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Ceremony types

There are a number of venues to choose from and each ceremony type has different fees.

Enhanced ceremony

An enhanced ceremony can be held in any one of our registration office ceremony rooms, or at a licensed venue, from Monday to Sunda,y including Bank Holidays. The following options may be included:

  • Couple/civil partners may be escorted into the ceremony room and given away
  • Couple/civil partners may be attended by pageboys and/or bridesmaids
  • An elaborate ceremony with a wide choice of words
  • An opportunity to exchange additional vows with each other after the Statutory Declaratory and Contracting Words
  • The marriage/civil partnership may be sealed by giving/receiving/exchanging of rings
  • Unity symbols
  • Readings of non-religious poetry or prose, presented by yourselves, a member of your party or the registration officer.
  • Live non-religious music or CDs of your choice played before the ceremony, during the entry of the bride/civil partners, during the signing of the register or schedule and whilst the couple and guests exit the room.

The fee charged for your enhanced ceremony is due to be paid to the registration officer six weeks before your ceremony takes place. It is a separate payment from the fee for giving your Notice(s) of Marriage or the fee for your first certificate.

The fee for your ceremony does not include any charges made by a licensed venue for the use of their facilities, catering etc.

Standard ceremony

A standard statutory ceremony may be available in some of our registration office ceremony rooms during normal office opening hours from Tuesday to Thursday, plus Friday and Saturday mornings before noon.

  • Couple/civil partners may be escorted into the ceremony room (optional)
  • Couple/civil partners may be attended by pageboys and/or bridesmaids (optional)
  • A simple choice of words
  • Giving/receiving/exchanging of rings (optional)
  • Registration officers choice of music for entrance, signing of the register and exit
  • No choice of optional extras

The fee charged for your standard ceremony is due to be paid to the registration officer six weeks before your ceremony takes place. It is a separate payment from the fee for giving your Notice(s) of Marriage or the fee for your first certificate.

Legal ceremony

A basic legal statutory ceremony may be available in some of our registration office ceremony rooms during normal office opening hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays, early morning only (day and time restrictions apply).

  • Only the couple and two witnesses may attend
  • Statutory Declaratory and Contracting Words
  • Giving/receiving/exchanging of rings (optional)
  • No music or optional extras

The fee charged for a legal ceremony is due to be paid in cash to the registration officer on the ceremony day. It is a separate payment from the fee for giving your Notice(s) of Marriage or the fee for your first certificate.

For any queries about venues and ceremonies, call 01522 782244 or email regist@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 20 November 2017

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