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Celebratory Ceremonies

A Registrar-lead 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 married couple, regardless of how long they have been married, 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.

 

Civil Funerals

 

A Civil Funeral provides for a range of choices about the content and style of the ceremony creating a personal tribute and a celebration of life.  The Ceremony is appropriate for either a cremation or burial at any non-religious burial ground.  The person conducting the Ceremony is a trained professional Civil Funeral Celebrant who will offer help and advice on all the options available ensuring the ceremony reflects the wishes of the deceased and their family.

 

Civil Partnership Conversion

 

The conversion process is administrative in nature and does not require a ceremony, guests or witnesses however celebratory ceremonies are available at an additional cost. Any couple, regardless of how long they have been in a Civil Partnership may choose to celebrate their conversion. A celebratory ceremony can provide you with a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate your relationship and typically  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.

 

You can choose to have your ceremony at the Old Town Hall or at an approved venue

 

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

 

The fees for Celebratory Services, with effect from 1 February 2017 are as follows:

 

  Approved
Venue (eg hotel)

Council Chamber at Old Town Hall
(Capacity 60)

Monday - Friday £215* £235*
Saturday £280* £290*
Sunday £335* no ceremonies

 

 

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