Wedding and Ceremonies updates - Coronavirus

​See the latest updates and changes to Weddings and Ceremonies in Northamptonshire.

Latest updates and changes

Our notice of marriage or Civil Partnership booking page has now been reopened.

Please note :

With the creation of 2 new Unitary Authorities from 1 April 2021 the Registration Service will become 2 separate districts from this date.

To comply with current legislation a Notice of Marriage must be given before the ceremony can take place in the district where you reside. When booking a Notice of Marriage appointment please ensure that you select the correct office as follows:

  • Northampton, Daventry and Towcester will be in West Northamptonshire
  • Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby will be in North Northamptonshire

If you are in any doubt please contact registrationservice.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk for the North, or registrationservice.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk for the West. Please note that we are experiencing a very high number of enquiries and currently aim to respond within 14 working days.

This will allow you to book your appointments either via your online account if one has been created for you, or by visiting the booking page if your event is planned outside of Northamptonshire.

 Book an appointment

Due to the increase in demand due to Covid-19, we are not currently taking telephone calls. We will be responding to enquiries by email only.

For all enquiries please contact registrationservice.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk for North Northamptonshire Council, or registrationservice.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk for West Northamptonshire Council. and we will try our best to respond within fourteen working days. If you have submitted a ceremony enquiry form we will contact you in order of receipt date to discuss availability and make your booking. We are working with a large backlog of enquiries so please be patient and avoid completing multiple forms, as this only increases the backlog.

Ceremonies between now and June 21 2021

On 22 February the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified, but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step. 

Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England
Current national restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England prior to 29 March.

The changes planned are:

  • Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March - Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
  • Step 3: No earlier than 17 May - Legal limit of 30 attendees
  • Step 4: No earlier than 21 June - No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme - from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)

As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

Please note the maximum venue limits for wedding attendees at the following offices:

  • Corby - The Council Chamber  - 17 including the couple (20 including the couple after 17th May)
  • Kettering - The Mayors Parlour - 7 including the couple (11 including the couple after 17th May)
  • Northampton Ceremony Room - Guildhall  - 15 including the couple (26 including the couple after 17th May)
  • Oundle - Fletton House - 15 including the couple (22 including the couple after 17th May)
  • Towcester - The Civic Room at The Forum - 15 including the couple (15 including the couple after 17th May)
  • Wellingborough Swanspool House -15 including the couple (28 including the couple after 17th May)

Please note that office registration marriages that take place in the library are for the couple and 2 witnesses only.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please contact registrationservice.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk for North Northamptonshire Council, or registrationservice.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk for West Northamptonshire Council.  

Please note we are currently receiving a very high number of enquiries and currently aim to respond to emails within fourteen working days. Our focus will be on customers who were due to be married between now and 21 June 2021. Enquiries will be dealt with in order of original ceremony date.

Following the latest government announcement on 4 January 2021 regarding the national lockdown, citizenship ceremonies cannot currently take place in person. We will be contacting customers who are eligibile for a virtual ceremony over Zoom in due course. If you have an urgent query regarding a citizenship matter please contact registrationservice.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk for North Northamptonshire Council, or registrationservice.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk for West Northamptonshire Council.

Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office.

Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.

Please be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.