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On the Day


Ceremony Start Time

To ensure your ceremony starts on time please ask your guests to arrive around 15 to 20 minutes before your ceremony start time. 

If the ceremony is late starting, East Sussex Registration reserves the right to amend the ceremony to reduce its duration. We also reserve the right to defer the ceremony until later that day or cancel the ceremony to ensure delays do not have a detrimental effect on any ceremonies later that same day.

Your Celebrant Registrar

Your Celebrant Registrar will meet with you both directly before your ceremony to have a brief chat with you about the ceremony and check all the personal additions you'd like included.

If you'd prefer not to see each other before the ceremony the Celebrant Registrar will meet with you separately. 

Photos, Videos and Social Media

It is important to capture those special moments and we are happy for photos and videos to be taken throughout your ceremony. If you have an official photographer/videographer and would prefer the photo taking/recording be left to them let your registrar know during your pre-ceremony interview, and they will make your guests aware at the start of your ceremony. The same goes for social media; if you would rather your special day wasn’t shared online then your Celebrant Registrar will be happy to make your guests aware of your wishes.


Your ceremony will conclude with the presentation of a keepsake commemorative certificate. 


Where it is permitted, we encourage the use of Eco-friendly, biodegradable confetti (dried petals or rice paper). Please speak to your venue directly regarding their policy on the use of confetti. Confetti is not permitted inside any of our Register Offices or in the Southover Grange gardens. 


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