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Marriage Services

 

Religious and Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Registrations

MARRIAGE/ CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY GUIDANCE – 18 June 2021 

Please be aware that your marriage/civil partnership ceremony must be conducted under the current NI Executive restrictions.  
 
 📌 Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment carried out by the venue.  
 
📌  Face masks must be worn by all except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership and the registrar/officiant performing the ceremony.  Current guidance states that children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a face mask.  Please see link to details
 
 
 
 📌 Up to 6 people from two households (not including children) are permitted in a private dwelling therefore a marriage or civil partnership ceremony can take place if all other guests at the ceremony are from one household with the registrar/officiant being from the second household
 
📌 Can 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).
 
 📌 Outdoor gatherings in a private garden will be restricted to 15 people (including children) from 3 different households.   If all other participants at the ceremony are from two households the ceremony can proceed with the registrar/officiant being the person from the third household.  
 
 📌 A religious/belief officiant can carry out a marriage ceremony at any location in Northern Ireland, it does not have to be an approved venue.  It is the responsibility of the religious/belief officiant to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to. 
 
Guidance for marriages, civil partnerships or other celebratory events (executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk)
 
 📌 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 the General Register Office is in relation to marriages and civil partnership relates to the ceremony only and not the reception.  Couples are 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.