Renewal of vows, commitment and naming ceremonies

Find out how to arrange a renewal of vows, a commitment ceremony or a naming ceremony with our registrars.

They can be organised at 

  • a Suffolk Register Office
  • an approved venue

Our arranging a ceremony page has information about how to book a venue for your ceremony.

Renewal of Vows Ceremony

 

This ceremony is a formal way for a couple to renew their marriage vows. It has no legal status.

The ceremony is available to any couple regardless of how old they are or how long they have been married.

They are sometimes used by couples who:

  • are celebrating an anniversary
  • have married abroad and wish for another ceremony at home
  • want to celebrate their commitment to each other

Ceremony programme

Ceremonies can be personalised to your requirements.

They can include:

  • readings
  • the re-exchange of wedding rings
  • personal vows of commitment 

You can also include your children and other friends and relatives in the ceremony.

A souvenir certificate is presented to the couple at the end of the ceremony.

The length of the ceremony depends on the elements you want to include. We suggest you allow about 30 minutes.

Ceremony costs

The costs of a renewal of vows ceremony held at one of our approved venues are:-  

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

  • Monday - Saturday: £450.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £550.00

1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

  • Monday - Saturday: £460.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £560.00

This fee includes an optional planning meeting. A £100 non refundable reservation fee is payable when booking.

Should you choose a venue which isn't currently licensed, an additional inspection fee of £75.00 applies.

Commitment Ceremony

Commitment ceremonies allow an adult couple, of any sexual orientation, to celebrate their formal commitment to each other.

Commitment ceremonies have no legal status and are not legally binding on those who participate.

Ceremony programme

Ceremonies can be personalised to your requirements.

They can include:

  • readings
  • the exchange of rings or gifts
  • personal vows of commitment 

A souvenir certificate is presented to the couple at the end of the ceremony.

The length of ceremony depends on the elements you want to include. We suggest you allow about 30 minutes.

Ceremony costs

The costs of a commitment ceremony, at one of our approved venues are:-

1 April 2017 - Tuesday 31 March 2018

  • Monday - Saturday: £450.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £550.00

1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

  • Monday - Saturday: £460.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday: £560.00

This fee includes an optional planning meeting. A £100 non refundable reservation fee is payable when booking.

Should you choose a venue which isn't currently licensed for ceremonies, an additional inspection fee of £75.00 applies.

 

 

 

 

Naming Ceremony

A naming ceremony is used to celebrate the birth or adoption of your child, or to welcome step-children into a family unit.

They are available to all parents, it does not matter if you are single or part of an unmarried couple.

Purpose of the ceremony

It is an opportunity to declare your promise to be a good parent and to choose supporting adults for your child (instead of godparents).

You may want to have a naming ceremony because you do not consider a religious baptism to be appropriate.

The ceremony has no legal status and cannot be used to legally change a child's name.

Ceremony programme

Ceremonies can be personalised to your requirements.

They can include:

  • readings
  • promises made to your child
  • giving a gift to your child

A souvenir certificate is presented to the couple at the end of the ceremony.

The length of ceremony depends on the elements you want to include. We suggest you allow about 30 minutes.

Ceremony costs

The cost of a naming ceremony, from Tuesday 1 April 201 - Tuesday 31 March 2019, is:

  • Monday - Saturday: £200.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £200.00

This fee includes an optional planning meeting. A £100 non refundable reservation fee is payable when booking.