Celebratory events

Other than getting married in Cornwall, there's a whole host of other celebratory events you can hold in the county. 

Civil Partnerships

The Civil Partnership Act was brought into force on 5 December 2005. Important rights and responsibilities now flow from forming a civil partnership, helping same-sex couples to organise their lives together. The Civil Partnership Act allows same-sex couples to make a formal, legal commitment to each other by entering into a civil partnership and this is achieved by the signing of a schedule together. A ceremony is not a legal requirement of forming a civil partnership. However, Cornwall Registration Service offers the choice of a ceremony along with the registration. Any couple wishing to form a civil partnership will be required to give notice of their intention to register at a Registration Office in the local authority area where they live.  After the statutory waiting period, the registration can take place either at a Registration Office or an approved venue.

Booking a Date

If you wish to enquire about making a booking for a Civil Partnership, please contact your local ceremony team who will advise you of the procedure or go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/registration or e-mail: ceremonies@registration.cornwall.gov.uk or telephone 0300 1234 181.

Renewing your vows

This ceremony is for any couple either married or in a civil partnership, who wish to celebrate renewing their vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

Often these ceremonies are associated with a special anniversary, such as the tenth, twenty-fifth, fortieth, etc, but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage or civil partnership. It is sometimes particularly relevant to those who have been through a period which put a strain on their relationship, but who wish to celebrate their renewed commitment to each other. Many couples who get married or have a civil partnership abroad choose to renew their vows in a special event held for family and friends on their return.

Who are they for?

Any couple, married or in a civil partnership of any age and for any length of time, can arrange a Renewal of Vows Ceremony. You do not need to live in the area where you want to hold your ceremony.

Your Unique Ceremony

The Renewal of Vows ceremony is as individual as the couple arranging the celebration. The ceremony is created by the couple with the help of the Celebrant, and just as no two unions are the same, no two Renewal of Vows ceremonies will be the same. Take the time to consider which options are appropriate and have special meaning.

As you consider the choices and make your selections, you will be creating a unique ceremony reflecting your commitment to one another which will be fondly remembered by you and your guests. Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony, your children, guests who were at the wedding and any friends and relatives. You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event.

For more information on Renewal of Vows ceremonies go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/registration or contact us on 0300 1234 181 or e-mail: ceremonies@registration.cornwall.gov.uk

Naming ceremonies

When families are celebrating the birth of a new baby, they often feel the need for a special occasion to gather together their closest family and friends.  One way that this can be done is by holding a Naming Ceremony, designed to meet the individual needs of the family. This event provides a dignified and formal opportunity to:

  • Welcome the child into the family and wider community
  • Announce the names that have been chosen, and maybe give the reasons behind the choice
  • Make promises of commitment to nurture and support the child into adult life
  • Choose other adults prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to the child
  • Reflect on the miracle of birth and recognise that children are society’s hope for the future

Any parent can arrange a Naming Ceremony, whether married or not, with any spiritual or religious beliefs or with none or from any cultural background. Ceremonies can also be used to celebrate adoptive children and step-children into a new relationship and form part of the family bonding within an extended family unit. 

Your Unique Ceremony

Specially written ceremonies are available containing choices to make your Naming Ceremony unique with special meaning to your family. You will be able to choose promises to the child, promises to your partner, supporting adult promises to the child, include grandparents in the ceremony and even refer to absent guests.

You may choose from a selection of poems and readings to enhance the ceremony and can present your child with a special gift to mark the occasion. A souvenir record of the ceremony will be signed and presented during the event. For more information on Naming Ceremonies go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/registration or telephone 0300 1234 181 or e-mail: ceremonies@registration.cornwall.gov.uk