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Celebrant and Ceremony Registrar

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 14/07/2019 23:59
£21,166 to £24,799 (pro rata to hours worked)
Hours per week:
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Job Category:
Legal/Land Searches & Charges/Registrars of Births, Deaths & Marriages
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Employment Location:
Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR
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Closing date:
14 Jul

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This job is closed for applications.

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Celebrant and Ceremony Registrar

Summary of Post

Ceremony Registrars meet couples on one of the most important days of their lives and can make or mar the day by the way they conduct themselves and the ceremony. We are looking for a confident, capable person who is able to work with a wide variety of customers and deliver very high levels of customer satisfaction. You will be required to perform both roles as either a registrar or a celebrant to conduct statutory Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies at any of the venues within South Gloucestershire licensed for ceremonies, as well as celebratory Naming, Commitment and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies at any venue agreed by the Registration Service.

The post is for 80 ceremonies per year, most ceremonies are booked in the April to October period and successful applicants must be available during those months.

You will be paid monthly for ceremonies conducted according to a unit payment based on H10 for the Ceremony Registrar role (£10.97 per hour) and H9 for the Celebrant role (£12.85 per hour).

Unit payments start at one hour per ceremony, rising to 4 hours per ceremony, dependent on venue and date of ceremony.

Interview date – 31 July 2019.

Main Duties

Working as a Celebrant you will deliver the ceremony according to a script agreed between the couple and the registration service with a high level of customer care. You will also be responsible for ensuring the there are no legal reasons why the couple should not be married on the day. You will act as liaison between the registration service and the ceremony venue on the day and be able to put the couple at ease whilst dealing with any last minute questions they may have.

Working as a Registrar you will be responsible for checking that the paperwork is in order and there is nothing to prevent the marriage taking place on the day. You will also conduct the pre-ceremony interview with the couple. You make the handwritten entry in the register and prepare the marriage certificate to be presented to the couple on the day.

Selection Criteria
To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience sections of the application form.

Essential Criteria

You must have a good general standard of education, with 4 GCSEs level C or above including English and Maths, or experience and skills equivalent to NVQ Level 3 (Administration), as a minimum.

We require excellent customer care skills, as you will be dealing with people at a very important time in their lives. Experience of working in a variety of frontline customer service roles is essential.

You must demonstrate an ability to deliver a ceremony before a large group of people with sincerity and dignity. This role involves spoken communication so fluency in the English language is required.

As a Celebrant and Ceremony Registrar you will be legally responsible for the delivery of a statutory function and so you will need the ability to work to specified guidelines as laid down in the 1949 Marriage Act and later amendments. You will also be required to take responsibility for your own actions and have the ability to problem solve within a strict legal framework.

You must demonstrate an ability to pay meticulous attention to detail and must have neat and clear handwriting.

You will need to be flexible in the times and days you are called upon to work to fulfil the needs of the rota. You will also need to be prepared to step in at the last minute to provide emergency cover if required.

You must be punctual and reliable; you must have a clean driving licence and be able to provide your own transport.

You will need to be able to travel to various, sometimes isolated, locations in South Gloucestershire to carry out the various ceremonies and be capable of transporting, the Registrar’s briefcase containing paperwork and registers as necessary.

In addition, you will need to be prepared to dress to a standard deemed appropriate by the Superintendent Registrar and Proper Officer for Registration.

Desirable Criteria

Previous experience in the Registration Service.

Previous experience of working to detailed written instructions.

Experience of dealing with confidential information.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job advert, please contact Hilary Thomas, Deputy Superintendent Registrar on 01454 863140 or email hilary.thomas@southglos.gov.uk.

Salary: You will be paid monthly for ceremonies conducted according to a unit payment based on H10 for the Ceremony Registrar role (£10.97 per hour) and H9 for the Celebrant role (£12.85 per hour).

Unit payments start at one hour per ceremony, rising to 4 hours per ceremony, dependent on venue and date of ceremony.

Interview date – 31 July 2019

Special working conditions

Post holders are expected to cover approximately 80 ceremonies per year, as Celebrant and/or Ceremony Registrar.

Ceremonies are booked for all days in the week, but the majority of ceremonies are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and where possible the rota allocation will group ceremonies together so that you could expect to work 2 or 3 days on a working weekend.

You will be part of a team of 16 staff. For our “long range” planning, we require staff to be available for ceremonies for most weekends in the months April through to the end of October, reducing to fewer weekends during the months November to March.

For marriage ceremonies you will work as part of a team of two staff, for other ceremonies you will be working on your own at locations that have mostly been approved in advance for ceremonies.


The following disqualifications apply to anyone who wishes to be appointed to any Registrar’s post, and are applied at the time of the appointment and at all times during the appointment. These are contained in Regulation 5 of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Regulations 1968 as amended.

“No person shall be qualified for appointment

(a) to any registration office –

1. if he has been declared bankrupt and has not subsequently obtained his discharge, or he is the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order, or if he has made any composition or arrangement with his creditors and has not subsequently paid his debts in full or obtained a certificate of discharge;

2. if he is a person in relation to whom a moratorium period under a debt relief order applies (under Part 7A of the Insolvency Act 1986), or he is the subject of a debt relief restrictions order or an interim debt relief restrictions order (under Schedule 4ZB of the Insolvency Act 1986);

3. if he is, or has been during the 12 months preceding the date on which the appointment is to take effect, a member of the council or of a committee of the council having duties in relation to the appointment of registration officers;

4. if he holds any office as authorised person, secretary (for marriages) of a synagogue or registering officer of the Society of Friends;

5. if he is a minister of religion, a medical practitioner, a midwife, an undertaker or other person concerned in a burial or cremation business, a person engaged in any business concerned with life assurance, or a person engaged in any other calling which would conflict with or prevent the proper performance in person of the duties of the office for which he is a candidate

Closing Date: 14 July 2019

Vacancy Ref: CR9015CR9016/925/SS

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