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

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Following the Government announcement in January 2021, there are changes on how ceremonies may take place.

It is a requirement to wear a face covering unless exempt when you visit an office or attend a wedding or civil partnership as a guest at both an office or a venue such as a hotel. The rules are the same as the rules you follow when you visit shops.

Please be advised that all our advice may be subject to change without notice.

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.