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Celebratory ceremonies

A celebratory ceremony can provide you with the opportunity to mark an important event with your family and friends. Our Registrars can offer advice and suggestions as to what could happen on the day and as the ceremony has no legal status they can be personalised.

Baby naming ceremonies

The baby naming ceremony provides parents, family and friends with an opportunity to welcome a child into the world, to make commitments of love and support, recognise responsibilities and share hopes and dreams for the future.

As it carries no legal status, each naming ceremony may be personalised and tailored to individual circumstances. Reading or poetry may be included along with music and perhaps gifts for the child.

Renewal of vows

A renewal of vows ceremony provides couples with a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate their relationship. Any couple, regardless of how long they have been married or in a civil partnership, may choose to renew their vows.

Typically a renewal of vows ceremony will include vows and re-dedication or giving of new rings. As the ceremony has no legal status it can be personalised ensuring that it is unique and meaningful for each couple.

Choosing the venue

You can choose to have your ceremony at the Old Town Hall in Bedford (with capacity for up to 75 guests), or at an approved venue. Have a look at the list of approved venues in Bedford Borough.

Please call to speak to a registrar on 01234 718 028 or email civil.registration@bedford.gov.uk for more information.

Fees for celebratory ceremonies

With effect from 1st January 2019, the fees are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday
    • Approved venue: £490*
    • Council Chamber at Old Town Hall: £207*
  • Friday and Saturday
    • Approved venue: £540*
    • Council Chamber at Old Town Hall: £310*
  • Sunday
    • Approved venue: £642*
    • Council Chamber at Old Town Hall: £362*
  • Bank Holiday
    • Approved venue: £672* (from 1 April 2018)
    • Council Chamber at Old Town Hall: £414* (from 1 April 2018)
  • Ceremony planning meeting £50

*We are unable to perform ceremonies on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year's Day.