Marriage, civil partnership and other ceremonies

Congratulations, celebrating a commitment to a loved one is a wonderful occasion and we look forward to helping you to arrange your ceremony.

Marriage is for opposite sex couples and same sex couples. Civil partnership is for same sex couples only. You can arrange either a civil (non-religious) ceremony in a building licensed for civil ceremonies, or a religious ceremony in a religious building. 

Civil partnership conversions to marriage

You can now convert a civil partnership to a marriage. You can do this in Hackney, even if your civil partnership took place elsewhere. Please email your completed form to to enquire. 

Giving notice

Before you marry or enter a civil partnership, you have to give notice. You need to tell the registrar the date and venue of your wedding, so you need to book your venue first. 

The notice waiting period has now changed: the minimum waiting period from notice to ceremony is 29 days, with some couples subject to a 71-day wait

Civil ceremonies

Civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies must take place in a register office or other approved premise which is licensed for civil ceremonies. Civil ceremonies must be conducted by registrars and be strictly non-religious.  

There are two options for civil ceremonies in Hackney

Religious ceremonies

A religious marriage ceremony can take place in a religious building which has been registered for worship and for solemnisation of marriages. 

 Civil partnerships can be registered in a religious building which has been specially approved and your civil partnership registration may be followed by a separate religious ceremony. 

Commitment, renewal of vows and baby naming ceremonies

We offer other ceremonies such as renewal of vows, commitment and baby naming ceremonies.

Registering a building for worship

If your religious congregation uses a specific building regularly for worship, you may be able to register that building as a place of worship. You can also apply for it to be a registered place for marriages. 

Copy certificates

Order a copy certificate

  • apply by telephone: 020 8356 3000
  • apply in person at the Town Hall on weekdays, 9am-4.30pm

Certificates for adopted people and for people born abroad to armed services or diplomatic families can be obtained from the General Register Office.

Page updated: 28/02/2019 09:00:01