Ceremonies

This section provides general information on the range of wonderful venues available in Flintshire.  It also includes details of other ceremonies provided by the Registration Service. 

Online information and forms are also available for owners of properties wishing to apply for a licence as an approved ceremony venue.

Renewal of vows

A renewal of vows ceremony is for couples who wish to celebrate in a unique and personal way their original vows to each other, their years together and also to renew their commitment to one another.

More and more couples are choosing to renew their vows.  For some it's a unique opportunity to celebrate a special anniversary.  For others it helps to confirm their commitment to each other.  For many it is just a personal statement of their love for each other.

The ceremony is often associated with a special wedding or civil partnership anniversary, but it does not have to be, and it can be the precursor to a party or celebration.  Renewing your vows can be just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage or civil partnership.  It may be particularly relevant to those who have been through a period of unsettlement, which has put a strain on their relationship, and now wish to celebrate their renewed love and commitment.  Where couples have married abroad they often have few family and friends with them.  On their return home they may want some form of ceremony which their family and friends can share.  A Flintshire renewal of vows ceremony will be both appropriate and enjoyable in any of these circumstances. 

What information will be needed?

Whilst this ceremony has no legal effect it is a public statement by a couple of their continuing affection, love and commitment to each other. Your marriage certificate will need to be produced when booking the ceremony. 

Who are they for?

Any couple may arrange a renewal of vows ceremony.  The couple can be of any age and be married for any length of time.  You do not have to live in the area where you hold your ceremony. 

What does the ceremony contain?

There are a number of choices to make in how your ceremony is arranged.  A renewal of vows ceremony may contain any or all of the following:

• Introduction and welcome
• Acknowledgement of any children of the marriage
• Readings
• Poetry
• Renewal of vows
• Rededication of ring(s) or
• Giving of new ring(s) or gift(s)
• Messages from previous marriage guests (often the best man, bridesmaids or brides father)
• Special music
• Signing of commemorative certificate and closing words. 

Where can these ceremonies be held?

Ceremonies can be held in a range of selected venues which have been approved by Flintshire County Council.  Dates and times of ceremonies may vary between venues and couples are advised to check with the Register Office. 

How much does it cost?

The fees for ceremonies will vary depending upon the type of venue and the day of the week. 

Arranging the ceremony

If you are interested in arranging a renewal of vows ceremony and would like further details please contact us either by telephone on 01352 703333 or email Registrars@flintshire.gov.uk

Certificates

A commemorative renewal of vows certificate is given to the couple as part of the ceremony.

Naming Ceremonies

A welcoming ceremony can be a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming the new arrival into the family and the wider community.  It is also an opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be as good a parent as you can and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child.  These ceremonies are not just for babies.  Children of any age can have a ceremony and you may wish to include your other children as well as your new child.  A welcoming ceremony is, in every sense, a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they offer their love and support for your child's future development.

Choosing a venue
Ceremonies can be held in a range of specially selected venues, which have been approved by Flintshire County Council.

Arranging the ceremony
A Celebrant provided and trained by Flintshire County Council will conduct the ceremony.  Whilst the ceremony has no legal effect, the child's birth certificate will need to be produced when booking the ceremony.  If you are interested in arranging a baby naming ceremony or would like further details please call us on 01352 703333 or email Registrars@flintshire.gov.uk

Certificates
A commemorative baby naming certificates is given to parents as part of the ceremony.

Venues
To hold a civil ceremony at premises in Flintshire, the premises must be approved by the County Council.

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