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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Statutory Marriage Registration

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


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

0345 60 80 198

Your Statutory Marriage Ceremony

Your statutory marriage registration will take place at Crowborough Register Office, Hookstead, in a small office. This space is suitable for a basic marriage ceremony in the presence of your two witnesses and two Registrars. You must provide your own witnesses, East Sussex Registration are unable to provide witnesses for you. It is not possible to personalise these ceremonies or to bring extra guests, including children. 

You and your partner will meet with the Registrars at Crowborough Register Office 15 minutes before your ceremony to complete a pre-ceremony interview. The purpose of this interview is to check that the details on your marriage schedule are correct. 

Your witnesses will be permitted entry to the Register Office 5 minutes before the start of your ceremony. 

Please ensure you arrive on time. Late arrival may mean having to re-book your ceremony for another date.

Marriage Vows

Each of you will be required to say two sets of legal vows, which you will repeat after the Registrar. The first declaring that you are free to marry and the second when you take each other as partners in your marriage. 

The Declaratory Vows

"I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I ________ may not be joined in matrimony to ________."

The Contracting Vows

"I call upon these persons here present to witness that I ________ do take thee ________ to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband."

Once you have said your legal vows you will both be invited to sign the Marriage Schedule, followed by your two witnesses and the Registrars.

The ceremony ends with the Registrar formally declaring you as legally married. 


Legal marriage certificates are unable to be issued on the day of your ceremony. Any certificates ordered before your ceremony will be posted to you within the two weeks following your ceremony. If you have ordered a commemorative certificate, this will be presented to you during your ceremony, once you have signed the marriage schedule. 

If you require additional certificates and your ceremony has not yet taken place please call the Ceremonies Hub on 0345 60 80 198.

If you are already married, you can order certificates online by visiting the East Sussex County Council website. 

Disabled Access

Hookstead is a fully accessible site. All offices and toilets are situated on the ground floor.


There is a private car park on site which provides free parking. Parking is on a first come first served basis, spaces are unable to be reserved. 


Privacy Notice

To arrange a civil partnership 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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