Wedding and Ceremonies updates - Coronavirus

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

 

   

Please note: Due to the very high customer demand for Notice of Marriage appointments we have temporarily suspended our online booking function. If your ceremony date is within the next 3 months please contact the Registration Service directly ensuring you use the correct contact details below:

If you live in Northampton, Daventry and Towcester please contact West Northamptonshire Council - registrationservice.ncc@westnorthants.gov.uk

If you live in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby please contact North Northamptonshire Council - registrationservice.ncc@northnorthants.gov.uk

Latest updates and changes

Booking a notice of marriage or civil partnership

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the very high customer demand for Notice of Marriage appointments we have temporarily suspended our online booking function. If your ceremony date is within the next 3 months please contact us directly using the relevant email address below.

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.

 Legal changes to notice of marriage & civil partnership from 1 July 2021

If you are a citizen of an EEA country from 1 July 2021 legislation comes into effect on changes to freedom of movement in the UK. Therefore, to give your notice of marriage or civil partnership as a relevant national you will need to confirm your EUSS settled or pre – settled status or have a pending application. You will be required to share a 6 digit code so we can verify your status at your notice appointment or alternatively provide your certificate of application. You can do this on the Gov.uk website:

All codes last 30 days so please be mindful when you request for this in readiness for your appointment. If you are unable to prove your status we may not be able to proceed with your appointment and our normal Terms and Conditions regarding refunds will apply, which may mean you will have to repay the cost of the unsuccessful appointment.

 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.

From 19 July, the rules for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies; and wedding receptions and civil partnership celebrations will change. At Step 4:

  1. There are no legal restrictions on the number of people that can attend a wedding, civil partnership, reception or celebration.
  2. Legal requirements for social distancing will no longer apply and you will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  3. Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. However, the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  4. COVID-secure rules, including table service requirements and restrictions on singing and dancing, will no longer apply. However, there are steps everyone should continue to consider to reduce the risk of transmission, which are explained in this guidance. All businesses should follow the principles set out in the  working safely guidance.
  5. If someone has been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19, or they're the close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must still self-isolate and not attend.

Please be aware that if you have your ceremony booked in any of our ceremony rooms below the numbers are as follows. These numbers have been decided by teams that manage these spaces and must be adhered to regardless of the restrictions being lifted. These new capacities will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

​LocationCapacity​
​Ceremony Room – Guildhall ​50 including the couple
​Civic Room – The Forum Towcester ​30 including the couple
​The Mayors Parlour – Kettering ​42 including the couple
​The Council Chamber – Corby ​100 including the couple
​Fletton House – Oundle ​30 including the couple
​The Council Chamber – Wellingborough​55 including the couple

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

  • Please be advised that face coverings are no longer mandatory however wedding parties and guests will be encouraged to support Northamptonshire's response to the pandemic in wearing face coverings whilst indoors at all of our council buildings.

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 are due to be married imminently. Enquiries will be dealt with in order of original ceremony date.

More guidance on wedding and civil partnership ceremonies can be found on the Gov.uk website:

Citizenship ceremonies have now resumed and we are working hard to ensure all customers are completed within the designated timescales.

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.

We are in the process of contacting all recipients to advise them on a date for their ceremony, please be patient and do not contact us unless your certificate is due to expire within the next 6 weeks.  

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.

Citizenship ceremonies will take place with no more than 15 recipients per ceremony.  Currently guests cannot attend these ceremonies.  Recipients will need to wear a face covering whilst in attendance.