October 22, 2021

First with the Alderney News

Fancy marrying someone? New law allows ‘civil celebrants’ and beach weddings

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The Bailiwick’s forthcomingnew Marriage Law will allow couples freedom to marry at any venue on Alderney – including the island’s beaches.

The Marriage (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2020 comes into effect from March 1st.

The new legislation, approved by the Privy Council via a Projet de Loi, simplifies the administrative procedure required before a couple are married, while ensuring safeguards are in place to prevent illegal marriages.

Under the new law couples can choose to be married in the same way that is available today or choose a number of different venues around the island, including hotels. It will also be permitted to be married outside, be that in the garden of a house or hotel, on the cliffs or on the beach.


There will also be a new category of Civil Celebrant licenced to solemnise marriages. Civil Celebrants will undergo training arranged by the Registrar General of Marriages so that they can help arrange the marriage and conduct a legal, recognised marriage ceremony. They will operate in a private capacity, either self-employed or through one of the Island’s businesses that provide wedding services.

Court of Alderney Greffier, David Knight, said:

“Couples don’t need to be resident in Alderney before the wedding, so couples from Guernsey, Jersey, France, the UK and beyond can visit Alderney with their guests for their beautiful island wedding.

“This is an exciting opportunity for people to come forward as wedding celebrants, to provide bespoke Alderney weddings.”


Anyone in Alderney that is interested in applying to become a Civil Celebrant should contact the Alderney Court Office on 01481 820050 to discuss the opportunity before registering with the Guernsey Registrar-General

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