Weddings and ceremonies

Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships are a form of civil union granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, allowing same-sex couples to obtain the same rights and responsibilties as civil marriage. Same-sex couples can get married or form a civil partnership or convert a civil partnership into a marriage in England or Wales. Opposite sex couples cannot form a civil partnership although the law is due to change to allow this in the future. We conduct Civil Partnerships across Kirklees and as with marriages you can combine bespoke ceremonies with your legalities.

Same sex couple dancing

Renewal of vows

A renewal of vows is a beautiful way for couples, who are married or in a civil partnership, to celebrate their years together and commitment to one another. The ceremony can be as grand or as simple as you wish, with some people inviting the original wedding party from the day, and other couples inviting new friends they have met together since. The ceremony can be a unique opportunity to celebrate a special anniversary and for many couples it is a personal statement of their love for each other and can be the precursor to a party or celebration.

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What happens at a renewal of vows ceremony

As you look through the various choices available to you, you will be creating a unique event that the two of you will treasure and your guests will remember. You can include your own ideas and wording, special poetry, original vows or readings from guests. You may also choose to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate for the event.

Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the arrival of your child and welcoming them into the family. It can also be a way of welcoming a child that has become part of your family through a new relationship, marriage or adoption or as a celebration of any name change including gender reassignment. A typical ceremony might include readings or poems, the appointment of supporting adults, a series of promises to the child by both the parents and supporting adults and the symbolic action of the signing of a certificate. Any parent, or anyone else who has parental responsiblity or legal guardianship of a child, can arrange a naming ceremony.

More information: Book a naming ceremony.

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Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are for adults whose application to become a British citizen has been accepted. If your application is successful, it is a legal requirement that you attend a ceremony, within 90 days of receiving your invitation.

If you don't attend a citizenship ceremony within this time, you might have to make a new application. Citizenship ceremonies are attended by the local dignitaries to welcome you to the borough. At the end of the ceremony you are presented with your British citizenship certificate.

More information: Book a citizenship ceremony.

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