Weddings in Cumbria

Central government recently announced that the Registration Service can start to do appointments again, but only when it is safe to do so.

We are working very hard at the moment getting our offices ready and changing how we will work with our customers and communities.  Keeping you and our team safe is our top priority.

We are taking things step by step and as soon as we can, we will gradually start to take appointments and bookings again.

Some of the things we are going to do:

  • Screens at all reception desks and office desks to protect you and our team
  • Masks and gloves for staff  
  • Organising thorough cleaning of each office every day
  • Sourcing stocks of local cleaning materials so the team can clean between each customer appointment
  • Washing our hands more often and always between appointments
  • Hand sanitizer units in place in all offices for you and our team
  • New ways of working to reduce the time we spend with you to a minimum 
  • New ways of working to avoid handling cash wherever possible
  • Up to date signs with advice on how to stay safe in our buildings

We want to do all this but still give you the best customer experience possible.  The safety of you and our team is our top priority, and whilst we hope to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so, we thank you for your continued patience whilst we get everything in place.

Our telephone lines are busy so please visit this web page to keep up to date.

Specific service information:

Birth

Death or Still-birth

Notice of Intent for Marriage or Civil Partnership

Ceremonies

Certificates 

Corrections and Re-registrations

Ceremonies Update 24th June 2020

"‚Ķfrom 4 July, weddings and civil partnerships will be allowed to take place. You should only invite close friends and family, up to a maximum of 30 people. The wedding exception is for wedding ceremonies only. Large wedding receptions or parties should of course not be taking place. Wedding celebrations can only happen when people follow the guidance of six people outdoors, support bubbles, or two households indoors or outdoors. It is critical for these guidelines to be observed to keep you and your family and friends as safe as possible."  

Guidance - Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do after 4 July

Whilst this is a really positive step forward, we are currently waiting for further clarification and guidance from General Register Office on how to safely facilitate ceremonies for both customers and staff. We are expecting this in the next few days. 

We recognise that couples have a lot of questions and we are keen to provide responses to you with the correct information as soon as possible.  Once we are in receipt of the expected detailed guidance we will update you accordingly.  In terms of the guidance on wedding receptions, we strongly encourage you to contact your chosen venue to discuss this.

Thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Please note from 1st July we will be accepting new ceremony bookings for dates from 1st September 2020 onwards through to 2023.

We are contacting any couples due to marry in June to discuss the situation and are happy to discuss the options available to all our ceremony bookings. Please call us on 0300 303 2472 or email ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk.