Marriage and civil partnerships

Small Marriage and Civil partnerships - Latest update around lockdown measures

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

From Monday 12 April - marriage and civil partnerships can take place with a legal limit of 15 attendees.

  • No earlier than 17 May - legal limit of 30 attendees

The number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue staff are not included. 

At Feltham Lodge, all ceremonies will take place in the Garden Room which is our largest room. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, our ceremony room, can only accommodate the couple, their two witnesses and two additional guests. This will not change until social distancing measures are updated or no longer in place.

If you have booked an approved venue for your ceremony, please check when they are planning to reopen.

Notices of marriage civil partnership

We are currently experiencing an huge demand on our service for appointments. Our telephone lines are extremely busy.

We would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience.

Please be aware any fresh notices are subject to the 28/70-day statutory waiting period and the statutory fee, however there is the facility where the notice period can be reduced in exceptional circumstances.

Couples subject to the referral scheme will need to be referred again if fresh notices are required.

All registrations will be by appointment only.

Feltham Lodge

All ceremonies will take place in the Garden Room which is the largest room at Feltham Lodge. Adhering to the distancing guidelines in our ceremony room, we can only accommodate the couple, their two witnesses and two additional guests.

Approved venues

Please check with your venue when they will reopen and the capacity they can accommodate.

Booking ceremony

If you have already postponed your ceremony and would like to reinstate/rebook it, please contact us by email as this will be the quickest way to reach us and for us to respond. Give your full names, place and date of original ceremony.

We will need to check your legal paperwork (if you had already given notice) to ensure it is still valid. Email us - registeroffice@hounslow.gov.uk

Ceremony content

Following government guidance, it is advised that the ceremonies and services should be concluded in the shortest reasonable time, and limited as far as reasonably possible to the parts of the marriage or civil partnership that are required in order to be legally binding under the law in England and Wales. This means that any readings, music, walking in or extended vows would not be included in the ceremony.  This is to minimise the risk of exposure for all individuals attending the marriage or civil partnership, including those who work at the venues.

Where exchanging of rings is required or desired for the solemnisation of the marriage or the formation of the civil partnership, hands should be washed before and after. The rings should be handled by as few people as possible.

Any certificates required would need to be ordered through the online ordering facility on our website. Certificates will be issued later and posted to the couple.

Ordering a marriage certificate

 

 

 

 

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