Celebration of vows

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

Use the online contact us form

We will enjoy planning your ceremony with you. Please phone 0300 500 80 80 for more information or to make an appointment.