Once you have booked your registrar, you can begin to personalise your ceremony.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

During the Government Covid roadmap, there are changes on how ceremonies may take place. At this time we are prioritising those couples who need to postpone their ceremony due to current restrictions. We are only accepting new bookings for ceremony dates after 28 May 2021.

If you wish to contact us please email ceremonies@northyorks.gov.uk and include your venue, date of ceremony and booking reference in the subject line. We will respond to your email as soon as possible, but please be advised that we are very busy at this time.

Our registration service prides itself on the quality of the ceremonies we deliver and our registrars use a tried and trusted format to ensure your ceremony runs smoothly.

Your ceremony is the perfect opportunity to personalise your whole day from the start and reflect your personalities and your relationship. This guide is designed to help you create your ceremony step by step, you can say as much or as little as you want during the ceremony. We have included suggested choices for additional words but we also welcome personal touches into the ceremony in your music, readings, vows and promises.

For marriages, some words must be included by law but you can choose to personalise some parts of your marriage or civil partnership ceremony if you wish.


We suggest you choose 5 songs to play as your guests arrive, one for as you make your entrance into the ceremony room, 2 or 3 for as you are signing the register and a final song as you make your exit. For ceremonies at licenced venues you will need to arrange your music with them directly, in our registration offices you can provide your music on a CD or connect to our speakers via Bluetooth.


You can choose something that fits your personalities, perhaps a piece by your favourite author or poet, you could even write your own. You can use this opportunity to include a friend or relative in your ceremony to present your reading, alternatively, the registrar will be happy to read it for you. Please make sure your readers have a copy of their words on the day.

As you are having a civil ceremony your music, readings, personal vows and promises cannot be of a religious nature. Please contact us at ceremonies@northyorks.gov.uk if you are unsure if your music or reading can be included, our Ceremonies Team will be happy to help you.

Changes can be made at any time up to 4 weeks prior to your ceremony but after that time the script will be printed ready for your big day. Any changes after that time will not be recognised. You don’t need to change anything in the registrars words sections, we’ve just included this for your information.