Civil partnership


Organising an occasion as big as this is exciting. Every wedding is unique and special. Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services hope that this information will give you all you need to start planning your special day, whether it is to take place in one of our Ceremony Rooms or at an Approved Venue.

The Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2019. The Act includes provision to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples and that these provisions must be implemented no later than 31 December 2019. We will provide further information in due course.

Choosing a venue

Choosing a venue for your wedding will be one of the most important decisions you will have to make. In the Wakefield district your wedding can only take at one of ‘Our Venues’ or at an approved venue.

When you decide which venue you wish to have your civil partnership at you should contact us to provisionally book a Registrar. You will need to pay a non refundable booking fee.

What next? - Giving notice of your civil partnership

In order to form a Civil Partnership in England or Wales one of the parties to the Civil Partnership must have resided in England or Wales. Before you can form a civil partnership in England and Wales you must each give notice of your intended civil partnership to the Superintendent Registrar in the District where you live. If you are unsure which register office to attend to give your notice, it is the office in the local authority area to which you pay your Council Tax.

There are certain documents you will need to provide to give notice, these are outlined in our 'information for giving notice of civil partnership'.

Notice cannot be given until you have decided on a venue and no more than 12 months in advance. We appreciate that you may wish to secure a booking with a venue more than 12 months in advance. In these circumstances we strongly recommend that you contact us to provisionally book a registrar.

The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is 15 clear days.

If you were previously in a marriage or civil partnership which was dissolved in a foreign country an additional statutory fee is payable at the time of your notice appointment. 

You can make an appointment to give notice by contacting us.

Your wedding ceremony in Wakefield

Your provisional booking is confirmed when you have given notice. The Registrar will provide you a guide outlining the choices you need to make in advance of the ceremony.

Your ceremony meeting

If you would like to meet with a dedicated member of our ceremonies team to discuss all aspects or your wedding ceremony you can book a bespoke ceremony meeting. This meeting will leave you feeling assured that you have made informed decisions about your choices, creating a ceremony which reflects you as a couple and ensuring you are fully prepared for your special day. You can choose to attend as a couple, come alone or come along with a family member or friend. A fee applies.

Meeting costs

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm:  £40
Monday to Friday 5pm onwards, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday: £53

The meeting will last 45 minutes. Please get in touch to book.

Forming a Civil Partnership in a Religious Building

In 2011 the law was amended so that Civil Partnerships could be formed in religious buildings. A religious building can make an application to be approved as a venue for the formation of Civil Partnerships, however, to date no premises within the Wakefield District have applied for an approval.

Foreign nationals

If either of you is from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and subject to immigration control, you or your partner will need a visa to come to the UK to:

  • give notice
  • get married or form a civil partnership

More information

Forming a Civil Partnership Abroad

It is important that you consult with the local authorities in the country where you want to form a civil partnership to find out what you need to do.

Some countries may require you to give notice of your civil partnership to the Superintendent Registrar of the District in which you live please contact us for further information.

Urgent Civil Partnership (Death Bed Wedding)

The Registrar General can authorise civil partnerships to take place at short notice in circumstances where one of the parties is seriously ill, not expected to recover and cannot be moved to a place where a civil partnership could normally take place. This is known as a civil partnership by Registrar Generals Licence.

A twenty-four hour service is available every day of the year to provide for arrangements to be made for a civil partnership by Registrar General's Licence. The service can be accessed by contacting us or if outside of normal opening hours by telephoning Wakefield Council Contact Centre on 0345 8 506 506.

Conversion of Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage

We are aware that some couples who have already formed a civil partnership may have chosen a marriage had that option been available at the time.

Couples in civil partnerships are able to convert into a marriage thanks to new regulations approved by Parliament.

They can be converted by a standard procedure at a Register Office (or other registration service point) or by two-stage process at a registered venue for same sex couples.

Please contact either of our offices if you would like more information about local services.

Further information about the Act can be found on the HM Government Services website.

Marriage or Civil Partnership?

The two pieces of legislation relating to Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships are similar in many respects but also include a number of differences. The document 'What's the same, what's different?' provides information about the similarities and differences relating to marriage of opposite sex couples and civil partnership across the UK.

Contact us

Wakefield Registration and Celebratory Services
0345 4 852 888