Book a registrar

Check whether a registrar is available for your marriage, civil partnership, renewal of vows or naming ceremony.

Before booking a registrar for your marriage or civil partnership, make sure you have read our guide regarding Ceremony restrictions during the pandemic.

Once you have chosen your venue and provisionally booked it, you need to check if an appropriate registrar is available to conduct the ceremony.

Complete our online ceremony enquiry form and we will contact you to confirm the booking and ask for payment.

Please also complete this form if you want to book a simple civil partnership without a ceremony.

Ceremony enquiry form

You can find our terms and conditions of ceremony bookings and the cost of booking a registrar on our ceremony fees page.

Once you have booked your venue and registrar you need to book an appointment to give notice.

It is a legal requirement that both you and your partner give notice of the marriage/civil partnership at your local register office.

Marriages and civil partnerships can be booked at any of our venues. It is not a statutory requirement to have a ceremony when formalising a civil partnership, it is possible to book a simple signing at any of our venues. In the statutory West Sussex Register Office the only civil partnership booking option is for a simple signing without a ceremony.

Please note: with the commencement of The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act on 4 May 2021, the marriage schedule has now replaced the use of marriage registers in ceremonies. This means you will be asked to sign a schedule instead of a marriage register at the end of your ceremony. It also means that the legal certificate for your ceremony will not be produced until after the legal formalities have been completed during the week following your ceremony.

Last updated:
4 November 2021
Share this
Share this

Do you have any feedback about this page?

Help us improve this website

Let us know if this page was helpful so we can make improvements. Add a star rating and leave your feedback below to show how useful you found this page.

Rate this page:
Clear star rating...
  • West Sussex County Council will only use this email address to respond to any issues raised.