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Working towards safer wedding and civil partnership ceremonies

Following the government announcement on 22 February, we're putting in place a coronavirus recovery plan for safer wedding and civil partnership ceremonies.

Please note that the proposed dates in this plan are the earliest possible dates, based on current government guidelines. These dates may be subject to change if national restrictions and the national coronavirus recovery plan are amended by central government.

In all cases the advised maximum number of attendees is for reference only, and the number of people who may attend your ceremony will always be subject to the venue size. Contact your venue to confirm the maximum numbers able to attend at your ceremony.

Dates Ceremony guidelines Maximum number of attendees
Up to and including 28 March 2021 Ceremonies cannot take place, except in exceptional circumstances 6
29 March to 11 April 2021 Ceremonies will still be able to proceed, but will no longer be limited to exceptional circumstances 6
12 April to 16 May 2021 Ceremonies will be able to take place in premises that are permitted to open 15
17 May to 20 June 2021 Ceremonies will be able to take place in premises that are permitted to open 30
21 June 2021 and after Ceremonies will be able to take place in premises that are permitted to open No limit

Rescheduling or cancelling ceremonies

If you have a ceremony booked with us and want to reschedule or cancel please email ceremonies@york.gov.uk.

You'll need to provide the following information:

  • your full names
  • your contact telephone number and email address
  • current booking details - date, time and venue
  • new preferred booking details (if rescheduling) - date, time and venue
  • confirmation you want to cancel your booking (if cancelling)

We'll contact you to confirm arrangements as soon as we can. Due to the high volume of enquiries there may be a delay in our response, however we aim to contact you within 10 days from receiving your enquiry.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477