Civil weddings and civil partnerships in approved venues
Getting married at the Registration Office
Our ceremony room at the Registration Office in Belfast City Hall provide a perfect setting for your civil wedding or civil partnership ceremony.
We have a number of registrars available to perform ceremonies and the office can accommodate up to five ceremonies each day. The room is available for viewing by appointment during normal office working hours.
Please call us on 028 9027 0455 or email email@example.com to talk about availability and for more information.
Please remember to give marriage or civil partnership notice before you start making any other arrangements.
We also offer a marriage or civil partnership where the couple have only the two legally required witnesses present. This is available at limited times and terms and conditions apply. You can contact us for more information.
Weekday ceremonies at the Registration Office may be:
- Monday – Thursday: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
- Friday: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm
Arranging your day at an approved venue
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and please provide a contact telephone number when possible.
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 12noon or 3pm, Monday to Saturday.
The following venues have been approved by the Registrar:
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.
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:
- Maestro (we cannot accept International Maestro cards)
- Visa Delta
- Visa Electron.
You can also download the application form and return it by post, along with the relevant documents, to:
Belfast City Hall
Download the application for premises to be approved for a three-year period as a venue for civil marriages and partnerships (PDF - 123KB)
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)
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.