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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Plan your ceremony

Congratulations! You’re engaged.

When it comes to planning your big day, it can all seem quite overwhelming. 

Don’t panic! We are here to help make sure it is as straightforward, and as stress free as possible.

Whether you're planning a small intimate affair or a grand event, the information below will help make sure you’ve got everything covered.

  1. Where and When?
  2. Booking your Celebrant and Registrar
  3. Giving your Notice
  4. Let’s get personal

1. Where and When?

The first thing to do is decide where and when you would like your ceremony to take place.

East Sussex offers you the choice of over 90 licensed venues, including our four Register Offices located in Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes.

Castles, hotels, country estates, theatres, seaside retreats and more, you're sure to find your perfect venue here in East Sussex.

We offer ceremonies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (subject to availability) and take bookings up to 3 years in advance.

If your perfect venue or location is not licensed for marriages or civil partnerships, don't worry, take a look at  Ceremonies with a Difference and find out how we can help create your perfect day, at your perfect location.

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2. Booking your Celebrant and Registrar

Once you've decided where and when your ceremony will take place, contact our ceremonies team to book your Registrars.  

You will be provided with two Registrars. Your Celebrant Registrar will conduct your ceremony, and your Deputy Registrar will ensure all the legalities are fulfilled and register your marriage/civil partnership.

If your ceremony is taking place at one of our Register Offices, booking of the Registrars and venue will be done at the same time.

If your ceremony is taking place elsewhere you will need to arrange hire with the venue directly, and then contact us to book your Registrars. Fees for the use of the venue are set by the venue and must be paid directly to them. These are separate to the fees payable for the attendance of the Registrars. 

  • We will charge you at the current year’s price regardless of the date of your ceremony
  • Ceremony fees are set annually and are subject to change on the 1st April each year
  • Ceremony fees are payable in full at the time of booking, by debit or credit card
  • All fees can be found on our Fee Pages

To book your Registrars call us on 0345 60 80 198.

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3. Giving Notice

Giving Notice is a legal requirement that must be completed at least 28* days before your marriage/civil partnership can take place.

*The statutory waiting period may be extended to 70 days if you and/or your partner is a foreign national

Notice is given by appointment at your local Register Office, and will require you to provide certain identification documents to the Registrar.  

If you live in East Sussex (excluding Brighton) notice appointments will be arranged for a suitable date, and booked at the same time as your ceremony. 

For further information see our Giving Notice page.

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4. Let’s get Personal

You've chosen your venue; your Registrars are booked and your notice appointments are arranged. 

Now's the time to get personal. We want your day to be as special and memorable as possible. We encourage you to personalise your ceremony and include those all-important special additions. 

Ceremony packs and options forms will be emailed to you once you have given notice. Ceremony packs include information about the ceremony, what happens on the day, and the ways you can personalise your ceremony. Personal additions can be included on your ceremony options form, which we ask is completed around one month before your ceremony. 

5. Ceremony Extras

Don't forget your extras! Take a look at the commemorative products available for you to purchase. 

If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss complete our enquiry form or call the Ceremonies Hub on 0345 60 80 198


Arranging a ceremony will require you 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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