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Marriages and civil partnerships

Changes to our ceremonies services

We have recently started resuming ceremonies at our offices in Bootham after pausing for your safety. Find out how this affects your ceremony.

You can get married or enter into a civil partnership in York if you're:

  • aged 16 years, or older
  • single, divorced or widowed
  • not closely related

You need permission from your parents or guardians if you're under 18.

Civil partnerships are available for same-sex and opposite-sex couples; appointments for 'giving notice' and for ceremonies are subject to availability. Contact York Register Office to discuss bookings.

Giving notice

Regardless of where you intend to hold your ceremony, you must both give 28 days' notice (in person) at your local register office, before your marriage or civil partnership can legally go ahead. If you live in different registration districts you must 'give notice' in your own local office, and your notice period doesn't begin until both appointments are complete.

Unfortunately York Register Office is currently closed to the public; this follows government advice about coronavirus, and is for the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.

As notice cannot be given or by post, telephone or email, it's not possible to give 'notice of marriage' or to give 'notice of civil partnership' in England at Wales at this time. As soon as the General Register Office (GRO) permits us to offer face-to-face appointments, and because notice has to be given at least 28 clear days before any ceremony, we'll priorities arrangements for couples whose wedding or civil partnership is most imminent.

Notice of marriage or civil partnership

Your 'notice' will be publicly displayed in your local register office for 28 days and includes:

  • details of who's getting married or forming a civil partnership
  • where and when you intend to get married or form your civil partnership

Your marriage or civil partnership must take place within 12 months of giving notice.

Separate legal procedures apply for religious ceremonies, marrying aboard, and for people subject to immigration control (if you're not an EEA citizen or Swiss citizen) - see GOV.UK/marriages-civil-partnerships for more information.

Marriage and civil partnership fees

Find out more about York Register Office marriage and civil partnership fees for giving notice of marriage or civil partnership, and ceremony costs.

If we need to check documents from overseas, or need to contact the General Register Office to confirm whether your marriage or civil partnership can go ahead, there may be additional costs.

Wedding venues in York

You can have a marriage or civil partnership ceremony at York Register Office, or choose another of our approved places to get married in York.

Pre-ceremony consultation service

Our pre-ceremony consultation service gives you the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your ceremony with one of our experienced Celebration Officers, who'll be able to answer any questions you have, and help to prepare you for your special day.

Contact York Register Office to book your 20 minute pre-ceremony consultation, subject to availability, Monday to Friday.

See pre-ceremony consultation fees.

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York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477