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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. Take a look below at the ways in which you can personalise your ceremony. If you would like to include any personal additions please provide details on your Ceremony Options Form.

Personal additions must be approved by the Ceremonies Hub prior to your ceremony.




Music is usually played at your arrival, during the signing of your commemorative certificate and at the end of the ceremony. Music can be live or recorded. 

All of our Register Offices have CD, Bluetooth, AUX and docking ability. Recorded music must be supplied by you. We ask that you choose one of your guests to operate the music system during the ceremony (your Celebrant will indicate when to play the music).

If your ceremony is taking place at another venue, please liaise with them about who will be responsible for ensuring that your music is played at the right time. 

Exchange of Rings

You can choose to exchange rings, or a meaningful gift during your ceremony. This will usually be done while you say your personal promises or shortly afterwards. 


If you would like to include a reading or poem in your ceremony, this can be a nice way of including a specially chosen friend or family member. 

Personal Promises

Writing your own promises can be a lovely way of personalising your ceremony. However, we understand it may be hard to find the right words. If so there are a number of suggested promises that you can choose to say if you wish. You will find these listed on the Ceremony Options Form. 

Promises can be repeated after the Celebrant or if you prefer you can read them to one another. 

Special Arrangements

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

Please remember that under most circumstances a celebration ceremony is not subject to the same restrictions as a legal civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony and so can be tailored to suit you and include anything you want. 

You may, if you wish, include religious hymns and prayers, or other elements and rituals such as hand fasting or sand layering. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.


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