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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Plan your ceremony

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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 stress free as possible.

Whether you're planning a small intimate affair or a grand event, our  guide below along with our Ceremony Checklist 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.

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

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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. To check availability, complete our online enquiry form and one of our team will get back to you. 

Ceremonies in East Sussex will provide you with two Registrars.

One will be your Celebrant and lead you through your ceremony, and the other will ensure all the legalities are fulfilled and register your marriage or civil partnership.

If your ceremony is taking place at one of our Register Offices then 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.

Ceremony fees are payable in full at the time of booking, and includes a £100 non-refundable booking fee.

Your booking will be charged at the current year’s price regardless of the date of your ceremony (up to 3 years in advance). Ceremony fees are set annually and are subject to change on the 1st April each year.

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

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3. Giving Notice

Prior to your marriage or civil partnership taking place you and your partner must first register your intention to do so; this is called Giving Notice. This is a legal requirement that must be completed before your marriage or civil partnership ceremony can take place.  

Giving Notice means declaring you are free to marry or form a civil partnership, and requires you to attend a face to face appointment at your local register office. Where you must provide certain documents to prove your name, age and nationality. 

Each of you must Give Notice at least 28 days before your ceremony (This could be more for Non-EEA or Swiss Nationals).

For further information see our Giving Notice page.

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4. Let’s get Personal

You've chosen your venue, you've booked your Registrars and your Notice appointment is booked.

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

To get you started take a look at the ways you can Personalise your Ceremony. 

For inspiration check out the Supplier Directory which features some fantastic local suppliers, and start creating your ceremony team now.

Ceremony Extras

Why not add a little something extra, take a look at the commemorative products available for you to purchase. 

If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss contact us on 0345 60 80 198 or complete our enquiry form.

Privacy Notice

To arrange a ceremony you will need 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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