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Marriage Services

Religious and Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Registrations

 

4. Religious and Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Registrations

Marriages & Civil Partnerships from 1 April 2021

📌 Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are limited to 25 people including the couple, witnesses, the officiant and guests (including children under 12).  Venues that are otherwise closed may open to host a marriage or civil partnership ceremony therefore schedules should continue to be issued.  

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

📌 Marriage and civil partnerships can continue to take place in a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to 10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).

📌 Marriage in private gardens is restricted to 6 people from two different households. If all other participants at the ceremony are not from the same household the ceremony cannot proceed as the registrar/officiant can be the only person from a separate household. 

📌 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.

 

Marriages & Civil Partnerships from 12 April 2021

📌 Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment completed by the venue.  Venues that are otherwise closed may open to host a marriage or civil partnership ceremony therefore schedules should continue to be issued.

📌 Potential marriage and civil partnership couples are permitted to view facilities used for marriages or civil partnerships such as hotels and other venues.  It is a Council decision as to whether this step is implemented in your district.

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

📌 Marriage and civil partnerships can continue to take place in a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to 10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).

📌 Marriage in private gardens is restricted to 10 people from two different households. If all other participants at the ceremony are not from the same household the ceremony cannot proceed as the registrar/officiant can be the only person from a separate household. 

📌 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.

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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?

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

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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.