The minimum legal requirement as part of your ceremony is to say declaratory and contracting words. You can choose from the following 3 options. We'll use 'Choice A' wording unless you tell us otherwise.
|Choice||Declaratory words||Contracting words|
|A||I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (full names) may not be joined in matrimony to (full names).||I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (full names) do take thee (full names) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.|
|B||I declare that I know of no legal reason why I (full names) may not be joined in marriage to (full names).||I (full names) take you (full names) to be my wedded wife/husband.|
|C||I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (full names) may not be joined in matrimony to (full names).||I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (full names) do take thee (full names) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband. I promise to care for you, to give you my love and friendship and to respect you and cherish you throughout the rest of our lives together.|
Civil partnership - promises
The minimum legal requirement to form a civil partnership is you read a declaration and sign a partnership schedule. If you wish to include promises and exchange of ring you'll be asked to choose from the following.
|Option|| Civil partnership promise|
|1||I, (full names) have chosen to spend my life with you (full names). I promise to be loving, loyal and faithful// for the rest of our lives.|
|2||I declare before these people that I will be caring and loving to you and promise to be supportive of you as an individual|
I will cherish and respect you throughout our lives together and will be faithful always.
|3||I promise to love and cherish you and always be your friend. I promise to value our relationship and always be honest with you. I will be there to comfort you in times of sorrow and rejoice with you in times of happiness.|
Own choice of promise. If you choose to write your own promises, please ensure there is no religious wording within the promises.
Before your promise can be included in the ceremony we'll need to approve it. Please let us have your prepared promise at least 7 working days prior to your ceremony.
Exchange of rings
|Option||Exchange of rings|
|1||I give you this ring as a symbol of our love and all that we share together.|
|2||I give you this ring as a token and pledge of my love for you. Wear it as a sign of my lifelong commitment to you.|
|3||This ring is a symbol of our love. Wear it always as a reminder of my promise to you today.|
Personalising your ceremony
Please contact us to discuss options for personalising your ceremony. You may wish to include things like bringing your own music, having readings read by your guests, saying additional vows or promises. Please be aware, legally, a civil ceremony can't include any religious content.