Types of ceremony at a glance

The information below sets out the various ceremony options available. This table along with the information on our Marriages section will help you decide what type of ceremony to book. You will need to have made this decision before you call to make your booking.

We recommend that you have a selection of preferred dates available when contacting us to make your booking, in order to avoid disappointment.

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We would also encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions which may answer any queries you might have. 

 Distinctive CeremonyClassic CeremonyStandard Ceremony
Nature of ceremony Enhanced and extended ceremony Short and simple Short and simple
Ceremony location Registration office ceremony room / licensed approved venue Registration office ceremony room Registrars office  (working office environment)

Pre ceremony interview      

This is where the couple are interviewed by the ceremony officer prior to the ceremony to confirm their details. It is a requirement at all ceremonies

Couple may be interviewed together or separately in accordance with their wishes (before ceremony  begins) Couple interviewed together (before ceremony begins) Couple interviewed together (before ceremony begins)
Maximum number of guests Up to the number the room is licensed to hold (see individual registration office or approved venue information for details) Up to the number the room is licensed to hold (see individual registration office information for details) Two witnesses only
Option to have bridesmaids/pageboys – provided their number does not exceed the room occupancy figure Yes Yes No
Good quality ceremony Yes Yes Yes
Ceremony entrance Option for couple to walk in together or separately. Bride/partner 1 may be escorted by father or another nominated person Couple walk in together No formal entrance option

Opportunity to personalise ceremony wording in certain places

Couples may select from a list of different introductions/additional vows/ ring vows/ concluding words 

Yes No No
Opportunity to say additional vow Yes No No
Opportunity to write own additional vow Yes No No
Option to exchange rings Yes - rings on cushion (cushion provided by Ceremony Officer in registration office, provided by couple at an approved venue) or presented by nominated person Yes - rings on cushion (provided by Ceremony Officer) Yes - rings on cushion (provided by Ceremony Officer)
Option to say rings vow  Yes - words provided by Ceremony Officer or written by couple  Yes - words provided by Ceremony Officer  Yes - words provided by Ceremony Officer
Readings in ceremony (up to 3) 
These must be non religious
Yes No No
Music in ceremony
(Must be non religious)
Registration Offices: classical music provided by Ceremony Officer or own music provided by couple on CD
                        Approved Venues: own music provided by couple
 Yes - classical music provided by Ceremony Officer  No
Opportunity to decorate the ceremony room Registration Offices: No                                         Approved Venues: Please check with your chosen venue   No  No
Opportunity to bring own floral arrangements  Yes  No  No
Ceremony availability Please note: the following registration offices do not have licensed ceremony rooms - Newquay registration office, Falmouth registration office Registration Offices: All offices. Selected days and times
                              Approved Venues: All venues* (*subject to availability at venue - please check with your chosen venue for more information)
Selected offices at 10.00am. Selected days only

Available at selected offices on Wednesday mornings.

All offices on Saturday mornings at 9:00am.

Cost
All ceremonies are subject to availability

Registration Offices: Monday - Thursday £195, Fridays and Saturdays £259, Sundays and Bank Holidays £314  

Approved Venues: Monday - Thursday £404, Fridays and Saturdays £436, Sundays and Bank Holidays £478

Registration Offices: Monday - Thursday £114, Saturday £178

Approved Venues: Ceremony not available at approved venues

Registration Offices: Wednesday £50, Saturday £114                

Approved Venues: Ceremony not available at approved venues