Marriages and Civil partnerships

If you wish to marry or form a civil partnership in Doncaster you may do so either by civil or religious ceremony.

Coronovirus information

New wedding bookings are only being taken for ceremonies taking place after 1st October.

From 4th July, existing bookings that have gone through the legal process are now able to go ahead with restrictions in place. Doncaster Registration Service are contacting couples with ceremonies booked up to 1st August to detail how this affects them. If we have not yet been in touch, please email us at Registrars@doncaster.gov.uk.

Couples with ceremonies booked after the 1st August should keep checking this page for further updates in the coming weeks.

Please be aware that since the announcement made by the Government on the 23rd June, we have been working hard to get things in place to safely be able to perform marriage ceremonies in Doncaster again. We will be able to perform ceremonies at Priory Place, the Civic Office and approved venues on your booked date, but there are some things that we need to make you aware of which will currently apply. 

Further Government information regarding restrictions and why these are in place can be found on Covid-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

Civic Office

Only the couple and 2 witnesses to attend at Civic Office marriages/civil partnerships and the party to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. It is imperative that your ceremony is able to start on time, any lateness may result in the ceremony having to be rescheduled.

We will be taking the temperature of people attending to ensure no signs of COVID exist – please be aware that we may need to postpone the ceremony to a later date if the couple joining in marriage or civil partnership or any key attendees have a raised temperature.

Priory Place

The Great Kitchen will be used for ceremonies so that we can ventilate the room by having to door to the courtyard open, however, the courtyard will not be available for photographs after the ceremony. 

To allow for 2m social distancing the room will only hold 10 guests (this includes children) in addition to the bride and groom. 1 photographer is permitted.

Seating is set out to allow 2m between guests, we kindly ask that chairs are not moved for households to sit together.

Great Kitchen at Priory Place prepared for a socially distanced wedding ceremony. The Great Kitchen at Priory Place prepared for a socially distanced wedding ceremony.

There is no reduction in ceremony fees based on the restrictions in guest numbers.

We will be taking the temperature of people attending to ensure no signs of COVID exist – please be aware that we may need to postpone the ceremony to a later date if the couple joining in marriage or civil partnership or any key attendees have a raised temperature.

Groom/party 1 to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the ceremony is due to start, and the bride/party 2, 5 minutes before. This is to avoid crossover of parties between ceremonies. It is imperative that your ceremony is able to start on time, any lateness may result in the ceremony having to be rescheduled.

There are vehicle access restrictions currently in the town centre, network management advise that the pedestrian zone is not being lifted for any traffic between 10.30am and 16.00pm. This means that all people including the couple attending ceremonies in priory place will have to park outside the zone and walk in, see our Car parking in Doncaster page.

Approved Premises

Seating is set out in the licensed room to allow 2m between guests which will determine the number of people allowed to attend - this will not be permitted to exceed 30 which includes children.

If your venue has an outside space that is licensed for marriages, it still cannot exceed 30 guests. Your venue will need to ensure that should the weather not allow for the ceremony to be outside, a sufficient sized licensed room is set up inside to allow 2m social distancing, again not exceeding 30.

Please note for all venues: The ceremony will be concluded in the shortest reasonable time, and will be limited as far as reasonably possible to the parts that are required in order to be legally binding.

If any of the party attending at your ceremony shows any symptoms of the virus in the 21 days after your ceremony, it is imperative that you let us know please at Registrars@doncaster.gov.uk.

We hope that these safety measures that have been put in place for your party and our team are understood, please be aware that they will not be changed for ceremonies in coming weeks. If you are wanting to have more guests at your ceremony, we will support you as much as we can in rearranging to a later date where restrictions may allow for this.

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Last updated: 08 July 2020 15:13:45