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Ceremonies in East Sussex


A marriage ceremony can be almost anything you want it to be. You can personalise it to make it special to you. So whatever day you have dreamed of we will do our very best to ensure that you have the celebration you've always wanted.

For a civil marriage ceremony to be legally recognised, you must have:

  • A venue licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships
  • Attendance of a Deputy Superintendent Registrar (the Celebrant) and Deputy Registrar (the Registrar) appointed by the local authority
  • An exchange of the legal declarations and vows
  • Two witnesses
  • No religious content
  • Completion of the marriage register

If your chosen venue is not licensed for marriages and civil partnerships please take a look at our Weddings with a Difference.

On the day

Once you have arrived at the venue for your marriage the Deputy Registrar will see you and your partner (together or separately) before the ceremony to check that the details to be entered into the register are correct.

These include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • The full names and occupation of your father

The Deputy Superintendent Registrar will be your Celebrant and lead you through your ceremony. They will have a quick chat with you to ensure that everything is just as you want it and calm any last minute nerves.

Please note you do NOT need to bring I.D. to your ceremony.


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