A renewal of vows ceremony is an opportunity for a married couple or civil partners to reaffirm their love and commitment to each other.
Why renew your vows?
There are many reasons why couples may want to renew their vows:
- To hold a ceremony for family and friends after marrying abroad
- To celebrate a particular anniversary
- To combine a renewal with a naming ceremony
- Just because they want to!
How to renew your vows
We know there’s a lot to think about when planning a renewal ceremony, so we’ve outlined everything you need to do in five easy steps:
- Choose your venue
Choosing where to say your vows is one of the first (and most exciting) decisions that you’ll make about your day and will set the tone for the whole event. In Northumberland, we’re lucky to have over 70 licensed venues and Register Offices, so finding something to suit your style and budget is easy. All of our licensed locations can be found over on our Venues page.
Once you have chosen your venue, book your Registrar as soon as possible, even if it is a few years in advance of your ceremony.
- Book the Registrar
Call our Ceremony Co-ordination team on 01665 602870 to book your Registrar.
If you have decided to have a combined naming and civil partnership, please let the Registrar know at this point.
When you book the Registrar, you will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee. You will find the pricing for this below:
If you change the date, time or venue of your ceremony, you will need to pay an amendment fee, which will be charged at the current rate.
- Plan your day
There are lots of ways to personalise your day to make it extra special. Some couples like to have readings or words from guests who originally attended their wedding, or from their children. We will send you a ceremony arrangement pack after you book in your registrar.
As part of the pack, we will also include a Ceremony Arrangement Form, which will need to be completed with your decisions at least six weeks before the ceremony.
Please remember that yours is a civil ceremony and there should be no religious content.
- Pay your fees and return your ceremony form
Once you have completed your Ceremony Arrangement Form, please return it to us at least six weeks before the service. Please include payment for any outstanding fees and anything that your conducting Registrar will need for the ceremony, such as readings.
Please return your completed Ceremony Arrangement Form
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by post
The Ceremony Co-ordination Team
The Register Office
27 Fenkle Street
Your fees can be paid over th ephone by credit or debit card (01665 602870) or by cheque.
Cheques will need to be made payable to ‘Northumberland County Council’ and sent to the above address.
If you change the date, time or venue of your ceremony, you will need to pay an amendment fee, charged at the current rate.
- What happens on the day?
Once the day of your ceremony arrives, all of your fees will have been paid and your paperwork completed, which leaves you free to enjoy your day!
The Registrars will arrive approximately 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Once they arrive, they will check any last-minute arrangements and speak to anyone playing a part in the ceremony to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They will also speak to your photographer/videographer to confirm that they are happy for them to discreetly capture the entire ceremony.
Things to remember:
- Your vow renewal ceremony should start promptly to ensure our Registrars can travel safely to their next appointment
- We reserve the right to leave your ceremony if we feel the following ceremony will be compromised – this decision will not be taken lightly and we will always consult with you and the venue first
- Bring any of your own promises and readings with you on the day
- Any music should be given directly to the venue, who will be able to advise on the right format
After the ceremony, we will present a commemorative certificate signed by you both, two witnesses and the Registrar.
For more information on renewing your vows, contact our Ceremony Co-ordination team.