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Ceremonies update 1 March 2021

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd February 2021 our Registration Team is working at pace through a vast number of ceremony amendments. 

Our current priority is rebooking ceremonies that have been cancelled or changed due to the announcement.

For those who are looking to book a new ceremony please note - we are not taking new bookings until after Monday 15 March. At which point, new bookings can be made for May onwards.

Our phone lines continue to be extremely busy and you will currently face a lengthy wait. You can email us at ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We kindly ask that you do not send us repeat emails as this slows down the process and makes it harder to efficiently deal with your requests. 

We understand that you have venues and suppliers waiting for confirmation of dates and we are working as hard as we can to get to your query.

If you have outstanding fees to be paid, please do not worry - we are not going to charge a late payment fee at this time as we understand it has been difficult to get through on the phone.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding at this very busy time.


Ceremonies update 23 February 2021

The Prime Minister announced on the evening of 22nd February a roadmap of steps to ease lockdown. 

The guidance for weddings and civil partnerships due to take place up to 28th March is as follows:

Weddings and Civil Partnerships during this time, unfortunately, are not able to go ahead. We understand how disappointing this is for you so are offering the option to reschedule your booking free of charge. We are also suspending our cancellation policy so can issue a full refund if you wish to cancel (not including booking fee or marriage notice fee). Our team will be contacting you in the coming days as a matter of urgency.

 As per the most recent lockdown, ceremonies can take place in exceptional circumstances during this time, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.  Where ceremonies do go ahead, a maximum of 6 people are allowed to be present, not including staff working at the event.

The following steps are proposed over the coming months. Please be aware that these steps are subject to change. Government advice is that the dates and number of attendees is guidance only and wholly contingent on the national COVID-19 data. You may need to change your plans at short notice.

  • Step 1 - From 29th March: weddings will be able to proceed with 6 attendees but will no longer be limited by exceptional circumstances
  • Step 2 - No earlier than 12th April: weddings will be able to proceed with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open - please check with your venue as soon as possible before contacting us)
  • Step 3 - No earlier than 17th May: weddings, receptions can proceed with up to 30 attendees.
  • Step 4 - No earlier than 21 June: all restrictions are removed

Government guidance can be found here:

COVID-19 Response − Spring 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

If your ceremony is booked before 17th May (steps 1 and 2), we are offering the option to reschedule your booking free of charge and we are also suspending our cancellation policy. We can issue a full refund if you wish to cancel (not including booking fee or marriage notice fee). If your ceremony is booked for after 17th May (steps 3 and 4), our refund policy and reschedule fee applies.

New Ceremony Bookings

We are unable to take new ceremony bookings until after Monday 15th March. Please do not call before this date as we need to prioritise rescheduling all our current bookings. 

You do not need marriage notices in place to make a booking with us unless your ceremony is within 29 days (or 70 days if one party is subject to immigration control).

Important information about notices

Notice of intent must be given at least 28 days prior to a ceremony or up to 70 days if one partner is subject to immigration control. 

We are only able to carry out a ceremony from 29th March 2021 onwards subject to government restrictions allowing and only if you have valid notices in place.

We advise taking out notice of intent to marry no sooner than 3 months prior to your ceremony. If you do not have valid notices in place for your chosen venue and date, these need to take place in your local registration office where you reside. 

For Cumbria appointments can be made online at 
https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/registrationservice/marriages/noticeofintent.asp or by calling on 0300 303 2472.


Ceremonies update 31 December 2020

Tier 4 Restrictions in Cumbria

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 30/12/2020, Cumbria is now subject to tier 4 restrictions until further notice.  Government guidance on tier 4 restrictions states that weddings and civil partnerships should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. Where ceremonies do go ahead, a maximum of 6 people are allowed to be present, not including staff working at the event:

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

This unfortunately means that all ceremonies booked between 31/12/2020 and the next review date of 18/01/2021 must be cancelled or rearranged. We do not know yet how long these restrictions may be in effect, so it is possible that bookings from 19/01/2021 will also be affected and we will provide further information as soon as we can.

