Does the Commitment ceremony have any legal implications?

No - these ceremonies have no legal effect and are not legally binding on those who participate in any way. They are something that many adult couples of any gender simply choose to do.

Can we have whatever we like in the ceremony?

Yes you can in the Bespoke Ceremony option. Our Bespoke Ceremony co-ordinator will contact you to ensure the ceremony is exactly as you wish.  In our Classic Ceremony there are also several sections where you can add your own wording.

Can we have religious/spiritual references in the ceremony?

If there are religious/spirtual readings or references that have special meaning for you, you may include them at any point in the Bespoke Ceremony. In the Classic Ceremony, there is an opportunity to include any religious/spiritual content in the speeches or readings that you choose.

Is there a certificate?

Yes, we include a commemorative certificate that you will sign during the ceremony.

How long is the ceremony?

A Classic Commitment ceremony usually takes from between 15 to 30 minutes and a Bespoke Ceremony usually takes rather longer, depending on the number of options included in the ceremony and the number of readings chosen.

Where can ceremonies be held?

Absolutely anywhere of your choosing; a marquee in your garden, a village hall or hotel, on a beach, in a forest, in a restaurant, a castle, a boat or in your own living room! The choice is yours.

Does the venue need to be licensed?

No, and nor does it have to be local to you. If you choose to hold your ceremony outside, be it at home, or at a friend or relative's house, we would require you to have an inside room or some form of cover available in case of bad weather.

Can we hold our ceremony at home?

Yes you can hold your ceremony at home. The celebrant will need to meet with you at home as we have to adhere to certain health and safety regulations.

Take a look at our 'Guidelines for Ceremonies at Home' policy, this will give you an idea of the sort of things you need to consider.

Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?

Usually the answer is to this is yes, but it is dependent on the availability of your venue and our Celebrant. Unfortunately our Bespoke ceremony cannot be arranged at short notice. We need a minimum of six weeks notice to arrange a Bespoke ceremony, however our Classic ceremony can be arranged with shorter notice so call us as soon as you can to discuss your needs.

I am still married to someone else, can I have a Commitment Ceremony with my new partner?

No, you do need to be free to commit to your new partner. 

Any other questions?

If you cannot find the answer you are looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01480 276080, or email us at info@civilceremonies.co.uk