The prospect of planning and booking a civil partnership can feel overwhelming, but don’t worry!
We are here to help guide you through.
What are the steps to forming a civil partnership?
1. Make sure you are choosing the ceremony type that is right for you – Not every country recognises civil partnerships, and opposite sex couples are not able to change from civil partnership to marriage at a later date, so you need to be sure of your decision. You can find out more about the differences between marriage and civil partnership by visiting our ‘Your Questions’ booking information page.
2. Choose your venue – Islington and City of London have over 50 licenced venues to choose from, from ancient livery halls to modern restaurants. Many couples choose to Say I Do at the beautiful and historic Islington Town Hall, and you can see photographs, information and prices for all our ceremony locations by visiting these pages:
Even if you are just planning to sign the paperwork, you will need to book a room/venue and registrars to make it all legal.
3. Book your venue and registrars – When you’ve decided where you want to hold your civil partnership, you will need to book the date and time with us. If you are holding your civil partnership at the Town Hall, the room and registrars are booked during the same process. If you are holding your civil partnership in another approved venue, you will need to book your venue and then book the registrars to attend your venue.
Please click on the ‘Book a civil partnership’ button at the top of the page to book. Once you’ve made your booking and paid a deposit, we’ll send you a confirmation email.
4. Give notice of civil partnership – After you have booked your ceremony, you are both legally required to give a notice of civil partnership at your local Register Office.
This means making an in-person appointment to see a registrar to show them proof of your identity, address and that you are free to form a civil partnership, and fill out some paperwork. This can be done up to a year in advance, but must be done at least one month before the ceremony. We advise you to do this as soon as possible, as many offices are very busy and may not have appointments for several months. You can find out more on the ‘Giving Notice’ section of our ‘Your Questions’ Page.
Please note: you can give notice before booking your venue and registrars if you prefer, although you must be sure of the venue when you give notice, as it is only valid for one place.
5. Pay the final fee – If you didn’t pay the full fee at the time of booking your ceremony, you will be reminded to make the final payment at least three months before your date.
6. Choose your ceremony content – We will send you information about the choices you have for the ceremony you have chosen, and ask you to complete a form with your decisions. We ask you to return this to us at least a month before the ceremony.
7. Arrive on the day and have a wonderful time!
We have lots of information you may find helpful on our ‘Your Questions’ page, and our staff are able to answer any other questions you may have.