23rd March 2020 Your Ceremony and Covid-19 Update

COVID – 19

All our couples and their ceremonies are important to us, and we realise that this is a stressful time at the moment. All your carefully made plans are being thrown into the air and difficult conversations and decisions are to having to be had and made.

We are sure you will appreciate; we are currently prioritising couples who are due to marry in the next few weeks and ask for your patience whilst we work with these couples to help them rearrange their ceremony with us.

We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions which may be of use to you. We will respond to your email, it may just take us a bit longer than usual. Please accept our apologies

Q My venue has closed temporarily, what does this mean to my ceremony?

If your venue has temporarily closed and will be still be closed on the date of your planned ceremony, this means that unfortunately your ceremony will not be able to take place. Speak to your venue about alternative dates, and then speak with us about our availability for your new proposed date.

Q Can my ceremony with you still go ahead?

In the unlikely event that your venue is still open and operating, and government restrictions all, then we will be there to conduct your ceremony. Certain restrictions may apply. Please contact your registrar. Also follow our updates on social media; FaceBook @Yourceremony and Instagram @Yourceremony001 and our website

Q I want to rearrange the date of my wedding/ civil partnership, how do I do this?

Once a new date has been identified as a possible ceremony date, please contact us to check our availability. If your original ceremony is after the 1st July 2020, please contact the ceremonies team via email ceremonysupport@cheshireeast.gov.uk Please add your names and original ceremony date to the subject line of your email. We will respond as soon as possible.

If your original date is before the 1st July either email as above or call the ceremonies team on 01270 375140. We are prioritising couples due to marry with us in the next few weeks.

Q I don’t know yet what date I want to rearrange to, what do I do?

Your ceremony booking fee will be held until 31 December 2020 and any monies paid will be transferred to a new like for like booking. i.e. Approved Premise to Approved Premise in Cheshire East. The booking can take place for a future date beyond the end of the year but would need to be rebooked for the future date by 31 December 2020.

Q Will I have to pay to move my date?

No, however changing your date to a different day of the week or a future date when ceremony fee increases have already been published. Please check our current published fees here LINK

Q I have already given notice of marriage, will I need to do this again?

The answer to this is maybe. Your notices of marriage are valid for 12 months from the date you gave notice of marriage. When you rearrange your date with us, we will advise if new notices will need to be given.

Q if I have to give new notices, will I need to pay again?

The fee to give notice of marriage is a statutory fee set by central government and not Cheshire East Council. This means that this fee will need to be paid again

Q I have already given notice of marriage, if I want to change my venue, what do I need to do?

You will need to give notice again, as your notices are only valid for the venue you stated when you originally gave notice. The statutory fee to give notice will also need to be paid again.

Q Can I still get married at the Register Office?

We are still currently taking bookings for the Register Office from July 2020 onwards. Any couples currently booked to be married or contract their Civil Partnership at the Register Office will be contacted if it becomes necessary for us to rearrange or make any amendments to their booking with us. Due to the current situation, certain restrictions may apply and limited availability for ceremonies at the register Office.

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