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Civil Partnership Ceremonies

A civil partnership is formed by you and your partner signing a civil partnership document witnessed by two people. It is a legal contract between a couple, within a licensed premises. This can be a Registration Office or an Approved Venue.

If you want, you may wish to include a ceremony. This will allow you truly celebrate your union and invite more than 2 guests.

The introduction of the Marriage (Same-Sex-Couples) Act 2013 legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Civil partnership ceremonies can still be performed for same-sex couples but carry different legal rights and obligations. More information can be found on the UK Government website.

If you wish to have a civil partnership ceremony, the process is similar to a civil marriage, but you will need to mention you want a civil partnership ceremony when you book Registrars and at your legal notice appointment.

Same-sex couples in a civil partnership can have it converted to a marriage (retrospectively) with or without a ceremony.

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