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.

Coronavirus information

During the current national lock down which commenced 5th Jan 2021, marriages and civil partnerships are not permitted to go ahead unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are if one of the party joining in marriage or civil partnership or an immediate family member is terminally ill. 

Following the Governments announcement on 22nd February 2021, we can advise that marriages/civil partnerships in Doncaster are able to resume from 29th March when the legal steps required prior to a ceremony have been completed.

Restrictions on guest attendees are as follows, but please be aware that they are subject to change depending on the outcome of Government reviews:

  • From 29th March to 11th April - weddings can go ahead with 6 people (couple plus 4 guests)
  • No earlier than the 12th April to 16th May - weddings can go ahead with 15 people (couple plus 13 guests)
  • No earlier than the 17th May to 20th June - weddings can go ahead with 30 people (couple plus 28 guests)
  • Standard Civic Office ceremonies will still only be 2 plus 2 and able to go ahead from 31st March.
  • From 21st June, no restrictions on attendee numbers

Further Government information regarding marriage during the pandemic can be found at Covid-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships  

From the 8th August 2020, face coverings will be required in places of worship. This applies to guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies including those taking place in register offices or other approved venues. Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners during the ceremony itself. 

Venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships

Priory Place

  • During the pandemic, the Great Kitchen will be used for ceremonies. 
  • In line with new Government legislation effective from 28th Sept 2020, we are now allowing 15 attendees at ceremonies at Priory Place; this includes children (irrespective of age) and includes the couple having their marriage or civil partnership. 
  • Seating is set out to allow at least 1m between guests, we kindly ask that chairs not be moved for households to sit together. 
  • Please also be aware that face coverings are to be worn by all parties as they enter the building and by guests throughout the ceremony. This is now a legal requirement unless you are exempt. 
  • 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 is no reduction in ceremony fees based on the restrictions in guest numbers.

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.

Civic Office

  • Only the couple and 2 witnesses to attend at Civic Office marriages/civil partnerships.
  • 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.

Approved Premises

  • Seating is set out in the licensed room to allow at least 1m between guests which will determine the number of people allowed to attend - this will not be permitted to exceed 15 which includes children. 
  • If your venue has an outside space that is licensed for marriages, it still cannot exceed 15 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 at least 1m social distancing, again not exceeding 15. 
  • There is no reduction in ceremony fees based on the restrictions in guest numbers.

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Last updated: 25 February 2021 15:34:59