Other ceremonies

As a registration service, we offer different ceremonies for our customers.

A celebration of vows ceremony provides the opportunity for couples who are married or in a civil partnership to celebrate and renew their vows in a unique and personal way

For some, the opportunity to say “I love you” and “I do” all over again is reason enough to hold a celebration of vows ceremony.

For others, special anniversaries, such as 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th, are often a popular reason for such a ceremony. However, any significant date in your relationship can be celebrated in this way.

Some couples, enticed by sunnier climes and white sandy beaches, choose to marry or form a civil partnership abroad and then hold a celebration of vows ceremony in this country.

A celebration of vows also appeals to armed forces couples who have married just before one partner is posted overseas. On their return, they may want to have another celebration with lots of family and friends.

Although the law in this country currently prohibits marriage and civil partnership ceremonies taking place outside, a ceremony to celebrate vows is not subject to these laws; hold the whole ceremony on the lawn - weather permitting!

Every ceremony is unique and since it has no legal status we can work closely with each couple to create a fitting celebration.


A celebration of vows ceremonies can be held at any in any main register office or approved venue in Nottinghamshire.

Arranging a ceremony

Any couple in a marriage or civil partnership can arrange a celebration of vows ceremony. If you wish to hold your ceremony in Nottinghamshire, you don't have to be a resident here.

Each ceremony is unique to you: we will work closely with you in order to create a meaningful ceremony that is special for you and your family.

A ceremony is composed of a number of elements which allow you to create something personal and very special:

  • introduction and welcome
  • mention of any children/family members
  • readings of poetry or similar
  • choice of music
  • renewal of vows/making of promises
  • exchange of new rings or re-dedication of original rings
  • presentation of a certificate
  • closing words.

You do not have to include all of these elements in your ceremony, this is merely a suggested structure. You may also include a short religious reading if you wish.

For costs of ceremonies please see our fees page.

For further information download our Celebration of Vows Leaflet

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A naming day ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the birth of a child, to welcome adopted children or children from previous relationships and make them feel part of your family.

Whilst many people still hold strong beliefs and favour a formal religious welcome for their child, there is an increasing demand for alternatives. A naming ceremony is one such alternative.

This happy occasion is a unique opportunity for everyone to feel involved as they promise love and support for the new arrival and their parents.

Any parent, legal guardian or person with legal responsibility for the child/children may arrange a ceremony. Parents do not have to be married to do so. The ceremony has no legal status and cannot be used to change the name of a child.

Designing your ceremony

Each ceremony is tailored individually.

You will work closely with your celebrant choosing options available to create your own special ceremony which your family will remember and treasure in the years that follow, as your children grow.

Each ceremony is divided into sections giving you the chance to create something personal and very special:

  • introduction and welcome
  • naming of child/children
  • promises made by parents/guardians
  • promises made by grandparents/supporting adults
  • readings and music
  • signing and presentation of certificate
  • closing words.

You do not need to include all these elements. Your ceremony is designed to be flexible, to reflect your wishes and be as simple or as complex as you wish.

You will be presented with a commemorative certificate as a keepsake of your ceremony and you may wish to pay for extra certificates for grandparents and other guests.

Ceremonies can include religious references if you wish - for example readings.

For costs of ceremonies please see our fees page.

Please note: the ceremony has no legal status and may not be used to change a child's name.


Any of the main register offices in the county (Nottingham City is separate) can hold naming ceremonies. You can also hold ceremonies at any of the approved venues in Nottinghamshire.

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