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Marriages and civil partnerships

Ceremonies and appointments at York Register Office

On advice from the government regarding coronavirus, at York Register Office we've taken the difficult decision to cancel all face to face services and ceremonies at York Register Office. Only appointments to register deaths will be available.

See further information about changes to services at York Register Office.

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.

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 - you'll need to book an appointment to do this; notice cannot be given or by post, telephone or email.

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.

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.

Civil partnership for opposite sex couples

Civil partnerships are available for opposite sex couples and we're now taking bookings for opposite sex civil partnership ceremonies.

Please note that appointments for both giving notice and for ceremonies will be subject to availability.

Contact us if you wish to discuss a booking.

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.

The Celebration Officer will be able to answer any questions you have about your ceremony and help to prepare you for your special day.

Contact York Register Office to book your pre-ceremony consultation.

Consultations are subject to availability Monday to Friday, and last approximately 20 minutes.

See the York Register Office pre-ceremony consultation fees for appointment costs.

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York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477