Civil partnership

Enhanced ceremony

This ceremony may include poems, verse, music and your own vows.
The Registrar will begin the ceremony by welcoming you and your guests, explaining that the room has been sanctioned by law for the registration of civil partnerships.

You will the be asked the following question:

'Are you (your name) free to commit to a partnership with (your partner's name)'
Your response should be 'I am.'

You will then be asked to repeat the following declaration after the Registrar:

'I declare that I know of no legal reason why we may not register as each other's civil partner.'
Followed by:
'I (your name) make here today a public declaration of my love and loyalty to (your partner's name). I promise to love, honour and respect you for the rest of our lives together.'

You may then wish to exchange rings or gifts before signing the legal document also known as the 'schedule' and say the following:

'I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, commitment, affection and respect for you. Wear it with happiness and pride, now and always.'

Once you and your witnesses have signed the schedule you will become united in law. The Registrar will formerly declare this to you and your guests and offer their congratulations.

Civil partnership standard ceremony

Civil partnership simple signing

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