Your ceremony

Page updated on: 07/03/2019

It is important to us that your ceremony exceeds your expectations.  You will begin working with your appointed registrar approximately 4 – 6 weeks before the day of your ceremony.  We will work with you to design a ceremony that perfectly matches your individual requirements. You may wish to choose your own poems and readings, music and vows.  We will assist you every step of the way. 

Example of a Civil Ceremony

  • Entrance of bride and/or groom
  • Welcome and introduction
  • 1st Poem
  • Declaratory vows
  • Giving away
  • Contracting vows
  • Extra promises
  • Exchange of rings
  • Pronouncement
  • 2nd Poem
  • Signing of Register
  • Photographs
  • Ceremony Close

As part of your tailor made ceremony you may prefer to write your own promises, or add poems or readings of your own choosing.  It important that your civil ceremony contains no religious references, actual or incidental, as these are prohibited by law.


You will need to bring 2 witnesses to your ceremony to sign the register. We prefer them to be over 16 years of age. You may add children under this age as extra witnesses, if you wish.

Witnesses must be able to hear and understand the marital vows; they can not leave the room (to look after young children for example)

Where the witnesses are the only guests at your marriage, we request that they know you, (i.e. are not complete strangers) in a capacity which does not raise a possible conflict of interest, should they be required to testify (e.g. they are not an employee etc.).

Should you intend to take your vows in Welsh only and have a bi-lingual marriage registration, both of you, the registrars and the witnesses need to be able to understand Welsh.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy your day.  It means a great deal to us.  If after your ceremony you would like to make any comments about the service you have received from us, please do take a minute to complete our customer satisfaction survey.

 Ceremony Survey