Get married or form a civil partnership: step by step

Coronavirus update - the government has announced that from 28 September, up to 15 people, but no more, can attend a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 venue. Read the current guidance on GOV.UK.

Face coverings

Face coverings will be required in places of worship. This applies to guests at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies including those taking place in register offices or other approved venues. Face coverings will not have to be worn by the bride, groom or civil partners.

Venue capacity and social distancing measures

Your choice of room will no longer have the same seating capacity as before due to social distancing restrictions.

If you are choosing another venue, you will need to contact them to find out what restrictions are in place.

  1. Find out about different types of ceremonies and where you can have them.

  2. Before you can get married or have a civil partnership, you and your partner must give notice at a register office. This must happen at least 29 days before your ceremony.

  3. Documents and information you need to provide at your notice appointment.

  4. Once you have planned your ceremony, you must book an appointment to give us notice of your intention to get married or form a civil partnership.

  5. To minimise the number of people who are in contact with each other during this time, we have a number of rules in place in order to keep you and our staff safe.

  6. Find out how to book Croydon Register Office or an approved venue for your ceremony.

  7. We are giving full refunds if we have to cancel the ceremony due to the current restrictions.