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Marriage Services

Religious and Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Registrations


Marriage/Civil Partnership Ceremony restrictions from the 8th January 2021

Please be aware that your marriage/civil partnership ceremony must be conducted under the current NI Executive restrictions. 

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

 📌 Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are limited to 25 people this includes the couple, witnesses, officiant and all guests (including children under 12).

📌 Face masks must be worn by all except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership.  Current guidance states that children under the age of 13 do not have to wear a face mask.

📌 Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are not permitted to take place at a private dwelling, including the garden, unless one party is terminally ill.

📌 Can take place in a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).



Marriages schedules for Religious Marriages

We can issue marriage schedules for religious marriages, providing the Marriage Notice period has been completed.

The guidance in relation to Marriage ceremonies has changed and the limit of 30 people attending an outdoor marriage or civil partnership has been removed.  The venue provider must carry out a risk assessment to decide how many can attend the event.  Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to at all times.
Marriage and civil partnership services can resume indoors. Numbers attending indoor ceremonies will be determined by the venue on a risk assessed basis, taking account of the individual circumstances of each and adhering to all relevant public health advice and industry guidance.

Please click here to view the recent guidance published by the NI Executive regarding marriages and civil partnerships.

Religious Marriage schedules cannot be posted out.

One or both of the couple must collect their schedule in person.  An appointment will be given for you to visit the office.

If you need to advise the office of an alternative date, or need an appointment or have an enquiry please email [email protected].


📌All Marriage Notices which were already submitted to the office remain valid to accommodate couples rescheduling their Wedding Days.

📌 For couples who have already provisionally booked a Civil Marriage/Civil Partnership with the office and still need to give Notice please scan through your Notice forms and documents to [email protected] and we will ring to collect your Marriage fees.

📌 For couples who are planning their Religious or Humanist Led Marriage Ceremony taking place in 2020 and would like to submit their Marriage Notice.  We are advising couples to scan through their Marriage Notice forms (which can be downloaded from www.nidirect.gov.uk) and documents to [email protected].  Staff will get in touch to collect payment of Marriage notice and certificate fee.  Please do not send for Weddings taking place in 2021 at this time, we will advise in September for couples to submit then.

 All registration forms can be downloaded at www.nidirect.gov.uk.

The Staff at the District Registrar’s Office would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your forthcoming celebration and to extend our best wishes to you both for your future together.  We are available to discuss any aspect of your legal preliminaries to Marriage and guide you in planning your personal and unique Civil Marriage Ceremony.

Are you choosing to have a Religious or Civil Ceremony within the District?


Derry City & Strabane District Council have a list of locations approved for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies


District Registration Offices

14 Magazine Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6HH (Appointment or call in)

Council Offices, 47 Derry Road, Strabane BT82 8DY (Appointment only). 


Office hours  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Lunch 1pm - 2pm)

To make an appointment please ring 02871 376520 or email [email protected]

Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies can take place outside office hours by prior arrangement.