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Ceremonies in East Sussex


Step 4 – from 19 July 2021:

  • Safety, and maintaining the level of public services we can offer are our priorities.
  • Registrars will wear a face covering.
  • We’re requiring all visitors to East Sussex County Council buildings, including our Register Offices, to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt).
  • We urge all people attending wedding ceremonies at which we officiate, in any venue, to continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt).

For the latest information about ceremonies during the Covid-19 pandemic see our Covid Update Page


marriage is a legally recognised union between two people a ceremony can be civil or religious.

For a civil marriage ceremony to be legal it must:

  • Take place at a Register Office or Licensed Venue 
  • Be facilitated by Registrars of the relevant district
  • Be in the presence of two witnesses  

A marriage is contracted by the exchange of two sets of spoken legal vows; the first when you declare that you are free to marry, and the second when you take each other as partners in marriage. 

Two Registrars will attend your marriage ceremony. The Celebrant Registrar will conduct your ceremony, and the Deputy Registrar who will deal with the legalities and paperwork.

Home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, fantastic local suppliers and over 90 spectacular venues to suit all tastes and budgets. East Sussex provides everything you need for the perfect marriage celebration. 

We will ensure that your wedding ceremony is both meaningful and memorable, for you and all your guests. We pride ourselves on the exceptional care and dedication we give to each couple and the ceremonies we deliver.

Ceremonies are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (subject to availability)Contact us now to check our availability.

To find out what to do when, see our Plan Your Ceremony page for further information.

Find a Venue > Plan Your Ceremony > Giving Notice - Legal Preliminaries > Marriage Fees > Booking a Registrar 

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