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Marriages &
Civil Partnerships

Providing a legal ceremony that can be Traditional or Enhanced

Getting Married in Staffordshire

A marriage is formed by spoken vows performed in a ceremony witnessed by two people, followed by the signing of a marriage schedule. It is a legal contract between two people, within licensed premises. This can be a Registration Office, our County Buildings or an Approved Venue.  Your choice of ceremony can be included.  Entering into a marriage changes the legal status for both of you.

We offer you a choice of a traditional or enhanced ceremony. Alternatively, you may opt to have a statutory ceremony which limits some of your choices.

Civil Partnerships

A civil partnership is formed by you and your partner signing a civil partnership document witnessed by two people (signing only). It is a legal contract between two people, within licensed premises. This can be a Registration Office, our County Buildings or an Approved Venue.

If you wish, you may want to include a ceremony.  This will allow you to have more choice and more than two people present.  Registering a civil partnership changes the legal status for both of you.

Civil Partnerships

The Difference Between Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Your ceremony choices
Traditional Ceremony

Traditional Ceremony

Our traditional ceremony option, this is probably the type you will be familiar with if you have attended a ceremony previously.
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Enhanced Ceremony

Enhanced Ceremony

We understand that some may wish to add something a little bit different to their ceremony, including a keepsake of your special day. This also gives you the option to include your own readings, live music and more.
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Your ceremony, your way

Naturally you will have your own ideas for your ceremony which are very personal to you. So we work closely with you, within our legal boundaries, to ensure yours is just perfect.

With that in mind, we offer two ceremony packages for your special day, Traditional and Enhanced. The main difference is that the Enhanced Ceremony gives you more options to make your ceremony more personal – but no matter which you choose, your ceremony can have your choice of music, readings and promises (personal vows), providing there is no religious content.

Religious Venues

Religious Venues

If you wish to hold your ceremony in a religious building the law is slightly different.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships can take place in churches, but they have to be registered or licensed for this purpose. If you are planning to marry in a religious building, it’s advisable to speak with the church first. They will tell you if you have to ‘give notice’ at the Registration Office.

What next?

What next?

You need to reserve your venue first before checking the availability of the registration service. When you book with us, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable booking fee.

We also offer ceremonies within our County Buildings, with room hire available. If you book one of these a few years in advance, note that the ceremony fee may be subject to change.

If you are not sure about anything and would like to speak to the Ceremony Support Team, we’re always on hand to help. You will also find our wedding planner timeline useful to plan your ceremony – it covers everything you need to do and when.