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

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Following the Prime Ministers announcement, the North Yorkshire Registration Service is experiencing very heavy demand from couples about their ceremony. We are urgently seeking clarification of some of the points in the announcement. New legislation is currently going through Parliament and we may not know for some days how we may be allowed to proceed with weddings.  

As a priority, we are contacting venues about the ceremonies for this weekend. We will then be deal with ceremonies for the week commencing 23rd March.

If your ceremony is in one of our offices, the ceremony will go ahead and we will contact you if this changes. We may also have to restrict the number of guests that can attend.

Rather than ring us, please email us on: ceremonies@northyorks.gov.uk

Please put the date of your ceremony in the subject line of your email.

Extra staff are being brought in but there is likely to be some delay in responding. We are dealing with those weddings that are booked this month and next first of all.

We apologise in advance if we take a few days to get back to you.

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.