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The Purpose of Civil Partnership

Purpose of Civil Partnership

Purpose of Civil Partnership

Below is our Purpose of Civil Partnership ceremony script. If you'd like to print it off, download the Purpose of Civil Partnership ceremony script.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you here today at [   ] My name is [   ] I am the Civil Partnership Registrar and with me is [   ] also a Civil Partnership Registrar.

We are here today to witness the joining in civil partnership of [   ] and [   ] who would like to thank you all for coming to celebrate the beginning of their new life together as Civil Partners.  Family and friends have come to be with them today, and it means a great deal to them that you can be here to share in their happiness and witness their civil partnership vows.

[   ] and [   ] the purpose of a civil partnership is that you may always love, care for, and support each other through the joys and sorrows of life. Entering a Civil partnership means making a commitment to life; to developing and maintaining co-operation, friendship and mutual respect. It calls for trust, understanding and encouragement.

Ladies and gentlemen, [   ] and [   ] have found in each other happiness, fulfilment and love. As a consequence of this they now wish to affirm their relationship and to offer to each other the security which comes from vows, sincerely made, and faithfully kept.

However, if any person here present knows of any lawful impediment to this civil partnership then they should declare it now.


(Please choose one of the following)

Partner 1/ Partner 2 

I [   ] pledge to share my life openly with [   ] I promise to cherish and tenderly care for you, to honour and encourage you. l will respect you as an individual and be true to you through good times and bad. To these things I give my word.


Partner 1/ Partner 2 

[   ] I choose you above all others, to share my life. I promise to honour this pledge as long as I live.

We have now come to the exchange of rings, which is the traditional way of sealing the vows you have both just made. A ring is an unbroken circle, it has no beginning and no end. It symbolises unending and everlasting love and is an outward sign of the lifelong promise you have made to each other.


Partner 1  [   ] I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, affection and respect, now and always.

Partner 2  [   ] I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, affection and respect, now and always.

Now the solemn moment has come for this couple to make their civil partnership contract with each other in the presence of you, their witnesses and guests.

(Each partner to repeat the following in turn)

“I declare that I know of no legal reason why we may not register as each other’s civil partner. I understand that on signing this document we will be forming a civil partnership with each other.”


We now come to the signing of the document, which will bind [   ] And [   ] together in law.

[   ] and [   ] Would you please step forward to sign / then your witnesses.

Now that the ceremony is over and the experience of living day by day as legal partners is about to begin, go and meet it gladly.

[   ] and [   ] you are now Partners in law.

Congratulations to you both!