Renewal of vows

Renewal of vows

What is a renewal of vows?

A renewal of vows is a wonderful opportunity for you and your husband, wife, or civil partner, to re-affirm your commitment to each other.

This could be to commemorate an anniversary or to hold a ceremony for friends and family that were unable to attend your original ceremony.

You may wish to have a full ceremony involving your family and friends or a very small private ceremony for just you as a couple. The choice is yours to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you.

What does the ceremony involve?

The ceremony is conducted by a civil celebrant from the Southampton Registration Service team.

There is no legal status to a renewal of vows ceremony and, as they are conducted by a civil celebrant, there can be no religious content.

The civil celebrant will conduct a non-religious ceremony that is personalised by your choice of promises, readings and music. Readings can be given by anybody present at the ceremony, or if your prefer they can be read by the celebrant taking the ceremony.

How can I make my ceremony special?

As a renewal of vows ceremony has no legal status it is very flexible.

Although the ceremony cannot contain any religious content, you have choices to make for your ceremony and readings for your guests to be involved in, if you want them to be.

Where can I have a renewal of vows ceremony?

A renewal of vows ceremony can take place in our beautiful Golden Jubilee Room or any of our Approved Premises throughout the City.

When can I have the ceremony?

Ceremonies at our Golden Jubilee Room can take place Monday to Saturday, subject to availability.

At approved premises, ceremonies can take place Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays (with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years' Day), subject to availability.

Will I get something to remember the ceremony by?

As a lasting reminder of your special day, we will present you with a framed commemorative certificate.

How much does a ceremony cost?

Full details on all our fees and booking terms are detailed on our ceremony fees page.

How do I book a ceremony?

To book a ceremony you will need to contact the Register Office and request a provisional booking. You can do this using our online form.

We will aim to get back to you within five working days.

What happens next

We will get in contact to make a booking. A non-refundable booking fee will be required to be paid at this time.

Once you have booked your ceremony, you will be sent an information pack that will include a choice of readings and promises that you can use to complete your 'Notes for Ceremony' form which will help create your ceremony.

You will need to complete the 'Notes for Ceremony' form online, or on paper, four weeks prior to your ceremony as this will help us to construct your ceremony around the choices you have made. If you have completed a paper form you will need to return the form to the Register Office by post, or in person.

You will also need to provide us with a copy of your marriage certificate.