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An opportunity for couples to renew and celebrate their commitment

Our Renewal of Vows ceremony is a wonderful way of celebrating a special anniversary of the date of a marriage or civil partnership, although the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage or civil partnership.

These ceremonies can also provide an opportunity for a couple who may have got married abroad, to celebrate with family and friends who were unable to travel to the wedding.

Your unique ceremony
You will work closely with one of our experienced celebrants to select from the options available, and tailor a ceremony that will be special for you and your family.  Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for you to remember and treasure.

Just as no two couples are the same, no two ceremonies to renew their vows will be the same.  Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony, your children, guests who were at your wedding and any friends or members of your family.  You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event.

Venues that hold current fire and safety regulations and public liability insurance will be deemed suitable to hold a Renewal of Vows ceremony.  Please note however that private homes are not considered suitable.  A list of Registration Offices and Approved Premises which are licensed for civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies are listed in this brochure and are excellent locations for renewal of marriage vows ceremonies as these premises are experienced at holding such events.

We have even conducted Renewal of Vows ceremonies in some lakeside outdoor locations, sometimes following very closely after a legal civil marriage in a Registration Office or other licensed venue.

If you wish to discuss the suitability of a particular location please contact one of the Registration Offices.

Important Notice

Neither the Renewal of Vows ceremony nor any other document issued following the ceremony has any legal status.

No part of a Renewal of Vows ceremony offered by us may be of a religious nature.

Whilst Renewal of Vows ceremonies may be carried out in one of our Registration Offices, these premises are designated as private venues during these ceremonies.  Members of staff, who are Registrars, will be acting as celebrants when leading such ceremonies.

The fee for your ceremony will vary depending on the day, time and venue that you choose.  To discuss this and any other details please contact one of our Registration Offices.

Our Naming Ceremony offers an opportunity for you to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome adopted children or stepchildren into your family.

Although traditional christenings or baptisms are still popular, there is an increasing demand for an alternative, non-religious ceremony.

Each ceremony is unique to you and your family. You will have the chance to work closely with an experienced celebrant to select from the options available and tailor a ceremony that is special for you and your family. Every ceremony is different, so you can create something unique for your family to remember and treasure as your children grow.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?
Any parent, legal guardian or person who has parental responsibility of the child / children may arrange a ceremony. Parents do not have to be married to do so.

What are they for?
Naming ceremonies give you the opportunity to:

  • celebrate the naming of the child / children

  • express commitment to the child. The parent or parents pledge their care and love to their child in front of family and friends

  • bring the child into the family and community. Relatives and guests meet and welcome the newest member of the family

  • appoint mentors or supporting adults - a bit like nominating godparents. Family and friends can promise their help and support to the child as he or she grows up within their community

  • give grandparents the opportunity to make promises to support the parents in the raising of their new grandchild.

What happens in a naming ceremony?
Each ceremony is divided into sections:

  • Introduction and welcome

  • Naming of the child/children

  • Parents' promises

  • Supporting adults / mentors' promises

  • Readings and music

  • Signing of register and certificates

  • Presentation of gifts

  • Presentation of certificate

  • Closing words

You don't need to include every section in your ceremony. Each section can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

The length of ceremony depends on the type of ceremony and the different options you choose. We suggest that you allow 30 minutes for your ceremony.

Where can naming ceremonies be held?
We offer naming ceremonies in all our registration offices and at approved premises within the county. They may be celebrated on any day of the week except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

If you would like to use a different venue, for example a village hall, this would need to be discussed beforehand and visited by a member of the Registration Service to ensure it is a suitable venue for the ceremony.

How much will the ceremony cost?
The fee will vary depending on the day and time that you choose. For a ceremony in approved premises, you will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and fees.

Our fees are set out below and are valid until 31st March 2017. 

Naming Ceremony Fees
Monday-Thursday £ 200.00
Friday £ 215.00
Saturday £ 290.00
Sunday and Bank Holiday £ 315.00


If you have any questions or would like to make a booking for a naming ceremony, please call or email one of our Registration Offices.

From 1st January 2004, anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British Citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the citizenship ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the community. It is intended to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship is not a purely bureaucratic process.

Cumbria County Council is responsible for organising ceremonies for successful applicants living in the County on behalf of the Home Office.  A ceremony can be held at any point, but must be within three months of the Home office notification. The venue for a ceremony will be determined by where you live, but in Cumbria will usually be at the Register Office in Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle or Whitehaven.

As soon as Cumbria Registration Service receives notification that an applicant has been successful, the applicant is contacted by letter and asked to complete a questionnaire.  The purpose of the questionnaire is to establish further details, such as whether the applicant wishes to swear or affirm the oath and whether any guests will be attending the ceremony.  Once this has been received, the applicant will be notified about the date of their ceremony.

The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech (often by a local dignitary), and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate marks the point at which British citizenship is conferred. 

For further information please contact:

Carlisle Registration Office
Tel: 0300 303 2472


More and more people today are choosing to change their name.  There are many reasons for them doing this; they may not like their old name or may wish to emancipate themselves from an unhappy past, or it may be a gesture of family unity.

Cumbria Registration Service is now offering a Change of Name Deed service, which is an affordable option for clients.  Across the UK people can change their name at any time provided they do not intend to deceive or defraud.

A Change of Name Deed is an acceptable document to prove that a person has changed their name. It should be used in conjunction with a birth certificate and other supporting documents. The Passport Agency and other government departments are happy to accept a name deed as documentary evidence to change a name on a passport or other formal documents.

A Change of Name Deed will be prepared and witnessed by a trained Registration Officer and you will receive your name deed at the end of your appointment.
If you would like further details of this service, please contact any of the registration offices in Cumbria.