Coronavirus (COVID-19) - wedding and civil partnership ceremonies

COVID-19 - important changes to Registration Services

Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.  You will be contacted with further information around your options. 

We are continuing to experience an extremely high volume of calls.  Can we therefore please ask that if you have an enquiry about your ceremony booking you do not call us and instead email us at ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk

We have set this email up to enable us to deal with ceremony enquiries more effectively.  A member of the team will endeavour to contact you about your enquiry as soon as possible.  Please note the emails will be prioritised in date order of current bookings. 

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.

    We are sure you will understand we are dealing with a huge amount of calls and emails.  Please be patient and only call if your ceremony was booked to take place in the next 7 days and you have not already rescheduled. Alternatively please email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.

    We can change dates and times without charging any additional fee and if you wish to cancel we will refund your ceremony and certificate fees. Please note the dates we can offer you will depend upon the expiry date of your marriage notices.

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.

    We are sure you will understand we are dealing with a huge amount of calls and emails.  Please be patient and only call if your ceremony was booked to take place in the next 7 days and you have not already rescheduled. Alternatively please email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.

    We can change dates and times without charging any additional fee and if you wish to cancel we will refund your ceremony and certificate fees. Please note the dates we can offer you will depend upon the expiry date of your marriage notices.

    Yes, for ceremonies taking place in the next 7 days please call us on 0300 303 2472 to discuss your options to re-arrange. If your ceremony is more than 7 days away please email us ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. Please note the amendment fee will be waived but the dates we can offer you will depend upon the expiry date of your marriage notices.

    All ceremonies are due for payment within 12 weeks of the ceremony date. If you are having difficulties please email us ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk to discuss your options. We will not be charging late payment fees in the current circumstances.

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice. 

    If your ceremony is due to take place in the next 12 weeks please call us on 0300 303 2472 for further advice or email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.

    Please contact us for advice on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.

    At this stage, there has been no change in legislation to allow the validity of the notice period to be extended. If you have already given your notice of marriage / civil partnership, your notice will be valid for a period of 12 months only from the date you gave notice.

    If you reschedule your marriage / civil partnership to more than 12 months after the date on which you originally gave notice, you will be required to give notice and pay the statutory notice fee again. If you have chosen to move your ceremony to another venue, you will also be required to give notice and pay the statutory notice fee again.

    The fee for giving notice is a government set statutory fee and we are therefore not able to waive the notice fee at this time.

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.

    Legally you must give notice of intent to marry or form a civil partnership at least 28 days prior to your ceremony, our policy is to give notice at least 10 months prior to the ceremony although during these unprecedented times we know this might not be possible. We would advise you to contact us 12 weeks prior to your ceremony on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk to check if a notice appointment can be made. 

    If you are able to pay your fees we would advise you to do so. If your ceremony is not able to go ahead we will issue you a refund of any ceremony or certificate fees or we will transfer them to a new booking for you. Please call us on 0300 303 2472.

    If you are struggling to pay your fees due to financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic please email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.

    Current Government advice is that ceremonies are not to take place until further notice. At this time, we cannot give a timeframe as to when these sanctions will be lifted. We are sorry for not being able to offer any clearer guidance but we are continually reviewing this in line with Government advice.

    We have not made a decision to cancel all ceremonies until October as we are awaiting the Prime Ministers announcement on 13 April before we make any further decisions about timescales. We will update our website on any change to our position after the announcement.

    Please note if you need to reschedule your ceremony and you do not have a valid notice we will not be able to reschedule you to a date earlier than 1 September 2020. This is because we cannot guarantee that you will be able to have a notice appointment at a register office in Cumbria or another district in adequate time for the ceremony. 

    If you do not know when your notice expires please email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk and we will be able to advise

    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice. 

    Please note if you need to reschedule your ceremony and you do not have a valid notice we will not be able to reschedule you to a date earlier than 1st September 2020. This is because we cannot guarantee that you will be able to have a notice appointment at a register office in Cumbria or another district in adequate time for the ceremony.

    If you do not know when your notice expires please email us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk and we will be able to advise.

    Current Government advice is that ceremonies are not to take place until further notice. At this time, we cannot give a timeframe as to when these sanctions will be lifted. We are sorry for not being able to offer any clearer guidance but we are continually reviewing this in line with Government advice.

    We would advise you to reschedule to a date later in the summer, however if you have valid marriage notices and you are aware of the risks we can reschedule to a date in June for you. If ceremonies are still not taking place in June we will reschedule again for you. 

    If you need to reschedule your ceremony and you do not have a valid notice we will not be able to reschedule you to a date earlier than 1 September 2020.

    Current Government advice is that ceremonies are not to take place until further notice. At this time, we cannot give a timeframe as to when these sanctions will be lifted. We are sorry for not being able to offer any clearer guidance but we are continually reviewing this in line with Government advice.

    If your ceremony is cancelled again we will offer to reschedule to a later date or refund all ceremony and certificate fees.

    Please note we may need to cancel your ceremony if you have not or cannot attended an appointment for your notices at least 28 days prior to the ceremony date.

    If you need to reschedule your ceremony and you do not have a valid notice we will not be able to reschedule you to a date earlier than 1 September 2020.


    Following the announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, ceremonies and notice appointments will NOT be taking place until further notice.

    If you are due to have a ceremony in the next 12 weeks and have not attended a notice appointment please call us on 0300 303 2472 to discuss your options.

    If your notices are still valid on your proposed new ceremony date then you do not need to complete residency again. If your notices will expire prior to your proposed new date then you will need to reschedule to a date after 1 September 2020 and you will need to complete residency again and give notice again. The fee for giving notice will apply.

    Due to the large number of emails and calls we are receiving we are directing all our resources to deal with our current bookings only. Should you wish to make a new ceremony booking we would advise you to get back in touch with us in September. Please check our website for any future updates to this advice.

    We are committed to helping you reschedule your ceremony to another date however if you would like to cancel your ceremony we are offering a full refund of any ceremony and certificate fees paid on all bookings cancelled due to Covid-19. Please contact us on ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.

    Please note booking fees and notice fees are non-refundable.