On Monday 23 March the Government announced that all gatherings of more than two people in public and all social events including weddings would be stopped, initially for three weeks.  On Thursday 16 April the Government announced a further three week suspension of these activities.  As such, all ceremonies for at least the next three weeks from Thursday 16 April 2020 are no longer able to go ahead.

The Government have announced on Monday 11 May that they have set out their intention to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June.  There has been no confirmation as to the size of wedding party, location etc and the Local Registration Service are working with the General Register Office to gain further detail.  At present, as per the Governments advice, there is no change to previous guidance and wedding ceremonies cannot take place.  We will update this site as soon as we have more information.

Please see the below for guidance on pre-booked ceremonies.


Ceremonies booked at Approved Venues

We are working with our Approved Venues and are aware that your ceremony may be postponed by your venue.  At present, the closure will be reviewed by the government monthly, and we are therefore aware of the uncertainty this causes for ceremonies booked in April and beyond.

The Government have said they will stop all social events including weddings from 16 April and will review this again in three weeks. My ceremony is towards the end of May or later. Will it still go ahead?

We do not know how long the current situation will last as the Government will review this monthly. Please speak with your venue to discuss their current situation and take initial guidance from them.  If you wish to postpone your ceremony, please see the below guidance on how to do this.

I need to or wish to postpone my ceremony and have a new date I would like to move my ceremony to. How do I do this?

If your venue has already contacted you to cancel your ceremony booked over the next few weeks and you have a new date that you would like to book with us, please firstly ensure the venue can accommodate this date.  Once you have done this, please contact us back by email with the new date and time and we will move your ceremony and confirm back to you once this is done.  There will be no extra charge from Staffordshire Registration Service for moving a ceremony in this circumstance.

I need to or wish to postpone my ceremony, but I don’t have a new date yet. What happens to my booking with the Registration Service?

If you have not yet chosen a new date for your ceremony, we will hold your booking with us.  Please contact us by email when you have a new date and time and we will contact you to confirm we can move your ceremony to that date.  There will be no extra charge from Staffordshire Registration Service for moving a ceremony in this circumstance.

If your venue has not yet postponed your current date for late April or beyond, we will hold your booking for you and should your ceremony be postponed if the current government closure is extended, the above would also apply to you with regard to re-arranging your ceremony with us.


Registration Office Marriages

Can my Registration Office ceremony still go ahead?

The current government announcement to stop all gatherings of more than two people in public and to stop all social events including weddings for at least three more weeks from 16 April means any ceremony within this time cannot go ahead.

We will work with you to re-arrange your ceremony as soon as possible.  If you know what date you wish to move your ceremony to, please contact us back by email with the new date and time and we will move your ceremony and confirm back to you once this is done.  There will be no extra charge from Staffordshire Registration Service for moving a ceremony in this circumstance.

If you have not yet chosen a new date for your ceremony, we will hold your booking for you.  Please contact us when you have a new date and time and we will contact you to confirm we can move your ceremony to that date.  There will be no extra charge from Staffordshire Registration Service for moving a ceremony in this circumstance.

My ceremony is towards the end of May or later. Will it still go ahead?

We do not know how long the current situation will last as the Government will review this monthly. We understand that you may wish to postpone your ceremony and will work with you to do this.  If you know what date you wish to move your ceremony to, please contact us back by email with the new date and time and we will move your ceremony and confirm back to you once this is done.  There will be no extra charge from Staffordshire Registration Service for moving a ceremony in this circumstance.

We know this is a distressing time for you and we will do our utmost to help with advice and rearranging of ceremonies.  We would also ask for your patience and understanding if we are not as quick to respond as we would normally be, but we are experiencing a large number of queries from concerned couples and I assure you we will respond as quickly as possible.


Notice of Marriage

Do I have to do anything with regard to our Notice of Marriage?

If you had already given Notice of Marriage for your current ceremony date, the notice is venue specific and valid for 12 months from the date you gave notice.  If the date you choose to move your ceremony to is more than 12 months from the date of your notice, or if you have chosen to marry at a different venue, you will need to give notice again.  We will work with you to help with this and await instruction from the General Register Office for more detail.

In line with recent Government measures new guidelines have been issued which now prevent any notices of marriage or civil partnership from taking place during the current pandemic period.

Once restrictions have been eased it will be possible to make an appointment for notice of marriage/civil partnership and further advice will be posted here.

If you have a general enquiry please email registrarsenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 111 8000.


If you have contacted us via email, we are currently dealing with a high volume of enquiries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you.