Ceremony booking conditions: Town Hall, Swinton

To ensure the safety of yourselves, guests and our staff we are required to ensure certain procedures and protections are in place during this time.

Please ensure you read and understand the following instructions to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

  • The couple to be married or forming a Civil Partnership will receive a phone call the week before the ceremony to confirm the details to be entered in the register/schedule.
  • Contact details will be taken and the numbers in your party to comply with the government track and trace policy – If you or any member of your party become unwell after your ceremony, it is your duty to inform this office by ringing 0161 793 2500.

Arrival for your ceremony

  • Only a maximum of 30 people, including brides/grooms/civil partners and their two witnesses, will be permitted into the ceremony. If you have a photographer, they will be included as one of your guests. We have no discretion on this matter so please don't ask registration staff to make exceptions or allowances. The number of guests should be kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Children (including babies and toddlers) will count towards your allowance of guests. They must not roam the ceremony room and on government advice, small children are to be held at all times by an adult of the same household.
  • Any prams, pushchairs or carry chairs will not be permitted into the building.
  • Any additional guests that arrive will not be permitted entrance to the ceremony and will be asked to vacate the Town Hall grounds completely
  • Guests should arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the allocated ceremony time and will be shown immediately into ceremony room. You will be required to hand sanitise on entrance and MUST be wearing a face mask. Please do not arrive early as we may not be able to let you into the building.
  • The couple to be married should arrive at the Register Office no later than 5 minutes before the ceremony.
  • Late arrivals will not be permitted, and the ceremony will be rearranged at a new fee charged to the couple.

The ceremony

  • Brides/grooms/civil partners can stand, however the rest of the wedding party will remain seated throughout the ceremony.
  • The ceremony can now include readings, poetry or music.
  • Face masks must be worn by all guests including witnesses throughout the ceremony. Bride/groom/civil partner are exempt, but if you choose to wear one, you will be asked to remove this during the spoken parts of the ceremony.
  • The rings can be held by the best man/witness if desired.
  • The schedule will be signed one person at a time whilst standing and maintaining social distancing.
  • There will be no certificate issued on the day. This will be posted first class the same or following working day. Extra certificates required can be ordered later either online or by telephone.
  • The entire party will immediately be escorted out of the building once the ceremony has concluded the schedule is signed and photographs are completed.


  • Photographs are permitted at the end of the ceremony but during the ceremony only one designated photographer will be permitted to take photographs from a designated area.
  • The use of the Town Hall gardens is permitted for photographs once you have vacated the building. You must not pose for photographs on the steps leading in and out of the Town Hall building.


  • There is a visitor’s car park available, however this is only free of charge for up to 30 minutes Monday to Friday. It is free of charge all day on a Saturday.
  • The car can park through the barrier providing the driver remains with the vehicle.
  • There will be no access to public toilets.

Keeping COVID-19 safe

  • There may be other appointments outside the Town Hall building when you arrive, therefore please ensure you keep to social distancing measures as you manoeuvre around the grounds.
  • If you or any of your wedding party are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with any other person displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you MUST NOT attend and notify this office at your earliest convenience.

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