The ceremony - marriage and civil partnerships

The ceremony is such a significant part of your day, and a little time spent planning with the registrars can make it very special. It is important to us that both you and your guests enjoy the ceremony.

What we provide

We are able to include additional ceremony options which can make the ceremony more personal for you.

You may wish to include a reading, or piece of poetry, or you may like to add personal vows to each other. It should be noted that any enhancements must not have any religious content, and must be approved by the registrar prior to the day. We will send you a booklet of readings and poetry suitable for civil ceremonies.

The bride, groom, civil partner, or both partners can invite a guest to give them away during the ceremony.

Syrett Suite

Further personalisation is possible if you are booking the syrett ceremonial room or a licensed venue as the couple can choose to see the registrar separately prior to the ceremony. This enables one or both parties to be escorted into the ceremonial room, by a relative and attendants or a friend, without having been seen by the assembled party.

The ceremonial room has an aisle making it possible for the couple to enter to the traditional bridal march, or to a favourite piece of music. It is also possible to add a formal exit following the ceremony, again to traditional music or something special to the couple. In the ceremonial room it is possible to have live music played, or for a guest to sing, in any of the places available for music.

Syrett small room

The ceremony in the small room is a basic ceremony and personalisation of the ceremony is therefore limited. The couple will be seen together before the ceremony and music will be provided for you. It is not possible to have your own choice of music in the small room.

Recordings and photographs

We understand that your day is very special and you may want to record it. A video camera may be used during the ceremony with the approval of the registrar. We do request that still photographs are not taken by guests during the actual ceremony, but every opportunity is given afterwards to take pictures.

Opening times

The register office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Find out more about organising a wedding with Bracknell Forest Register Office.

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