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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Here at Coventry Register Office/Cheylesmore Manor House, we know just how tough a time this is on everyone and we are doing all that we can to support your plans. Our ceremony team are working their way through many calls.  Please bear with us but we think this may help:

I have a Marriage/Civil Partnership booked in the next couple of months.  Will it still go ahead?

The Government announcement (11 May 2020) in the Recovery Strategy document : ‘Our plan to rebuild’  stated the aim to ‘permit small wedding ceremonies no earlier than 1 June 2020.

At this stage we do not know:

  • How many attendees will constitute a 'small' wedding’
  • The locations where ceremonies will be permitted
  • The content that will be expected to be included in the ceremony.
  • The arrangements for ‘Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership’ (The legal preliminaries)
  • Any other restrictions or conditions that may apply. .

As we cannot be certain or give advice on any of these aspects until we receive more information and instruction from the government we are not taking any provisional bookings for ceremonies based on this preliminary announcement.

We understand you may wish to postpone or cancel your ceremony, and in these circumstances, we will cancel and refund your fees or change dates and times without charging any additional fee (if you are re-scheduling to a more expensive room or date then you will be required to pay the difference in the fee. ) Please note that if you decide to cancel your ceremony your deposit will not be refunded.

Please get in touch by emailing us ceremonyco-ordinator@coventry.gov.uk. Please note we are experiencing high levels of calls and emails at the moment, so it may take longer than expected to respond to you. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Key points to note:

  1. We will not charge for re-scheduling ceremonies, but you will need to pay for any additional fees if you choose a more expensive room/day/time etc or if new licences for marriage/civil partnership are required due to a change in date and/or location.
  2. You will get a full refund for cancellations. (excl deposit paid)
  3. In the event of a full pandemic where you may still want to go ahead with your ceremony, and it cannot be cancelled we will ensure that registrars who are not affected attend the ceremony. We have provisions in place for additional staffing to help deliver our essential services that cannot be delayed.

Stay safe everyone!