Coronavirus and weddings

Important update regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Cornwall Registration Service is following the guidelines provided by:

  • the Government
  • Public Health England (PHE)
  • the NHS

We recognise that this situation will change. As such, we are developing plans to respond to new advice from Government. We want to keep our communications as current as possible. To do this, we will be posting updates on our social media sites:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram

As we move forward over the following days and weeks we will update this information as appropriate.

Ceremony provision update 

Following the recent government announcement, the guidance about weddings is changing.  The change takes effect from 21st June 2021. 

There is no longer a legal restriction on the number of attendees at a wedding.  The largest number depends on how many people can be in the room with social distancing measures in place.

The government guidance on 'meeting family and friends' has also been updated, with a greater emphasis on personal responsibility.  Family and friends may choose not to socially distance based on their understanding of the risks this involves.  This means that if your guests choose not to socially distance, the number of guests that can be in the room increases. 

In response of this we have reviewed our COVID-19 safe systems of working, which will remain in place and which will effect guest numbers in some of our offices.

If you are holding your wedding at a non-Cornwall Council venue you should confirm the maximum number of guests directly with them. 

We will keep everyone updated via our Social Media pages with information as and when we receive it.

Thank you for your patience.

Post Dated Passports

You can apply for a passport in your new name ahead of your marriage. This is called a post-dated passport. You will not be able to use the new passport until after the marriage.  You may only travel using a passport in your current name.

If you have a passport in your new name but your marriage has been cancelled your new passport will not be valid. 

You should send it back to us for destruction. You can then

  • choose to receive a free replacement passport in your current name
  • or a free replacement in your new name, post-dated to the date of your
    rearranged ceremony

Cancellations and refunds

Please refer to the Government's guidance on Wedding services affected by Covid-19

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