Marriage and civil partnership

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – marriages and civil partnerships

Due to national restrictions set by the government, civil ceremonies for marriage and civil partnerships cannot take place from 5 November to 2 December. If your ceremony was due to take place during this time, we will contact you ask that you email your request for a new date and time to – we will contact you as soon as possible.

From 5 November to 2 December, the Register Office is open for pre-booked appointments only.

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.

Renewal of marriage vows

The renewal of marriage vows is a unique and personal ceremony.

Although many renewals take place at milestone anniversaries – for example, ruby, gold or diamond wedding anniversaries – the ceremony is just as appropriate at any stage of marriage. It is also ideal for a couple who are married abroad, but wish to have a celebration for those family and friends who were unable to attend the wedding.

A renewal of marriage vows ceremony is primarily celebratory. They have no legal effect and are not legally binding on those who participate, and must have no religious content.

You will need to ask 2 people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event, however.

Please contact us to arrange a renewal of marriage vows ceremony. We will be able to advise you on approved premises, available dates, and fees. You will need to show your marriage certificate before a renewal of marriage vows ceremony can be booked.

Renewal of marriage vows ceremonies last between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the number of options and readings chosen.

Ceremonies are offered in the register office on weekdays and Saturday mornings, or at any approved premises.

A celebrant will be appointed to conduct your ceremony, but will not be acting in any official capacity, even if they also work as a registrar. They will assist you in creating your own unique ceremony, and have been trained in conducting many different ceremonies – do ask their advice on anything you are unsure about.

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.