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Coronavirus update

In response to COVID-19, we have cancelled all weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. We are unable to carry out ceremonies at Belfast City Hall, Belfast Castle, Malone House or at external venues. We are contacting any couples who this affects. 

We are currently not taking any bookings for marriages or civil partnerships. 

Marriage notices

Current marriage notices are valid for one year.

We can only accept new applications for religious and humanist marriage notices by post at this time. 

Please send your original completed marriage notice forms, along with relevant documents, to:

Registration,
Belfast City Hall
Belfast BT1 5GS.  

We will accept photocopies of your birth certificates and passports. You can send a cheque, made payable to Belfast City Council, or we can contact you for payment by telephone. Please call 028 9027 0455 if you still need your schedule for a religious marriage.

If you have any queries, email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk and provide a contact telephone number when possible. Or complete our enquiry form.

Arranging your day

If you plan to get married in Belfast, it is important that you read all of the information below. 

Find out more:

Marriage notice

You must give a minimum of 28 days notice to get married. If you don't give 28 days notice, you may need to postpone your marriage. You can give notice up to a year before the date of your marriage. We recommend a period of 10 to 12 weeks notice for a religious or humanist marriage.

Religious marriages

A religious ceremony may, with the agreement of the Officiant, take place anywhere in Northern Ireland. Services are conducted by authorised people, according to the relevant tradition.

If you are having a religious ceremony, you still need to give notice at the Registrar’s office in Belfast City Hall. If you are getting married in a different district, for example Newtownabbey, you will give notice in Mossley Mill. You can contact us for advice.

Once you have given notice, we’ll let you know when you can collect the schedule. You can collect the schedule and give it to the marriage conductor.

Civil marriages

If you have decided to have your ceremony at our Registrar’s office in City Hall or at one of our approved venues, please contact us for availability and advice.

Humanist marriages

Humanist ceremonies can only take place in a venue, which is approved by Belfast City Council eg a hotel.

If you are having a humanist ceremony, you still need to give notice at the Registrar’s office in Belfast City Hall if the approved venue is in the Belfast district.

Once you have given notice, we’ll let you know when you can collect the schedule. You can collect this and give it to the humanist celebrant.

Documents needed to get married

Before you can get married in Belfast, you and your partner need to complete a marriage notice form and produce other essential documents.  

This still applies if you are having a religious or humanist ceremony. You must get the marriage notice forms signed by the religious conductor. You can give notice up to one year in advance of your wedding. 

Once the marriage has taken place, the schedule should be returned to the Registration office within three working days for the marriage to be registered. You can then purchase a copy of the marriage certificate for £8. 

If you're a non-EEA citizen, please read NI Direct's information on getting married in Northern Ireland.

The following documents must be provided by both you and your partner when returning your marriage notice forms:

  • your full (long version) birth certificate 
  • your passport or national identity card - the Registrar can advise on alternatives if you do not hold either of these
  • a consent form (if you aged 16 or 17)
  • if you have been married before and the marriage was dissolved, a certificate of divorce or annulment or a certified copy decree (decrees must be absolute or final)
  • if you have entered into a civil partnership before, a court order of dissolution for that partnership
  • if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner.

More guidance

Please visit NI Direct's website for more guidance on marriage procedures

Marriage fees 

 Wedding

Price

Religious wedding
£44

Civil wedding in Registrar's office (Belfast City Hall)

£180 weekdays

£306 Saturdays

£360 bank holidays

Civil wedding in an approved venue

£213 weekdays

£280 Saturdays

£312 bank holidays

Civil wedding in a venue of your choice

£213 weekdays

Plus £400 to apply for a temporary marriage licence

£280 Saturdays
£312 bank holidays

 


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