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

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.

      • From 19th July, although the Government have announced no restrictions on attendee numbers and personal responsibility to be taken with regards to social distancing and face coverings. we kindly ask that guests continue to wear face coverings. This is based on feedback from our customers and colleagues and is aimed to keep everyone as safe as possible as positive case continue to rise.
      • From 29th November 2021, as advised by Government, it is compulsory to wear a face covering in a crowded public area. It is therefore compulsory for your guests to wear face coverings when entering the building and throughout the ceremony.
      • This means that at Priory Place we will only be allowing a maximum  of 30 attendees including the couple and children of any age. We will be asking guests to wear face coverings unless they are exempt as is the request of all visitors to DMBC public sites. Face coverings do not need to be worn by the couple, or any escorts as they come down the aisle. The number of guests will not be reviewed before the 31st March 2022 and will remain at 30 or could be lowered if further restrictions are imposed.
      • Approved venues will need to  follow their own risk assessment which may mean guests numbers are restricted and may also request that face coverings be worn.
      • The continued availability of staff to perform marriages is our ultimate aim, so keeping everyone safe is key.
      • Standard Civic Office ceremonies remain at the couple and 2 witnesses only.

       

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

 

Legislative Change 4th May 2021

From 4th May 2021, following a significant change in legislation the traditional marriage register will be abolished.

All couples marrying at any venue in England and Wales from the date of commencement of this new legislation will be required to sign the Marriage Schedule. The General Register Office for England and Wales have prepared the following information for couples;

Marriage Schedule Guidance Leaflet
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Venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships

Priory Place, DN1 1AA

  • The Great Kitchen with access to the courtyard will be used for all premium ceremonies on a Thurs, Fri and Sat.
  • The Priory Suite with no access to the courtyard will be used for standard plus ceremonies on a Tuesday.
  • Please also be aware that face coverings are to be worn by all parties as they enter any DMBC public building and we kindly request these are worn by guests throughout the ceremony.  
  • 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 20 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. 
  • At premium ceremonies, you can use the courtyard for photographs for 10 mins after your ceremony for photographs.
  • There is no reduction in ceremony fees based on the restrictions in guest numbers.
  • Only Bio-degradable confetti is allowed in the Great Kitchen courtyard
  • Please be aware that decorating works will be taking place on the staircase at Priory Place between 7th Feb and 4th March 2022  -  the ceremony room will not be affected so there will be no disruption to your ceremony

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.
  • If your venue has an outside space licensed or not, this area can be used for ceremonies from 1st July 2021. 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
  • There is no reduction in ceremony fees based on the restrictions in guest numbers.

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Last updated: 29 November 2021 15:01:03