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How to become a Licensed Venue for Civil Marriage and Civil Partnership

Legally recognised outdoor ceremonies are temporarily permitted in some circumstances until 5 April 2022.

Outdoor ceremonies guide.


1. Overview

If you manage or own a venue, you can apply for a licence to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

Civil marriages and civil partnerships must take place in a permanent structure that is open to the public and non-religious in nature. This may include:

  • restaurants and public houses
  • hotels
  • museums and galleries
  • theatres and cinemas
  • stately homes and castles
  • tourist attractions

Many couples are looking for a wedding venue with a difference, your venue could be just the thing they are after. If you are not sure, email the Registrar.

Apply to license a venue

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