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COVID-19 Update

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The Prime Minister has announced the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The latest rules disclose that marriages and civil partnerships can commence from Monday 17 May 2021 with up to 30 people including the couple. However, please be advised that social distancing measures are still in place and so capacities in our ceremony rooms will continue to be limited. You can find out more information about how many guests each of our rooms can accommodate. The roadmap for weddings outlines four steps for easing restrictions, increasing numbers allowed for ceremonies at each step.

If you would like to read the published guidance in full, visit the Government website.

How do I reschedule my marriage or civil partnership?

You can check availability for a new date and then email us at registrars@rbkc.gov.uk with your preferred new date and time. Your ceremony can then be rescheduled. If your ceremony is to take place in the Register Office, please contact us directly and we will let you know the next available timeslot. Please do not book a new time or date as this will charge you.

Do I have to wear a mask?

The Government has updated the guidance on face coverings at Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England and Wales. From Saturday 8 August 2020, guests at your ceremony will be required to wear a face covering. This applies for ceremonies taking place in Chelsea Old Town Hall or at an approved venue in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Face coverings are not required for the bride, groom or those becoming civil partners during the ceremony, but must be worn as you enter and exit the building.

How many guests are allowed at a marriage or civil partnership ceremony?

The Prime Minister has announced the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The latest rules disclose that marriages and civil partnerships can commence from Monday 17 May 2021 with up to 30 people people including the couple. However, please be advised that social distancing measures are still in place and so capacities in our ceremony rooms will continue to be limited. You can find out more information about how many guests each of our rooms can accommodate below 

Step One, from 29 March:

  • The Brydon Room will allow the couple + 4 guests 
  • The Rossetti Room will allow the couple + 4 guests
  • The Harrington room can accommodate a total of 4 guests

Step Two, not earlier than 12 April:

  • The Brydon Room will allow the couple + 13 guests 
  • The Rossetti Room will allow the couple + 8 guests
  • The Harrington room can accommodate a total of 4 guests

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May:

  • The Brydon Room will allow the couple + 18 guests 
  • The Rossetti Room will allow the couple + 8 guests
  • The Harrington room can accommodate a total of 4 guests

Step 4, no earlier than 21 June:

  • The Brydon Room will allow the couple + 38 guests 
  • The Rossetti Room will allow the couple + 12 guests
  • The Harrington room can accommodate a total of 8 guests

 

Where do I arrive?

If your ceremony is taking place in the Chelsea Old Town Hall, on the day of the ceremony, we ask that you and your official guests arrive 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony so we can ensure, wherever possible, that it will start on time. You and your official guests should enter via the side entrance of the Registrars department at Chelsea Old Town Hall, on Chelsea Manor Street. 

If you are marrying in an approved venue, you should liaise with the venue coordinator who will be able to advise you where to arrive.

What happens during the pre-ceremony interview?

Your registrars will need to do a short and easy interview with you and your partner before the start of your ceremony. You do not need to bring any documents with you to this interview – except in the rare circumstance that you’ve officially changed your name after giving notice but before getting married. This interview will be done in private and shouldn’t last more than 10 minutes.

Can I request to be kept separate for our pre-ceremony interview?

It will not be possible for the two of you to be interviewed separately as the pre-ceremony interview will take place in the ceremony room with both of you present.

If I choose to proceed with my ceremony, can I request a refund for having a smaller wedding party?

The cost of your ceremony is defined by the room that you choose and not the number of guests in attendance. An example of this is that there is no differentiation in price in the Brydon Room if a couple chooses to bring just two witnesses or four guests.

We therefore regret that we cannot partially refund your ceremony attendance fee based on the fact that fewer guests will be attending. You can choose to move to a smaller room if you wish but this will be subject to availability.

How do I know if my paperwork is still valid?

You have a year to get married or enter into a civil partnership from the date you gave notice of intention.  If you are unsure of your notice date, please email registrars@rbkc.gov.uk and we will email you back the date.

Who do I contact for more information?

We are dedicated to assist you as best as we can through this unprecedented time. If you have any questions that we have not answered above, please send us an email at registrars@rbkc.gov.uk or give us a call on 020 7361 4100.