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Marriage and civil partnership

We want to make sure that your special day runs as smoothly and successfully as possible. Find out what steps you need to take before you get married.

Same Sex Marriages

From Saturday 29 March 2014 marriage in England and Wales has become equal for all couples. Couples wishing to get married must give Notice of Marriage. The main provisions of the new same sex marriage laws are:

  • Allow same sex couples to marry in a civil ceremony
  • Allow same sex couples to marry in a religious ceremony where the religious organisation has "opted in" to conduct such ceremonies and the   minister of religion agrees
  • Enable civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage, if they wish (from 10/12/2014)
  • Enable married individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage

How do I book my same sex marriage?

You can book your same sex marriage by contacting us on 020 7525 7651.

Where can I have my same sex marriage?

All venues that are currently licensed for marriages and civil partnerships including all of our approved premises will automatically be licensed for same sex marriages. A same sex marriage can only take place in a religious building if the religious organisation has "opted in" to hold them and the minister agrees.


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Southwark register office

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4pm

Address: 34 Peckham Road

Tel: 020 7525 7651

Fax: 020 7525 7652



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Southwark Council
PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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