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Your current ceremony booking – what's happening?

Organising a wedding is an exciting time, every wedding is individual and special.  Unfortunately Covid-19 means that many couples have had to postpone or even cancel their special day and in these unprecedented and uncertain times many hang in the balance awaiting government guidance.  We appreciate that this is both an upsetting and frustrating time.

Ceremonies up to 5 July 2020 – Approved venues

If your ceremony is scheduled between now and 5 July 2020 your ceremony cannot go ahead and will need to be rescheduled. If your wedding is at an approved venue, please speak to them to arrange an alternative date and time.  Once this is agreed please email ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk and provide the following information

  •  Your names
  •  Your contact telephone number and email address
  •  Current booking detail: Date, time and venue
  •  New booking details: Date, time and venue

If your wedding is at Wakefield or Pontefract Town Hall please agree a new date and time for your ceremony with your partner, once agreed please email ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk and provide the following information  

  • Your names
  • Your contact telephone number and email address
  • Current booking detail: Date, time and venue
  • New booking details: Date, time and venue

If you wish to cancel your ceremony please email ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk

Emails will be dealt with in date of ceremony order.  If we can accommodate your new ceremony choice you will receive a confirmation email. Please check your junk email too.  If we cannot accommodate your ceremony choice we will contact you by email or telephone to arrange an alternative date.

Ceremonies up to 31 July 2020 – Wakefield and Pontefract Town Hall

The Council has decided to reschedule all events taking place in Council buildings in July 2020, which means unfortunately that if your ceremony was scheduled to take place at Wakefield Town Hall or Pontefract Town Hall it will not be able to go ahead and we will need to reschedule.  I appreciate this is a very difficult and upsetting time.  In order to make this process as simple as possible can I please ask that if you would like to reschedule your ceremony you agree a new date and time for your ceremony with your partner, once agreed please email ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk and provide the following information 

  • Your names
  • Your contact telephone number and email address
  • Current booking detail: Date, time and venue
  • New booking details: Date, time and venue

If you wish to cancel your ceremony please email ceremonies@wakefield.gov.uk

Emails will be dealt with in date of ceremony order.  If we can accommodate your new ceremony choice you will receive a confirmation email. Please check your junk email too.  If we cannot accommodate your ceremony choice we will contact you by email or telephone to arrange an alternative date.

Ceremonies after 5 July - Approved Venues  / Ceremonies after 31 July Wakefield and Pontefract Town Hall

If your ceremony is scheduled for after 5 July 2020  at an approved venue or after 31 July 2020 at Wakefield or Pontefract Town Hall but in light of the recent government guidelines you would like to reschedule, please ensure that you have provided the date, time and location of your new ceremony.  Once we are able to, we will contact you to confirm arrangements. Please note this could take up to 10 working days.

If your ceremony is scheduled for after the above dates and you are wanting confirmation that the ceremony will go ahead, we can advise that the National Panel for Registration is working with the General Register Office to look at how local authorities manage ceremonies nationally including dates for ceremonies to commence, number of guests in attendance and any other factors that need to be considered. For the latest information please continue to visit this page.    

Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

If your enquiry is about giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, unfortunately you are unable to attend to give notice at this time. 

If your ceremony is scheduled to take place in less than 28 days we recommend you reschedule your ceremony to a later date as you are unable to satisfy the 28 day notice period. 

If your ceremony is scheduled to take place in the next 9 months and you reside in the Wakefield District please email us with your ceremony date, time and location, contact telephone number and email address and we will add you to our contact list so that when we are in a position to book your appointment we can contact you to make the necessary arrangements. 

If your ceremony is more than 9 months away please check back at a later date for information when appointments are available. 

If your enquiry relates to the expiration of your notice of marriage or civil partnership as you had to reschedule your ceremony due to Covid-19, we are awaiting guidance on what the next steps are. Please check back later for further information.

New ceremony booking

If your enquiry is to make arrangements to book a ceremony, bookings will not be taken for ceremonies intended to take place prior to Saturday 1 August 2020. 

Please note that there is a requirement to give notice of your intended marriage or civil partnership and to date we are unable to facilitate appointments to do so. The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is 28 clear days, if you are unable to give notice for your intended ceremony within the necessary time frames due to Covid-19 you will need to reschedule your ceremony to a later date.

Should you still wish to book a ceremony for after 1 August 2020 please complete the online form https://forms.wakefield.gov.uk/forms/registrars/ceremonybooking.aspx