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Ceremonies in East Sussex

About Us

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


East Sussex is a shire county in the South East of England, with over 50 miles of iconic Sussex coastline, including the Sunshine Coast.

With the county town of Lewes in the west, East Sussex features the area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Weald in the rural north, historic fishing villages and coastal towns such as Eastbourne and Hastings to the south, and the ports of Rye and Newhaven to the east and west. The centre of the county hosts several former market towns, and Crowborough to the north borders on the Ashdown Forest. We are lucky enough to be the home of many buildings and towns of historical significance, such as Battle and Rye. We have many castles dotted around the county, several of which are amongst our venues licensed for weddings and ceremonies. To the south we have the instantly recognisable Seven Sisters, and the Seven Sisters Country Park surrounding them is part of the South Downs National Park.

Where possible we use East Sussex suppliers in line with the East Sussex County Council priority of driving sustainable economic growth.

Our team

Covering an area of almost 700 square miles, we conduct and register around 2,000 weddings, civil partnerships and other ceremonies each year with our team of over 70 Ceremonies Registrars.

We have Register Offices at:

Our Register Offices have a total of 10 ceremony rooms available year round for the celebration of marriages, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies and any other ceremony of your choosing.

Licensed Venues

We are fortunate to have over 90 venues across the county that are licensed for the celebration of civil marriages, civil partnerships and other occasions. These range from luxury country hotels to boutique coastal venues.

For more information go to Why East Sussex? or browse through our Directory of Licensed Venues.

If you would like to hold your wedding or celebration in a specific venue or location that is not licensed, see Weddings with a Difference to see how we can make this possible. 

Be Free to be You here in East Sussex and have a celebration that reflects you.

Ceremonies in East Sussex is part of East Sussex Registration, run by East Sussex County Council.

Privacy Notice

To arrange a ceremony you will need to share some personal information with us. Refer to our Privacy Notice for details about how and why we use your data.


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