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.
Venues for ceremonies
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.
Booking a ceremony
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 £60 for ceremonies in Hampshire. This reserves the date and time 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 can be made by phone by credit/debit card.
(Inc. booking fee)
|Monday to Thursday||£129|
|Sunday / Bank holidays||N/A|
|Monday to Thursday||£288|
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
If someone is terminally ill and you need to speak to a Registrar about an urgent marriage or civil partnership, or you need to arrange an urgent funeral to comply with specific religious beliefs, tel 0750 7777 534. Please leave a message outlining the details of your emergency and a contact telephone number, a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible.
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
- 50% refund for 1-3 calendar months notice
- No refund with less than one calendar month notice (or failure to cancel)