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Ceremonies Update 5 January 2021 - National Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 4 January about the new national lockdown, the guidance is 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:

Guidance on Gov.uk

The new restrictions will be in place until mid-February at the earliest and are expected to be reviewed around the half-term date for schools.  This unfortunately means that all ceremonies booked up to 21 February 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 up to 21 February, in date order. 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 from now up to 21 February 2021 and will issue a full refund if you wish to cancel.

Our phone lines are extremely busy and you may be waiting for some time.  If you wish to cancel or reschedule your booking, please email us at ceremonies@cumbria.gov.uk, with the date of your ceremony in the subject line.   Please can we ask that you do not call us if your ceremony is due to take place from March onwards as our priority is dealing with couples with bookings in the period affected by the latest lockdown.

The Registration Service has been working hard to make sure that safety measures are in place, and we are are now able to offer appointments to register the birth of your baby and marriage notices.  Our offices reopened on Monday 20 July 2020.

Since 4 July we have been able to deliver weddings and civil partnerships at external venues (e.g. venues not part of the registrar service) following the latest government guidance.  From 27 July, weddings and civil partnerships can start again in our Registration Offices.  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.

Over the coming months as our services start again they will be delivered differently to make sure we minimise the risks of infection for customers and staff as a result of COVID-19. 

Even with these restrictions we remain committed to providing the best customer experience possible and we thank you for your patience and support.

Service information:


Death or Still-birth

Notice of Intent for Marriage or Civil Partnership



Corrections and Re-registrations

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 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


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


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. 


For further information please contact:

Cumbria Registration Service
Tel: 0300 303 2472

Email: registrationservice@cumbria.gov.uk