Outside and Celebration ceremonies

How to arrange an outside or celebration ceremony in Suffolk, what's included in the cost and reasons why couples pick an outside or celebration ceremony

An Outside or Celebration ceremony is a bespoke ceremonial alternative to a legal marriage ceremony that's usually held in a location which wouldn't be eligible to be licensed for marriages or civil partnership.

Why should I pick an Outside or Celebration ceremony?

You get greater choice of where you wish to celebrate your marriage.

For example couples who:

  • have married legally abroad without family and friends present but now wish to have a celebration of their marriage.
  • are from different religious backgrounds.
  • wish to marry somewhere that isn't licensed for weddings, e.g. a marquee in their parent’s garden, or outside, or where the premises is not licenced for  civil ceremonies or other location.

How do I arrange an Outside or Celebration ceremony?

Contact Suffolk register office.

Cost of a Celebration and Legal ceremony package

Monday to Saturday

Sunday and Bank Holidays

£580 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

£680 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

£580 from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

£680 from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

Includes:

  • Bespoke ceremony in a location which wouldn't usually be eligible for licensing for marriages to include inspection and assessment of proposed location by celebrant
  • Planning meeting with your celebrant
  • Basic legal ceremony in our one of our local authority rooms for no more than 6 guests (Monday to Friday) or at approved venue immediately preceding your Celebration ceremony.

Not included:

  • Statutory fees payable for the legal preliminaries or certificates

Are there any legal requirements?

There are no legal requirements for the ceremony itself, however you would need to consider the options for your legal marriage or civil partnership.