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Ceremonies in East Sussex

What can we include in the ceremony?

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


This is likely to be one of the most memorable days of your life, so we want you to have a ceremony that reflects you.

Our professional and dedicated team of Celebrants are trained to the highest standard and will work with you to create your perfect day. They will provide you with a meaningful and memorable ceremony that you and your guests will treasure for many years to come.

We invite you to personalise your ceremony in any way you choose. Whether sticking to tradition or creating your own, your ceremony can be as formal or informal as you like.

To get you started, you may consider including some or all of the following:

  • Readings, poems, hymns, prayers
  • Hand-fasting
  • Exchange of rings and or gifts
  • Other rituals such as sand layering
  • Personal Vows
  • Music/songs

Or something else entirely, it really is up to you, the important thing is that you have it your way.

Whatever the perfect ceremony means to you we want to make it happen. Contact us now to discuss your ideas 0345 60 80 198.

Please note: a celebration ceremony is not a legal marriage or civil partnership ceremony, having a celebration ceremony will not result in you and your partner being married or having formed a civil partnership. A celebration ceremony allows you the freedom to choose where you hold your ceremony, and what you can include in the ceremony. For a marriage or civil partnership ceremony to be legal it must take place somewhere that has been licensed for marriages and civil partnerships and cannot contain anything religious. Celebration ceremonies can be combined with a legal ceremony if required.


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