Marriage and civil partnership

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – marriages and civil partnerships

Thurrock Register Office is open for booked appointments only. You must not visit if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors must follow safety requests from staff.

Due to problems with the UK national Registration Online (RON) system, appointments are taking longer than usual and there may be a delay in the next available appointment. We are experiencing a high demand for Register Office services, but we will answer your phone or email enquiries as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The number of people who can attend a ceremony depends on how many the venue can safely hold, based on a COVID-19 risk assessment. Guests must follow coronavirus (COVID-19) safety rules.

Ceremonies must be conducted in a 'reasonable time'. For Register Office ceremonies – limited to the couple plus 2 witnesses attending – we will use the Traditional ceremony.

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.