Marriage and civil partnership

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – marriages and civil partnerships

Thurrock Register Office is accepting appointments for notices of marriage and civil partnerships. If you had already booked an appointment, we will contact you to arrange a new date and time. We will resume notices for later dates in due course.

Civil ceremonies can take place. We are prioritising ceremonies that were booked to take place in the Register Office, Lacey Room or Hawthorne Suite of the Thameside Complex between March and July. We will contact couples in due course to provide guidance and new terms and conditions before rescheduling your ceremony, should you wish to.

If your ceremony had been due to take place at one of our approved premises and you wish to change the date, you should email If you are keeping your original date, we will contact you in due course to provide further advice and guidance.

You must not come to the Register Office if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). All visitors must follow government social distancing guidance and safety requests from staff.

Commitment ceremonies

A commitment ceremony is a meaningful and dignified ceremony for adult couples.

The purpose of the ceremony is to make a public declaration of life-long commitment, love and dedication between 2 people. The occasion can be shared with family and friends or the ceremony can be held in private without guests.

Ceremonies are held in council venues, including register offices, civic buildings and approved premises such as hotels.

The ceremony is conducted by a celebrant who will meet with the couple prior to the actual occasion to offer advice and discuss requirements. The celebrant will treat any details relating to the ceremony with the strictest confidence.

Arrange a ceremony

Ceremonies are arranged by contacting the register office. A meeting will be set for you and the celebrant to meet and discuss your requirements and also to receive an information pack. The pack contains the ceremony framework and choices that will enable you to plan the ceremony in detail. Meetings usually take place at the register office.

Do think carefully about who you would like to invite, think about the words you will say to one another and whether you wish to exchange rings and or gifts. The ceremony can be tailored to suit your needs, making this a very special and memorable occasion, so do take time to consider your choices.

Thurrock Register Office
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX



  • 01375 372 822 – birth or death registration
  • 01375 375 245 – marriages or civil partnerships

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only

Our emergency out-of-hours contact service can be used for:

  • emergency death registrations for timely burials in line with religious or cultural practices
  • emergency marriages or civil partnerships for terminally ill residents.