MARRIAGE / CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY RESTRICTIONS
Marriages and Civil Partnerships
Please be aware that your marriage/civil partnership ceremony must be conducted under the current NI Executive restrictions.
- Numbers at marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will be determined by a risk assessment carried out by the venue.
- Face masks must be worn by all unless exempt, except the couple being married or forming a civil partnership, the registrar/officiant performing the ceremony or children aged 12 and under.
- Up to 6 people from two households (not including children) are permitted in a private dwelling therefore a marriage or civil partnership ceremony can take place if all other guests at the ceremony are from one household with the registrar/officiant being from the second household
- Can take place in a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to 10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).
- Outdoor gatherings in a private garden will be restricted to 15 people (including children) from any number of households.
- A religious/belief officiant can carry out a marriage ceremony at any location in Northern Ireland, it does not have to be an approved venue. It is the responsibility of the religious/belief officiant to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions are adhered to.
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Civil Partnership ceremonies are conducted by the Registrar and take place in the designated Office venues or in another venue which has been licensed for partnership ceremonies. See: Approved Places for Civil Partnerships.
A Civil Partnership is a relationship between two people, which is formed when they register as civil partners of one another. Two people can register provided:
- neither of them is already a civil partner or is legally married
- they are 18 or above on the day of the ceremony (consent must be obtained for those aged between 16 and 18)
- they are not related to one another in a way that would prevent them from having a civil partnership.
Booking your Civil Partnership Registration
You may make a provisional booking by telephoning the office in the district you wish to have your Civil Partnership in. This will reserve the date, time and the Registrar until official notice is given.
You do not however have to initially make a provisional booking; you may just make a definite booking by completing the following:
How and when to give official notice
Notice of Civil Partnership may be given within 12 months of the date of the Civil Partnership Ceremony.
Documents Needed to Get Married
Before you can have a civil partnership, you and your partner need to complete a Civil Partnership notice form and produce essential documents. www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro
The following documents must be provided by both you and your partner when returning your Civil Partnership 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 are aged 16 or 17.
- if you have been married before and it 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.
All documents must be in English otherwise a translated copy must also be shown.
Once completed you can email notice forms and relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or post notice forms and photocopied documents to the Registration Department at Newry Town Hall, Bank Parade, Newry, BT35 6HR or Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6GQ.
Please do not post original documents. Payment can be made by cheque, payable to Newry Mourne and Down District Council, or card payment by phoning 033 0137 4041.
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The fees should be accompanied by the Notice Forms and all required documents.
Once the Registration Office receives the two notice forms, fees and documents, the Notice takes effect from that date. Then, the earliest possible Civil Partnership registration would be 28 days later (depending on availability and circumstances).
Essential documents to be produced
- a Full Birth Certificate (long version) showing parents details
- your passport or Identity card
- if you are a widow, widower or surviving civil partner, the death certificate of your former spouse or civil partner
- if divorced - a decree absolute or a dissolution of Civil Partnership Certificate. A decree nisi is not acceptable
- if reverted to a maiden name - the last marriage certificate must be produced
- if 16 or 17 years – Consent. Consent Forms are available from the Registrar.
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Telephone: 0330 137 4041