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Commitment, renewal of vows and baby naming ceremonies

Commitment ceremonies

If you do not wish, or are unable, to get married or form a civil partnership, a commitment ceremony could be for you.

A commitment ceremony has no legal basis, but can be wonderful occasion to celebrate with family and friends. Ceremonies can be held in Hackney Town Hall, in one of our approved premises or even in your own home.

There are certain conditions which apply to a home ceremony, including a pre-ceremony visit to you home. Two registrars will conduct your ceremony. If it is at a weekend, at an approved premise or in your home we will offer a personalised ceremony.

During the ceremony, a record of the ceremony is signed by the couple, witnesses and the registrar. You will receive a commemorative certificate.

Renewal of vows

This ceremony is for any married couple or civil partners to celebrate reaffirming their vows. A renewal of vows ceremony has no legal basis but is a lovely opportunity to create an occasion out of your anniversary.

Ceremonies can be held in Hackney Town Hall, in an approved premise or even in your own home. There are certain conditions which apply to a home ceremony, including a pre-ceremony visit to you home. Two registrars will conduct your ceremony and if it is at a weekend, at an approved premise or in your home we will offer a personalised ceremony.

During the ceremony, a record of the ceremony is signed by the couple, witnesses and the registrar – the perfect opportunity to re-create your original ceremony photographs. You will receive a commemorative certificate.

Baby naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a way of showing love and support for your child. A naming ceremony has no legal basis but it gives parents the opportunity to welcome their child into the family.

You can hold the ceremony at Hackney Town Hall, an approved premises or even in your own home. There are certain conditions which apply to a home ceremony, including a visit to your home before the ceremony. Two registrars will conduct your ceremony. We’ll also offer a personalised ceremony if it’s on a weekend, at an approved premises, or at home.

During the ceremony, the parents, supporting parents and the registrar sign a record. You will receive a commemorative certificate.

Page updated on: 4 June 2019

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