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Ceremonies in East Sussex

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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


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 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.  

You will be provided with two Registrars. The first, your Celebrant will conduct and lead you through your ceremony. While the second will ensure all 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 owners of the venue and must be paid directly to them. These are separate to 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.

*This statutory waiting period may be extended if you and/or your partner are a non-EEA or Swiss national

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

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 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. 

To get you started take a look at some of the ways in which you can Personalise your Ceremony.

For inspiration check out the fantastic local suppliers listed on our online Supplier Directory

Ceremony Extras

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

Arranging a ceremony you 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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