We are so very sorry for couples who are due to be getting married or form a civil partnership during this period and we appreciate that this will be extremely upsetting news for everyone. We are in the process of contacting all couples with bookings up to 18/01/2021. We are offering the option to reschedule your booking free of charge and we are also suspending our cancellation policy for ceremonies falling in the period 31/12/2020 to 18/01/2021 and will issue a full refund if you wish to cancel.

Please do not call us if your ceremony is due to take place after the 18/01/2021 as our phone lines are extremely busy and you may be waiting for some time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates here and on our website.


Ceremonies update 2 December 2020

The Government have announced that ceremonies can commence from 2 December 2020. We have been working closely with our venues and staff to put measures in place to allow us to carry out ceremonies from 3 December 2020. 

Ceremonies taking place in Cumbria must follow the Governments latest guidance for Weddings and civil partnerships in relation to the Local Government Covid Alert level. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can resume in all tiers with 15 guests. Wedding or Civil Partnership receptions are not allowed to take place in tier 3 areas.

It is the personal responsibility of the couple and guests if they are travelling to Cumbria to attend a ceremony, that they check their local Government Covid Alert Level and follow any government guidelines that may be in place in their own residing district.  This should be discussed with your venue to determine if the ceremony should go ahead according to the area the couple and the guests are travelling from.

All ceremonies booked with Cumbria Registration Service will proceed unless we are instructed by the client that the ceremony is cancelled.  

Cumbria has been placed in Tier 2, this will be reviewed on 16 December and weekly after that. We will provide regular updates on our website and social media pages. Check current Local Government Covid Alert Levels.  


Ceremonies update 2 November 2020

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 31st October, further guidance has been produced by the Government stating that weddings and civil partnerships will not be permitted to take place during the new national restriction period (ceremonies will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, such as life limiting illness):

New National Restrictions from 5 November

This means that all ceremonies booked between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December 2020 must be cancelled or rearranged.

We are so very sorry for couples who are due to be getting married or form a civil partnership during this period and we appreciate that this will be extremely upsetting news for everyone.   We are in the process of contacting all couples with bookings from 5th November to 2nd December to help you through this.  We are offering the option to reschedule your booking free of charge and we are also suspending our cancellation policy for ceremonies falling in the period 5th November to 2nd December and will issue a full refund if you wish to cancel.

Please do not call us if your ceremony is due to take place after the 2nd December as our phone lines are extremely busy and you may be waiting for some time.


Ceremonies update 13 October 2020

Local Government Covid Alert Levels

Ceremonies taking place in Cumbria must follow the latest guidance for weddings and civil partnerships in relation to the Government's Local Covid Alert levels. 

If you are travelling to Cumbria to attend a ceremony it is your personal responsibility that you check the Local Covid Alert Level and follow the government guidelines that are in place where you live. Check your current Local Covid Alert Levels.

If your ceremony plans are affected by this new guidance please contact your chosen venue and us as soon as possible.  


Ceremonies update 23 September 2020

Weddings and Civil partnerships can take place at our Registration Offices and at external venues providing the current government guidance is followed. 

On 22 September the Prime Minister announced that wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships were restricted to 15 people. This includes the couple and 2 witnesses, it does not include the 2 ceremony officers and any third party suppliers - for example a photographer. It is expected that these restrictions will be in place for the next 6 months.

Should you wish to cancel your ceremony our normal refund policy will apply. Reschedules made as a direct result of this announcement will not be charged an amendment fee. 

Ceremonies may be different because of the current restrictions and guidelines in place, but we are committed to doing all we can to give our couples a truly beautiful and memorable ceremony experience on their special day.

We have resumed taking bookings for Weddings and Civil Partnerships, bookings can be made up to 2 years in advance. 

Please call our registration operations team on 0300 303 2472. Our team will be more than happy to help, but please note your call may be held in a queue as our team are currently experiencing high volumes of calls due to the latest announcement. We thank you in advance for your patience.

An opportunity for couples to renew and celebrate their commitment

Due to current Government Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to take any bookings for Renewal of Vows Ceremonies at the present time.

Our Renewal of Vows ceremony is a wonderful way of celebrating a special anniversary of the date of a marriage or civil partnership, although the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage or civil partnership.

