Welcome to one of the country’s leading publishers of Civil Ceremony guides for local authorities

In 1995 an amendment to the Marriage Act allowed couples to marry at approved venues.  Since then, there has been a major growth in professionally produced Civil Ceremony guides and The Design Place are proud to have been a major contributor to their success over the years. The guides are distributed by the Registration Service themselves, free of charge, to every couple planning a civil ceremony – and all are available to view online as a virtual brochure. The guides offer local businesses unique and targeted opportunities to advertise in, not just for the licensed venues, but for every business connected with the wedding industry – from florists to cars, musicians to caterers, wedding dresses to jewellery…the list goes on!

And to add to the civil ceremony guides, we now publish bereavement guides.  Produced for the local authority Registration Service, the guides are an invaluable source of information providing guidance, reassurance and support to help bereaved families through such a difficult time in their lives.  The bereavement guides are available free of charge and are distributed through the Register Offices, the Coroner’s Office, libraries and local hospitals.

To view the civil ceremony and bereavement guides we produce, click on a front cover above to open the virtual brochure.

Established in 1998 and based in Truro, The Design Place is at the forefront when it comes to producing civil ceremony guides and feel proud to have worked for many years on behalf of some of the largest local authorities in the country. With a dedicated team of knowledgable staff, we have a passion, commitment and flair we feel no one else can match. And when it comes to design…we think we hold the benchmark! Quite simply, we produce guides of sophistication and elegance, where editorial and advertising are harmoniously combined. We also set very high standards for ourselves; always professional, always courteous and always friendly! Contact us to find out just out how professional, courteous and friendly we really are!


“I have worked with Jeanette and her colleagues at The Design Place in Truro on a number of occasions and would whole heartedly recommend them. When I needed to advertise in existing and new areas they were able to deliver the goods, even for such a demanding client as me! They have always been a real pleasure to work with, collaborative, courteous and polite!”

Martin Lewis Photographer - Hampshire www.martinlewis.biz

“Working with The Design Place continues to be a pleasure; sales manager Jeanette is always a cheering voice on the 'phone while designer Alan efficiently translates my, occasionally nebulous, “what about...” ideas into a layout that works. We at Friars Court are delighted to be part of such a smart and stylish publication."

Jeffrey Cleaver, Friars Court, Wedding Venue - Oxfordshire www.silverpearweddings.co.uk

“I use The Design Place in relation to the ‘Oxfordshire - the place to marry’ publication. It is the only place for me to advertise! The service is friendly and timely and the communication throughout the process is easy. For me as a photographer it is great to see my images used in a creative way throughout the publication, presented in high quality print. Most importantly, my couples like the content and presentation and feel it is not just another wedding magazine full of advertising, but offers great content and useful hints and tips, supported by lovely layout.”

Tonja Fritz-Johnson, Wallingford Portraits & Weddings - Oxfordshire www.wallingfordportraits.co.uk

“I have continued to advertise as a Harpist in The Hertfordshire Celebrations Magazine for many years because its a very good publication, the quality of print and layout makes you want to read it. I send my photo and text and the designers do the rest and you get to approve the proof before it goes to print. The Design Place are a friendly personalised company to deal with and the distribution of the magazine goes to every couple getting married in Herts free of charge.”

Ruth Holden, Harpist - Hertfordshire www.liveharpist.com

The Design Place (Cornwall) Ltd
23 Mitchell Hill

Telephone: 01872 271414
Fax: 01872 271498

The Design Place has now shut down its computers for the very last time.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all our clients for the support and loyalty towards my business over the past 20 years. It has been an exciting and memorable journey.

Alan Brooke
The Design Place (Cornwall) Ltd