Civil weddings and civil partnerships

Information to help you plan your civil wedding or partnership.

Giving notice and arranging your ceremony

You can hold a civil ceremony at:
  • the Passmore Edwards Room or The Old Court Room at Newham Register Office
  • a licensed venue in Newham.
After you have chosen your venue and discussed possible dates you must both go to the register office to give notice.

Marriage fees

As well as the fee to give notice of or civil partnership, you will need to pay a fee for the ceremony:

Newham Register Office

  • Tuesday (at 9.45am only) - £46

Passmore Edwards Room (for up to 50 people in Newham Register Office)

  • Monday to Friday - £180
  • Saturday before 1.30pm - £278
  • Saturday after 2pm - £424
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays - £530

Old Court Room (for up to 120 people in Newham Register Office)

  • Monday to Friday 5pm - £360
  • Saturday 2pm - £515
  • Saturday 5pm - £669
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays - £618 to £772 depending on time booked

Approved venues in Newham

  • Monday to Friday - £417
  • Saturday - £474
  • Sunday and Bank Holiday - £525
  • These fees are variable depending on the time you want the ceremony to take place.

Your ceremony

Civil marriage and civil partnerships follow a similar format.

After the Superintendent Registrar has welcomed everyone and explained what is about to take place, the couple make their vows. Civil partnership ceremonies use words similar to those spoken during a marriage ceremony.

You must have two credible witnesses present throughout the ceremony who speak and understand English and are able to understand the nature of the ceremony. They will need to sign the marriage or civil partnership register.
A civil ceremony cannot have any religious content, but you may be able to arrange for individual touches such as non-religious music and readings to be added to the legal wording, and for the ceremony to be filmed.


Where to hold your ceremony

At Newham Register Office, you can hold your ceremony with two witnesses present. If you would like to celebrate your ceremony with friends and family we offer use of the Passmore Edwards Suite which can accommodate up to 50 people or the Old Court Room which can accommodate up to 120 people.

Newham also has a range of other venues that are licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Many are large enough for receptions, so you can celebrate in one location.

Marriage for same sex couples

We are now able to offer marriage for same sex couples as well as civil partnerships.

Conversion of civil partnerships into marriage

If you and your partner are currently in a civil partnership, you can now convert your partnership into a marriage. This will allow you to have marriage certificate dated on the same date that you formed a civil partnership.
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