk, or to book, call us on 0300 111 8001.

Sand Ceremony
Joining of Hands Ceremony

Joining of Hands Ceremony

Joining of Hands Ceremonies can provide a modern quirky addition to the traditional ceremony and becoming increasingly popular.  It shows the joining of two people by the holding of hands.

How you hold your hands is your choice, there is no right or wrong way.

You may wish for your hands to be ‘tied’ with ribbons or cords of your choice.  Each of you have your chosen material and we use these to place them over your hands.  We will then wrap them to create a loose knot, that the two of you will complete. The colours that you choose is completely up to you.

As we read your chosen promise you will each take hold of the ribbons or cords, pull them whilst releasing your hands.  This will create a knot.  Representing tying the knot.  This is a beautiful way of representing two becoming one.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how it ends up looking, because this keepsake is unique to you and provides a sentimental memory of your special day.

  • You will need to provide the ribbon/cord
  • A minimum of 2 pieces required
  • Please ensure your ribbon/cord is a minimum of 1 metre each
  • We will guide you through the process

For more information please email us at ceremonysupport@staffordshire.gov.uk, or to book, call us on 0300 111 8001.