Which do you require?
Your wedding ceremony can take place a couple of hours, days, weeks or months after the legal registration at the Register Office. You are then not restricted to a set legal format, which also allows you to incorporate spiritual language, music and literature, these are not permitted in Registry offices, or Licensed venues with a Registrar present.
Civil Partnership ceremonies (between two people of the same sex) are also not restricted to a set format, once the legal process is completed, you are free to incorporate spiritual language, music and literature which is not otherwise permitted in Registry offices, or Licensed venues with a Registrar present.
An alternative betrothal - where two people declare a binding union between themselves for a lifetime (sometimes for a year and a day, as an engagement). Some use a traditional approach, (ending with a jump over a broom or a fire) while others elaborate on the basic idea of handfasting and largely create a new ceremony. This approach is useful those couples who may not share the same beliefs and wish to create a new way that works for both of them.
A ceremony during which a child is given their name! It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved, is part of a family and a wider community. The timing can vary from just a few days after birth to several months or many years afterwards. Ceremonies may also include religious or cultural significance.
Welcoming a new baby or child into the family is a huge cause for celebration, but the adoption hearing can be all too brief. Once the judge grants the adoption order, complete parental responsibility is given, as if the child was born into the family – they even take the surname. An Adoption ceremony can allow friends and family the opportunity to mark this occasion with the appropriate sentiment. A ceremonial document can be handed over during the ceremony instead of the formal adoption order.