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Renew your marriage vows

Leeds Register Office offers couples the chance to renew their marriage vows in a civil ceremony.

What is the ceremony?
This ceremony is for any married couple wishing to celebrate renewing their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony. It may be associated with a special wedding anniversary, or may be a wish to celebrate a renewed commitment to each other.

Can any married couple take part?
Any married couple, of any age and married for any length of time, can arrange a ceremony. You do not need to live in the area where you want to hold your ceremony.

Where do they take place?
Ceremonies are held at the Leeds Town Hall or at a number of suitable, approved venues throughout Leeds. Any venue holding current fire and safety regulations and public liability insurance will be deemed suitable to hold a renewal of marriage vows ceremony. Private homes are not considered suitable.

How to book
To make an enquiry regarding renewing your  marriage vows please ring 0113 2224408 to book a ceremony or to arrange a pre-ceremony meeting.

Please note that you will need to show your marriage certificate before you are able to book a ceremony. A deposit will be payable on booking. Fees and charges will vary according to the time, day and venue you choose for your ceremony.

Important notice
Renewal of marriage vows ceremonies have no legal effect. The registrar who conducts your ceremony will not be acting in an official capacity even if they also work as a registration officer. Similarly, the rooms which are used in Register Offices or elsewhere are not designated as marriage venues for the duration of the ceremony. These ceremonies are provided purely to celebrate the renewal of marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

It is possible for a couple who are already married to each other to marry again, in accordance with the law. They may wish to do this because they have reason to doubt the validity of their first marriage, or simply because they wish to fulfil the legal preliminaries and requirements of another marriage ceremony. Unlike renewal of marriage vows ceremonies, these ceremonies are legally binding. If you think that a marriage ceremony in accordance with the law is more appropriate to your needs, you can get further advice from the Superintendent Registrar.

What happens at a renewal of marriage vows ceremony?

​The ceremony will usually take 30 minutes. A typical ceremony may contain the following:

Introduction
Acknowledgement of any children of the marriage
Reading
Renewal of vows
Re-dedication of ring(s)
Giving of new ring(s) or gift(s)
Words from previous wedding guest (often best man, bridesmaid or bride's father)
Signing of certificate and closing words

Please note that the ceremony must not have any religious connection.

Cancelling a ceremony

We only accept cancellations from one of the parties. Cancellations can be made by phone, letter or email (register.headoffice@leeds.gov.uk). We will confirm cancellations in writing to both parties.

Ceremonies cancelled within 28 days of the ceremony taking place will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to 50% of the ceremony fee. All refunds will be made by cheque. No refunds can be made where no notice of cancellation is received up to the time of the ceremony.

Provisional booking administration fees cannot be refunded. ​​​​

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