Update on Council services

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Current restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England prior to 29 March. 

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

From 29 March - legal limit of 6 attendees but no long limited to 'exceptional circumstances'

No earlier than 12 April - 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.

The Register Office at Feltham Lodge remains open for prebooked appointments onlyDeaths will continued to be registered by telephone.

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.
  • Approved venues
  • Please check with your venue when they will reopen and on the capacity they can accommodate.

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.

Notices of marriage civil partnership

Notices of marriage/ civil partnership are by appointment only.
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.

 

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