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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Ceremonies in East Sussex - Covid-19 Update

Covid - 19 Update - 14 May 2020

Further to the publication of the Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy on Monday 11 May the General Register Office is in consultation with the Home Office and will shortly be issuing further guidance to Registration services. 

Until such time as this guidance is released, the information below in our statement dated 8 April 2020 still applies. Updates will be published here as soon as they are available. 

Covid-19 Update - 8 April 2020 

Further to this morning's news that the Government review of the measures currently in place against the spread of Covid-19 will be delayed, we can confirm the following. 

Postponement of Marriages, Civil Partnerships and other ceremonies 

All ceremonies in East Sussex will be postponed until at least 15 June 2020. 

This measure is effective immediately and is subject to ongoing review. Updates to this position will be posted as they become available.

Postponing your booking

Our team are actively contacting all couples and customers with bookings between now and 14 June 2020.

Our phone lines are currently very busy, however, if you have a ceremony booked on or after 15 June 2020 and you would like to postpone to a later date, please email us in the first instance at ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk, and one of our team will contact you to arrange this. Please include the following information in your email: 

  • Your full names 
  • The venue booked
  • The date of your current booking
  • The time of your current booking
  • Your preferred new date if you have one

Our ceremony amendment fee is being waived until further notice. 

If your ceremony is on or after 15 June 2020 and you do not wish to postpone, there is no need to contact us at this stage. If we require any further information from you we will contact you during our pre-ceremony checks as normal.

Do you need to Give Notice again?

If you have already given your notice of marriage or civil partnership, your authority to marry or form a civil partnership is valid for a period of 12 months from the date you gave notice. To date, there have not been any amendments to legislation allowing this authority to be extended beyond 12 months. 

If you postpone your marriage or civil partnership to a date more than 12 months after you gave notice, you will need to give notice again, and your notice(s) will be subject to a fee. All notices and authorities are venue specific, so if you have chosen to move your ceremony to another venue, you will also be required to give notice and pay the fee again.

Please note that our regulator, the General Register Office, has suspended all notice appointments until the current restrictions are lifted. We will need to bear this in mind when booking a new date for your ceremony.

The current fee for giving notice is £35 per person. This is a statutory fee set by the Government and we are therefore unable to waive the notice fee at this time.

Cancellation of your booking

If you would prefer to cancel your booking, please email ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk and we will advise you of the process. 

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