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Civil weddings and civil partnerships in approved venues

If you have decided to have your ceremony at an approved venue, please contact the Registrar’s office for availability and advice. Call us on 028 9027 0274 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

Our office opening hours are:

 Days  Times  
Monday to Thursday  9.30am to 4.30pm  Last entrance to registration is 4.15pm
Friday 9.30am to 4pm Last entrance to registration is 3.45pm  
Saturday and Sunday  Closed 
Public and bank holidays  View holiday arrangements 

You may also make an appointment by calling 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

It is very important that you check the availability of a Registrar for the day of your ceremony and your chosen location, before you pay a deposit with the venue.

Once you have done this, you will be given an AP1 form. This should then be filled in and returned, along with your notice forms and the other documents needed to get married or form a civil partnership, to the Registrar's office.

There are several places in Belfast which have licences to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, subject to the availability of a registrar. Ceremonies can be at 12pm or 3pm, Monday to Saturday.

The following venues have been approved by the Registrar:

Fees

The following prices apply to civil weddings and civil partnerships in an approved venue:

  • weekdays - £213
  • Saturdays - £280
  • bank holidays - £312.

Fees should be paid before your ceremony, when you return your notice forms.

On the day

Full details of the ceremony format, including information about your dress, music and flowers, are available in our marriages and civil partnerships brochure.

You must also complete the following form and return it to the Registrar at least two weeks before your ceremony, along with any outstanding documents. This enables the registrar to prepare for your ceremony.

Three-year marriage and civil partnership licences (for venues)

Under the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, we can grant other venues, such as hotels and restaurants, a three-year licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies, subject to a successful application.

A three-year licence to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies costs £400. You will also need to provide:

  • three copies of plans of the location showing the interview and civil marriage and partnership room
  • copy of fire certificate (where applicable)
  • certificate of public liability insurance
  • copy of entertainment licence (where applicable).

Apply for a licence to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Before you apply, please read the terms and conditions for online services as well as our privacy information.

We accept the following credit or debit cards:

  • Mastercard
  • Maestro (we cannot accept International Maestro cards)
  • Visa
  • Visa Delta
  • Visa Electron.

You can also download the application form and return it by post, along with the relevant documents, to:

Registrar's office
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
BT1 2GS

Download the application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages and partnerships (PDF - 105KB)

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions relating to civil marriage and partnership venues are available in our guidance notes for an application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages/partnerships.

Download the guidance notes for an application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages/partnerships (PDF - 191KB)

Timescales

Your application will be assessed and acknowledged within ten days of being received. A decision will be made within three months, provided all the necessary requirements have been met.

Your premises may also be inspected to make sure they comply with health and safety laws.

If your application is rejected, you will be notified in writing and a reason will be given.

Under the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, we have to give public notice of all three-year applications. This means that members of the public have the right to object to your application, once public notice has been given.

 


Contact us
Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
028 9027 0274
Registrar's office
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
BT1 5GS