Update for Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Update for Period of National Restrictions

In order to support the UK Government’s Stay at Home message – only essential appointments will be undertaken

Marriage & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, from 5th January 2021 marriage and civil partnership ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances (for example, urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery).  In such circumstances, ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people, dependent on Covid-safe room capacity.  

NO receptions are allowed.

We are contacting couples with ceremonies booked during these restrictions to assist them in postponing, amending or cancelling their ceremony. 


Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership

During the period of the National Lockdown we will only be taking essential Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership appointments.

Those couples who live outside of Gloucestershire should contact their local Register Office to find out what arrangements they have put in place for notices which need to be given.


High Volume of Calls

On Mondays and at certain times of the day (particularly 12-2.30pm) we may experience a higher volume of calls to book birth and death appointments and ceremonies. Please bear with us and we will do our best to answer your call as soon as possible. Alternatively you can book online for birth or death appointments


Civil partnership conversions

If you wish to convert your civil partnership to a marriage you will be able to do so at any one of Gloucestershire’s Registration Offices.

It should be noted that the conversion process is not a marriage ceremony, it’s more like a commitment ceremony. You must see the Registration Officer here at the Registration Office where you will be required to provide proof that you are currently in a civil partnership and that it has not been dissolved.

Once you’ve met with the Registration Officer you may sign the conversion declaration there and then, or you may choose to complete the legal process as part of a non statutory celebratory conversion ceremony in one of our Approved Venues, so as to share the occasion with your family and friends

Once you have signed the conversion declaration you will be issued with a marriage certificate to prove that your civil partnership has been converted into a marriage.

Next step

For more information please contact our ceremonies team at ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01452 425060 (option 3).

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