Marriages, civil partnerships and celebratory services

Useful marriage / civil partnership information

Welcome to Your Ceremony in Central Bedfordshire and the Borough of Bedford (link opens in new window).

This essential guide helps you plan your celebration and make your day a special one.

Inside you will find information relating to the legal formalities required prior to your marriage or civil partnership registration, plus details of celebratory services.

You will also find details of premises licensed to hold civil marriages / partnership registrations in the District of Central Bedfordshire, plus the Service's own approved premises.

Organising your day

Here are some ideas for you to consider. You may wish to include music in your ceremony, which can be played at appropriate moments during the ceremony such as while the guests are arriving or during the signing of the register / schedule.

For couples marrying, there are certain words prescribed by law (the contracting and declaratory words) which you must say. For couples wanting a civil partnership registration there is no requirement for you to make contracting or declaratory words but there is a choice of words that you may wish to say.

The Registrar will talk to you about the choices available to you when you give notice and will be pleased to discuss with you any additional vows you may like to make to each other.

To make your life easier, we have produced a Wedding and Civil Partnerships information pack (PDF 308.1KB) which explains this all in more detail.

Ceremony checklist

Please return your checklist to us at least 2 weeks before your ceremony.

This can either be emailed to: life.events@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or posted/hand-delivered to the following address:

Central Bedfordshire Register Office
The Court House
Woburn Street
Ampthill
MK45 2HX

With regard to your music, please place your CD in a sealed envelope, clearly stating your names and when you are to be married and the track order. Pop this in to the office letter box where you are to be married; a registration officer will check the music on our music system and call you back if there is a problem.

If you have a query regarding your checklist and need to speak to someone, please call 0300 300 8089.

Readings

We have a selection of readings (PDF 313.2KB) which you can choose from. Alternatively, you can supply your own reading.

Getting married abroad

You will almost certainly be required to provide certain documents and in some instances a certificate of no impediment that is available from the Register Office. Your travel agent will be able to assist you in the first instance.

Back to the top