These ceremonies can also provide an opportunity for a couple who may have got married abroad, to celebrate with family and friends who were unable to travel to the wedding.

Your unique ceremony
You will work with one of our expert ceremony staff to select from the options available, and tailor a ceremony that will be special for you and your family.  Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for you to remember and treasure.

Just as no two couples are the same, no two ceremonies will be the same. Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at your wedding, friends or members of your family.

Venues
Venues that hold current fire and safety regulations and public liability insurance will be deemed suitable to hold a Renewal of Vows ceremony.  Please note however that private homes are not considered suitable.  A list of Registration Offices and Approved Premises which are licensed for civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies are listed on our website. These are excellent locations for renewal of marriage vows ceremonies as these premises are experienced at holding such events.

It is possible to conduct Renewal of Vows ceremonies in some lakeside outdoor locations.

If you wish to discuss the suitability of a particular location please contact the Registration Service on 0300 303 2472 or e mail registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk and we will be happy to help

Fees

Important notice

Neither the Renewal of Vows ceremony nor any other document issued following the ceremony has any legal status.

No part of a Renewal of Vows ceremony offered by us may be of a religious nature.

Due to current Government Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to take any bookings for Naming Ceremonies at the present time. 

Our Naming Ceremony offers an opportunity for you to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome adopted children or stepchildren into your family.

Although traditional christenings or baptisms are still popular, there is an increasing demand for an alternative, non-religious ceremony.

Each ceremony is unique to you and your family. You will have the chance to work closely with an experienced celebrant to select from the options available and tailor a ceremony that is special for you and your family. Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for your family to remember and treasure as your children grow.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?
Any parent, legal guardian or person who has parental responsibility of the child / children may arrange a ceremony.

What are they for?
Naming ceremonies give you the opportunity to:

  • celebrate the naming of the child / children

  • express commitment to the child. The parent or parents pledge their care and love to their child in front of family and friends

  • bring the child into the family and community. Relatives and guests meet and welcome the newest member of the family

  • appoint mentors or supporting adults - a bit like nominating godparents. Family and friends can promise their help and support to the child as he or she grows up within their community

  • give grandparents the opportunity to make promises to support the parents in the raising of their new grandchild.

What happens in a naming ceremony?
Each ceremony is divided into sections and can include:

  • Introduction and welcome

  • Naming of the child/children

  • Parents' promises

  • Supporting adults / mentors' promises

  • Readings and music

  • Signing of commemorative certificates

  • Presentation of gifts

  • Presentation of certificate

  • Closing words

Each section can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

The length of ceremony depends on the type of ceremony and the different options you choose. We suggest that you allow 30 minutes for your ceremony.

Where can naming ceremonies be held?
We offer naming ceremonies in all our registration offices and at approved premises within the county. They may be celebrated on any day of the week except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

If you would like to use a different venue, for example a village hall, this would need to be discussed beforehand and visited by a member of the Registration Service to ensure it is a suitable venue for the ceremony.

How much will the ceremony cost?
The fee will vary depending on the day and time that you choose. For a ceremony in approved premises, you will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and fees, this is in addition to our fees.

For further information please contact:

Cumbria Registration Service
Tel: 0300 303 2472

Email: registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk

Fees

Citizenship ceremonies can go ahead providing the latest Covid-19 government guidelines are followed. 

From 1st January 2004, anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British Citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the citizenship ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the community. It is intended to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship is not a purely bureaucratic process.

Cumbria County Council is responsible for organising ceremonies for successful applicants living in the County on behalf of the Home Office.  A ceremony can be held at any point, but must be within three months of the Home office notification. The venue for a ceremony will be determined by where you live, but in Cumbria will usually be at the Register Office in Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle.

As soon as Cumbria Registration Service receives notification that an applicant has been successful, the applicant is contacted by letter and notified about the date of their ceremony.

The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech (often by a local dignitary), and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate marks the point at which British citizenship is conferred. 

Fees

For further information please contact:

Cumbria Registration Service
Tel: 0300 303 2472

Email: registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk