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

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.

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

Face coverings

From the 8th August, 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. 

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. 

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. This is an increase from 10 guests and is effective from 8th Oct.

You are able to have 1 photographer in addition to the 15 attendees. However, if one of your guests is taking photographs for you, you are unable to have an additional person.

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.

 

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.

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 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 2m social distancing, again not exceeding 15.

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: 16 October 2020 16:13:34