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Civil weddings and civil partnerships in approved venues

Coronavirus update

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have cancelled all weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. We are not able to carry out ceremonies at Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle, Malone House or external venues. We are continuing to contact any couples who this affects. 

We are not taking bookings for marriages or civil partnerships. 

If you have any queries, please call our registration office on 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Approved venues

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 12noon 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.

Details of the ceremony

Please contact us if you would like more details about the ceremony format, including information about your wedding attire, music and flowers.

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

Coronavirus update

We are unable to process applications for three-year marriage and civil partnership licences (for venues) at this time. Please contact registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk if you have any queries.

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)

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