Outside, Celebration, Renewal of Vows and Commitment Ceremonies

How to arrange an outside or celebration ceremony, or a renewal of vows or commitment ceremony, what's included and the fees involved.

Outside and Celebration Ceremonies

An Outside or Celebration ceremony is a bespoke ceremonial alternative to a legal marriage ceremony.  It is usually held in a location which would not be eligible to be licensed for marriages or civil partnerships.

Why should I pick an Outside or Celebration Ceremony?

You get a 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, such as a marquee in their parent's garden, or outside, or where the premises is not licenced for civil ceremonies or any other location.

How do I arrange an Outside or Celebration Ceremony?

Contact a Suffolk registration office to arrange or enquire.

These ceremonies can be held within the months of British Summer Time, which are usually the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October and are completely temperature and weather dependent.

Cost of a Celebration and Legal ceremony package

Check what fee you need to pay for an outside or celebration ceremony

The fee includes:

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

Renewal Of Vows Ceremonies

Please be aware that ceremony content may be restricted during the current Pandemic

A Renewal of Vows 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 a special anniversary
  • have married abroad and wish to have 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.

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

Ceremony Costs

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Commitment Ceremonies

Please be aware that ceremony content may be restricted during the current Pandemic.

Commitment Ceremonies allow an adult couple, to celebrate their formal commitment to each other.  The 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

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

Ceremony Costs

Check what fee you need to pay for a ceremony