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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Personalising your Day (Ceremony Options Form)

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


To make your ceremony that bit more personal, you may wish to include your own additions. Look below at the ways in which you can personalise your ceremony.  

If you would like to include any of the below in your ceremony, please include details on your Ceremony Options Form. Where possible Options Forms should be submitted to the Ceremonies Hub at least one month before your ceremony.

A link to the Ceremony Options Form can be found below. 

                      love songs cassette tape     ring boxes     love balloons


Music is usually played at your arrival, during the signing of the schedule and at the end of the ceremony.

Recorded music must be supplied by you. We ask that you choose one of your guests to operate the music system during the ceremony (the registrar will indicate when to play music). CD, Bluetooth, AUX and docking ability are available at Eastbourne Town Hall. If you are having live music, then please note musicians will count towards the number of people able to attend as per the room capacity.


You can if you choose, include a reading or poem in your ceremony. This can be a nice way of including a specially chosen friend or family member. Your Celebrant Registrar will discuss the best place to include the reading during your pre-ceremony interview.

Personal Vows

Writing your own vows allows you the opportunity to make additional promises to one another. Should you wish to include these in your ceremony they will usually be said following the legal marriage vows, or the reading of the civil partnership declaration. 

Unlike a marriage there are no spoken vows that must be said during a civil partnership ceremony. Instead, each of you must read a declaration which you can read aloud if you choose. 

Special Arrangements

We will be happy to discuss any special arrangements you may have and will do everything we can to accommodate your wishes. 

Personal additions cannot contain any religious content and must be approved by the Ceremonies Hub prior to your ceremony.

When you are ready to complete to your Ceremony Options Form click here. 

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