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Renewing your vows


A renewal of vows is an opportunity for you to renew your marriage or civil partnership vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

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Weddings and civil partnerships are currently able to proceed with 15 attendees provided the premise is permitted to open and can accommodate this number in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines. 

To meet social distancing guidance and to reduce the risk in spread of Covid-19, the number of people who can attend a wedding and civil partnership at our register offices continues to be restricted. To find out more on the limits at our register offices, please contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk

From 17 May 2021, weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be able to proceed with 30 attendees provided the premise can accommodate this number in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines and are permitted to open. 

From no earlier than 21 June 2021, there will be no legal limits placed on any life events.

The government will confirm whether restrictions will be eased one week in advance of these dates. Covid-19 safety measures which include social distancing and the wearing of face coverings will still be in place until further notice to ensure everyone's safety.

Please bear in mind that each step continues to be reviewed and may still affect a couple's plans. You can contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk for any queries you may have. However, our phone lines continue to be very busy so please bear with us. 

Full guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships can be found at Gov.uk: guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

Although many couples choose to renew their vows at milestone anniversaries, the ceremony is just as appropriate at any stage of a relationship. Any legally married couple or civil partners of any age can arrange a renewal of vows ceremony and you do not need to live in the area where you would like the ceremony to take place.

It is also ideal if you have married abroad and now wish to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership with family and friends who were unable to attend the original ceremony.

The ceremony has no legal status but nevertheless is still of great significance. It also acts as a public statement of your continuing love and commitment to one another.

What you need to do

Choose your venue

Ceremonies can take place at:

In addition, there are a number of approved premises for marriages and civil partnerships across the county where ceremonies can be held.

Book the registrar

Contact our ceremony team at Aykley Heads House register office to book your registrar. When you book you will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee of £40 in addition to the ceremony fees. Any changes to your booking will result in an additional £40 payment.

 Aykley Heads House Durham;
Cockton House Bishop Auckland;
or Galgate Barnard Castle
Licenced Venue
Monday to Thursday£240£265
Friday£260£305
Saturday£275£330
Sunday/Bank Holiday£325£360

Plan your day

You can personalise your ceremony to create a unique and memorable event for both you and your guests. Take time to make sure the options you choose have meaning for you both. You may also want the special people in your lives, such as your children, relatives, friends and guests who attended your wedding or civil partnership to take part in the ceremony. You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate.

Renewal ceremonies usually last about 15 minutes but can take up to 30 minutes if more readings or other elements are included. The ceremony will usually include:

  • introduction and welcome
  • acknowledgement of any children of the marriage or civil partnership
  • reading
  • renewal of vows
  • rededication of rings
  • giving of new rings or gifts
  • words from previous guests such as the best man or bridesmaid
  • further reading
  • signing of certificate
  • witnesses
  • closing words
Contact us
Register Office - Aykley Heads House
03000 266 000
Our address is:
  • Aykley Heads
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5TS
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