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Marriage Services

 

Religious and Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Registrations

Marriages & Civil Partnerships  (Guidelines 19th August 2021)

  •  Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment completed by the venue.  
  • Guidelines state that up to 10 people from three households are permitted in a private dwelling.  This means that a marriage can take place in a private dwelling if all other guests at the marriage or civil partnership are from two households with the registrar/officiant being from the third household.  If a single household has 10 members, the maximum number is increased to 15 from 3 households.  These numbers do not include children under 12.
  • 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).
  • All restrictions have been removed in relation to the number of people that are permitted in a private garden.  This means a ceremony can take place in a private garden by a registrar/officiant. 
  • For indoor ceremonies face masks must be worn by all unless exempt, except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership, the officiant performing the ceremony and children aged 12 and under.  Information on the wearing of face masks at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can be found in the link below.

 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings

  •  It is good practise to wear face masks at an outdoor marriage or civil partnership ceremony but there is no legislation to enforce this.
  • Live music is permitted at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies and the provision of live music should be considered by the venue during the completion of the risk assessment.

 

Guidance provided by GRO in relation to marriages and civil partnerships relates to the ceremony only and not the reception.  Couples should be advised to contact their venue with any questions regarding the reception.

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For any queries please email [email protected] 

📌All Marriage Notices which were already submitted. Please advise the Registration Office of your new date of Marriage if you have not already done so.  If your Marriage is now postponed to 2022 it is important to advise as it is necessary for the office to issue you a refund and cancel the current notice.  You will need to submit new Marriage Notice forms and fees within the 12 months to the new date of Marriage.

📌 For couples who wish to plan a Civil Marriage or Civil Partnership with the Registrar 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 Ceremony or Humanist Ceremony  and you are within 12 months to the date of your Marriage 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. 

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.