Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Important information, please read - Registration Fee Changes from 1st November 2017

What are Civil Partnership Ceremonies?

Civil Partnership ceremonies are for couples of the same sex and are intended to form part of a civil partnership registration.


The General Register Office has provided the following statement to us:

Civil Partnerships Supreme Court Judgement:

On 27th June 2018 the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which only applies to same-sex couples, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

This judgment will now be considered by The Government Equalities Office (GEO). 

At this time the legislation remains the same with no provision for opposite sex civil partnerships to take place. Therefore current registration arrangements are unaffected.

Where can the ceremony be held?

Ceremonies can be held in any Register Office and other approved venues.

What happens during a Civil Partnership Ceremony?

Each ceremony is unique to the couple. Working within the ceremony framework and with the Civil Partnership Registrar, we will help you create your own unique celebration by selecting words, poems and readings that hold a special meaning to you. 

Do we have to have a ceremony?

The simple answer is no!
Civil partnership registrations may be just a short signing, a small dignified ceremony or (by prior arrangement) an enhanced ceremony with additional vows, readings and music of your choice.

What else is needed?

Couples wishing to take part in a ceremony must be aged 16 or over on the date of application. Anyone under 18 on the date of application must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. You may not take part in a Civil Partnership Ceremony if one or both of you are still legally married to or in a civil partnership with another partner. Where a marriage or civil partnership has been dissolved or otherwise ended, evidence of this must be given.

How much does a Civil Partnership ceremony cost?

See our Brighton Town Hall and Approved venue fees for April 2018 until December 2018 (subject to change April 2019).

Ceremony checklist

If you are registering your Civil Partnership in the Regency Room or at one of the other approved venues in Brighton & Hove, it would be helpful if you could fill in the Brighton & Hove online ceremony checklist.

The checklist will be filed with your paperwork and help the Registrar to tailor your ceremony to your wishes.

Other frequently asked questions about ceremonies

Find the answer to any other questions you may have about your ceremony

For more information on civil partnerships please telephone us (01273) 292016 or email

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