Wedding Celebrants and the Law

Want to have your say?

It’s a potentially exciting time for the celebrancy profession. The Law Commission is undertaking a project called Weddings. One of the issues that it is considering is ‘Who should be able to solemnize a marriage, including considering how a scheme could include weddings conducted by non-religious belief organisations and independent celebrants’ (

Dr Stephanie Pywell, a Senior Lecturer in Law at The Open University, is currently conducting a survey called An exploration of wedding celebrancy in England and Wales. Her findings will be made known to the Law Commission, and may be included in its final report to the Government.

If you have not already received an email that invites you to take part in the survey, and would like to do so, email, putting SURVEY ON WEDDINGS, CELEBRANTS AND THE LAW in the ‘subject’ line. You will not receive any communications other than the email that includes the link to the survey.

If you see a link to the survey anywhere on social media, please do not use it, and please report it to as soon as possible, because publicly available links are likely to invalidate the results of the survey.

The survey closes at 23:59 on Sunday 16 February.