Commitment ceremonies offer an opportunity for you to make a personal, public declaration of your life-long love and commitment to your partner. They are suitable for couples who cannot or choose not to marry legally, or for same-sex couples who cannot or choose not to form a civil partnership.
Unlike a marriage or civil partnership, this alternative ceremony has no legal status, but it is intended to be of deep personal significance. You are able to give your promises to each other, exchange rings, and invite your guests to participate in the ceremony. A commemorative certificate is presented to mark the occasion.
You can decide on the most appropriate venue for your ceremony, which may be a Register Office, your home or garden, a hotel, a village hall, or other suitable non-religious place.
In order to book a date for your ceremony please contact the Register Office which is closest to where you wish to hold your commitment ceremony.
There is a non-refundable booking fee of £55 for ceremonies in Hampshire. This reserves the date and time that you have requested for your ceremony.You will then be required to pay in full three calendar months prior to the date.
Payment of the booking fee and other associated costs may be made by credit/debit card, cheque (payable to Hampshire County Council) or cash, directly to the Register Office where your ceremony has been booked.
Additional alternative ceremony at the same time such as Naming or Renewal of Vows - £100
tel 0845 603 5637 call charges
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
Outside office hours
For weddings/civil partnerships involving someone terminally ill, or a funeral to comply with a religious burial requirement
tel 075 0777 7534.
All cancellations must be given in writing.
If you have already paid, you have to give at least three calendar months notice to be eligible for a full refund.
Requests for a cancellation after this time will be subject to