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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?

Update – Roadmap to remove National restrictions in England – Plans for marriages and civil partnerships

Following the announcement on the 22nd of February the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified, but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step. 

Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England

Current national restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England prior to 29 March. The changes planned are:

  • Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
  • Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
  • Step 4: No earlier than 21 JuneNo legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme – from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)

For further government guidance please view this link

We will be calling all ceremonies that are due to be married in March and up until the 29th March 2021 to cancel and reschedule.  If in the meantime you would like to reschedule your ceremony please contact us.

Not all rooms at the Venue will be able to accommodate this number whilst adhering to social distancing. Please see below how many guests the room will be able to accommodate. If numbers on the day exceed that permitted, our registrars will request that numbers are reduced before your ceremony can begin. Where possible there will be a one-way system into Cheylesmore Manor House.

If you are getting married at an Approved venue in Coventry, we would advise you to get in touch with them to discuss their policy on social distancing as it may be different to the Local Authority.

If your ceremony is at Cheylesmore Manor House, the following maximum number of people will be allowed in the following rooms:

The Library Room: 4 people in total

The Black Prince Room: 6 People in total (from 29th March), 9 people in total (from the 12th April)

(These numbers are excl two Registrars)

Following guidance from Public Health the following measures will have been introduced for ceremonies at Cheylesmore Manor House they include:

  • A one-way system into Cheylesmore Manor House (excl Library Room as not possible)
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided by an usher at all entrances on arrival.
  • All chair covers will be removed and replaced with plastic seat covers that can be wiped down thoroughly between each ceremony.
  • Ceremony parties will only be allowed entrance into the building at the time your ceremony is due to start, any late arrivals will not be allowed into the building.  Please do not arrive any earlier than ten minutes before your ceremony.
  • Due to the current COVID situation regrettably we are not able to offer the facility of being walked down the aisle or being kept separate before your ceremony. The wedding party will be taken into the room at the same time as the guests.
  • If you choose to use rings or flowers in your ceremony they can only be touched by the couple. There will also be strictly no shaking of hands.
  • Guests will be kept 2m apart and must wear their own face covering. Bride and Groom or Civil Partners are excluded.
  • Children are welcome at your ceremony.  However, small children must always be kept with an adult, any children under the age of 2 are able to sit on a lap.
  • If any members of your wedding party need the lift you must liaise with the ceremony team beforehand.
  • To reduce the amount of time wedding ceremony parties are in the building ceremonies will be made shorter than usual to facilitate this.
  • We know how important it is to capture memories of your special day so your photographer can count as one of your party but must be seated with the rest of your guests. 
  • Your certificate will be produced and given to you on the day by a Registrar wearing gloves to avoid contamination.
  • An email will be sent to you a few days before the ceremony to remind you of any restrictions in place and to ensure that there is no one attending showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or in self-isolation.
  • You will need to provide the name, email address and telephone number for everyone attending your ceremony in line with the Government Track & Trace system.

Please download this document we have put together about your ceremony at Cheylesmore Manor House 'Couples guidance - ceremonies at Cheylesmore Manor House'

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 note that if you are rescheduling more than 3 months before the date of your ceremony without knowing what restrictions will be in place an admin fee will be payable.

Please get in touch by emailing us 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)


Stay safe everyone!