A civil marriage is a non-religious ceremony performed by a Superintendent Registrar or Deputy Superintendent Registrar. You may have a civil marriage in any register office or at any approved venue of your choice in England or Wales.
We will guide you through some of the procedures you will need to follow including:
Personalising your ceremony
We are now taking bookings for 2014 including selected Sundays from April to September.
To check availability or book your ceremony call 020 7641 7500.
Join us for our next open evening at Mayfair Library on Thursday 14th November 5.15 - 7.00. We look forward to seeing you!
Marriages of same sex couples
We are very pleased to announce that same sex marriages can take place from the 29th March 2014. The Registrar General has now confirmed that this date is correct and given Register Offices further details.
Same sex marriages & notice of intention
Those couples not in an existing legal relationship will be able to give notice of marriage (which is the legal process to apply for a licence for marriage) from Thursday 13 March 2014. The first same sex marriages will therefore be able to take place (after the usual waiting period) on Saturday 29 March 2014.
If you would like to make a booking for a marriage on or after the 29th March 2014 please contact us as soon as possible. Same sex marriage can be booked to take place at Mayfair Library or any licensed venue. At Westminster we have over 140 licensed venues.
Notice of intention must be given a minimum of 16 days before the ceremony date but can be given up to a year in advance. Our diary for appointments for notice of marriage for ceremonies on or after the 29th March will be open to take bookings from Thursday 12th December. If you are Westminster residents you will need to give notice with us, you can also give notice with us if one of you is subject to immigration. Please note that notice appointments for the 13th March will be reserved for those who have a ceremony booking for the 29th March 2014.
If you already have a booking with us for a Civil Partnership ceremony on or after the 29th March 2014 and you wish to change this to a marriage ceremony, please contact us to advise.
Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Civil Partnership is still available to same sex couples.
Conversions and couples already in an existing legal relationship
Couples currently in a Civil Partnership will be able to convert their Civil Partnership into a marriage, if they wish. Conversions will be brought in at a later date, currently proposed to be towards the end of 2014. We do not currently have any details on this process.
We hope the above is useful. However if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
Westminster Register Office
See our approved ceremony venue page for special offers!
You can view our brochure online or download a copy
Find out about the procedures you will need to follow before getting married
There are over 130 approved venues in Westminster
Find out how to give notice of intention and what documents you must bring with you to your appointment
Are you or your partner subject to immigration controls?
Find out how to obtain copies of certificates of marriages that took place in Westminster from 1837 to today
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