Civil Ceremonies

At Lantallack, we offer a variety of locations for the civil ceremony including inside and outside spaces. We can offer suggestions and advice for your big day, whether you choose a civil marriage, civil partnership or civil marriage. At a civil ceremony, you are free to write your own wedding vows and personalise your ceremony. We offer you our support and assistance to achieve your dream. Lantallack’s setting is idyllic with a backdrop of glorious views. We are now licensed as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships. The gardens, orchard, walled garden and pool terrace offer a spectacular venue for those wanting somewhere intimate and beautiful.

Lanttalack wedding eco friendly venueYou can say your vows either inside the lovely old open 17th century Cart Barn adjacent to the pool terrace, under the canopy of the Wisteria Walk or in the Conservatory off the Walled Garden, with all your friends around you. Wherever you choose to say your vows it will be a romantic corner. Whatever your dreams and inspirations we can help make it the day you want it to be. We can offer tailor-made ceremonies so couples are able to not only marry legally on our site but may also tie the knot with a Celtic wedding blessing.

Civil marriage

Lantallack is fully approved for offering civil marriages. To be able to legally marry at Lantallack, you and your fiancé must both notify, in person, our local superintendent registrar at least 28 days before your wedding. This is then valid for one year, after which time, you will need to reapply. It costs approximately £45 each for the notification, plus a payment for the registrar to come out to conduct the ceremony. The registrar fees are paid directly to the registrar’s office.

Same sex partnership

Same-sex couples can legally register their relationship as a civil partnership. As with a civil marriage, you will be required to give notice of your intention to marry in person at our local register office at least 28 days before.

Same sex marriage

Since March 2014, same-sex couples are legally entitled to marry in the UK. The process is exactly the same as for heterosexual couples and you are granted the same rights as every single married couple in England, Wales and Scotland.

Converting your civil partnership into a marriage

Since the change in law many couples have decided to convert their civil partnership into a marriage. The conversion itself is a very simple process involving one meeting with a superintendent registrar, however you can celebrate with a ceremony at Lantallack where the superintendent registrar will be in attendance.

Ceremonies

All of these ceremonies are non-legal so have to be preceded by a small legal ceremony such as at the register office. These ceremonies offer lots of opportunity for the couple to make it their own.

Non-religious ceremonies

These are normally short, more informal and intimate ceremonies. If you wish to marry at a registry office, one thing to consider is that the registrar might have time constraints due to other weddings or events on the same day that he must be present for. Also, some registrar offices may not have the romantic ambience that you are looking for and can have limits on music and bringing food on the premises.

Humanist ceremonies

Instead of traditional wedding vows, couples exchange their own written vows that speak of their love and promises to each other. Humanist ceremonies sometimes contain elements of a religious ceremony, for example, the exchange rings and selected readings, which have the feel of a religious ceremony, but they are not held in churches and God is not mentioned.

Interfaith ceremony

Historically, religions were unsupportive of interfaith marriages. Traditions have relaxed over time and more religions, though not all, have found ways to permit interfaith unions for their members. For many couples, a ceremony that incorporates aspects of their own religions, if that’s important to them, works well in a civil ceremony. Interfaith weddings between a couple with a Christian and Jewish faith have incorporated prayers mentioning Jesus through the ceremony, and then ended with the groom doing the traditional Jewish stomping on the glass as everyone cheered Mazel Tov! An independent celebrant will work with you, over at least a couple of meetings, to design a ceremony which is totally right for you, including numerous symbolic gestures which can be drawn from many traditions and cultures.

UK legalities for marriage

Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK

  1. You must over 18 to marry legally, although 16-year-olds are able to marry with their parent’s permission.
  2. You must both be eligible to marry. If you have previously been married, you are required to provide evidence that your earlier marriage is legally ended.
  3. Ceremonies can now take place at any time of day. Before October 2012, wedding ceremonies were legally required to take place between 8am and 6pm. Now, if you want a midnight ceremony or a sunrise or a sunset ceremony, you can do this.
  4. Two witnesses must be present at all times during your wedding ceremony