Baby naming & renewal of vows

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Register Office: The office is open for pre-booked appointments only. For all other enquiries please call 01733 864646.

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies:

If you have a ceremony booked you will have been contacted regarding the number of attendees you may be allowed under the Government’s plan for emerging from the current lockdown and roadmap to ease restrictions.

The planned changes are:

​Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees

Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees (see note ** below)

Step 3: No earlier than 17 May - Legal limit of 30 attendees (see note ** below)

Step 4: No earlier than 21 June - No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme - from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)

The plan is subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step.

The legal limit of attendees number includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but

those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

The number of attendees quoted above are the 'legal limits', but Covid 19 safety

measures means that the numbers may be less at certain venues.

Please note: Even after 12 April 2021, the Lawns room at the Register Office will remain restricted to 8 people (the couple, witnesses and guests) until further notice.

Ceremonies are subject to certain restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place in order to ensure social distancing at ceremonies and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission for those attending. They may affect what can be offered as part of the ceremony.

Please read the following carefully:

We are only able to take new ceremony bookings for dates that are at least 6 months ahead of your enquiry. If you would like to make a new booking please contact us. Alternatively, if you have an existing booking and want to change the date, please get in touch with us.

Birth registrations: You can continue to register the birth of your baby. There may be a longer wait than usual for an appointment and we thank you for your patience.

For more information, please go to the Register a birth page.

Death registrations: These take place over the telephone. You must not come to the Register Office. Please ensure the contact number you give us when making your appointment is correct as this is the number the registrar will phone you on to complete the registration. During the call, the registrar will explain the process for the paperwork.

For more information, please go to the Register a death page.

Notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments: If you have an appointment booked with us then please still attend as these appointments are continuing. We are contacting, in ceremony date order, those couples who need to give their notice of intention.

Citizenship Ceremonies: Small group citizenship ceremonies are being held. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Guidance on the restrictions applying to citizenship ceremonies can be read online - please read this carefully.

Certificates: Orders can only be taken for certificates from recently registered births and deaths. The priority service is suspended.

EUSS service: This service is not currently being offered.

Updated: 01 April 2021

Naming ceremony

A naming ceremony is designed to provide a dignified and formal opportunity to welcome a new member to the family and to the community.

During the non-religious ceremony you can announce the names that you have chosen, make commitment promises to your child and also choose other adults to provide support. Family and friends are usually invited to share in the occasion.

These ceremonies are not just for babies - children of any age can have a naming ceremony. A commemorative certificate will be signed and presented as part of the ceremony.

Renewal of vows

The ceremony can be associated with a special anniversary but is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage or partnership who wish to celebrate their commitment to each other.

A commemorative certificate of the renewal of vows ceremony will be signed and presented during the event.

This non-religious ceremony is chosen by you to create a unique event to be remembered and shared by your family and friends.

The occasion can be held in the Lawns ceremony room at the register office or at one of our licensed venues in the Peterborough district.


Our fee includes a commemorative certificate of the occasion and a personalised copy of your ceremony script which will be presented to you as a lasting memento of the day. At the booking appointment we will discuss your ceremony requirements and collect the appropriate fee. We accept payment by cash, cheque/postal order or credit/debit card.

Ceremonies held in the Lawns room or at a licensed venue: Monday to Thursday*

Friday and Saturday


1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022




1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023




Midweek Lawns ceremonies are only held on Mondays
 Sunday ceremonies at licensed venues only - not at the Lawns

Please note: Ceremonies are not held on a bank holiday. Other than assistance dogs, we do not allow animals at ceremonies.


If you are interested in arranging one of these ceremonies or just want to find out more, please contact the Peterborough register office.

Cancellation and amendments

In the event that you need to cancel a ceremony for which you have already paid, you will be required to provide your request in writing to Peterborough register office and it will be subject to the following guidelines:

  • six months or more notice of cancellation - full refund (less a £20 administration fee)
  • three to six months notice of cancellation - 50% refund (less a £20 administration fee)
  • less than three months notice of cancellation (or failure to cancel) - no refund
  • in the event that you need to change the date of your ceremony a £20 administration fee will be payable
  • in the event that you need to change the time of your ceremony no administration fee will be charged.