Information about the virus


Updates on our services and ceremonies.

Marriages and civil partnerships

Ceremonies started taking place on Saturday 4 July 2020.

The latest government guidance states that face coverings should be worn by guests at ceremonies, unless they are exempt from wearing one. Please advise your guests that they will need to bring their own masks. The couple do not have to wear a face covering, but must maintain social distancing from their guests and registrars.

We are now taking bookings for marriage and civil partnerships in 2020 and beyond. However, we are exceptionally busy and dealing with current bookings first. Any new bookings will be dealt with, but it may take up to two weeks to get a response.

Please be aware that getting married or forming a civil partnership during the pandemic means numbers of guests are restricted and processes are different to ensure everyone’s safety.

West Sussex Council-owned rooms

Numbers are restricted in all our rooms - please see our Ceremony rooms for the latest information. These numbers apply to current bookings and new bookings.  

Approved licensed venues

Government easing of lockdown to allow small receptions was due to happen on Saturday 1 August. This has been delayed until at least Saturday 15 August.

Please contact your chosen venue, not the ceremonies team, to discuss this, as this does not affect your marriage or civil partnership.

Notice appointment

Please do not book this until four months before your ceremony.

If you wish to postpone or cancel your booking, please phone 01243 642122. We do not charge for like-for-like postponements.

New Citizens - Citizenship Ceremony

If you had a letter from the Home Office advising you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony before 23 March 2020, you have a six-month window to attend from the date on your invitation letter. 

We recommenced small group ceremonies on 25 July 2020 and we will contact you shortly to arrange the ceremony.

Last updated:
5 August 2020
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