Civil weddings and civil partnerships in approved venues
In response to 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 at external venues. We are continuing to contact any couples who this affects.
We are not taking any bookings for marriages or civil partnerships.
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.
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.
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 weddings 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.