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Weddings and Civil Partnerships

  • For general advice on booking a civil ceremony, please go to the end of this page
  • If you have been contacted by your venue to postpone your ceremony, please contact us at your earliest convenience

Customer information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 30 October 2020

From Monday 28 September 2020, the Prime Minister announced changes that include an overall tightening of the social distancing regulations and a reduction in the number of people attending a ceremony. These regulations include all venues in England and Wales.

  • Ceremony numbers are now restricted to 15 people which includes all those attending, including the couple, witnesses and guests. Anyone working at the venue, such as registrars, official photographer, security, staff employed by the venue, third-party suppliers or catering staff are not included in this number

For ceremonies taking place in Blackpool, you have three possible choices

  1. Go ahead as scheduled with a party of up to 15 attendees in total
  2. Delay your ceremony and reschedule to a date when the restrictions may be more relaxed or lifted
  3. Cancel your ceremony

Our office continues to be extremely busy and you may find it difficult to get through on our phone number 01253 477177; we therefore encourage you to make initial contact via email on ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk

 

Further information on holding or attending a ceremony at The Wedding Chapel.

Further information on attending The Wedding Chapel to give notice.

Coming to The Wedding Chapel for pre-booked appointments

  • The Wedding Chapel is open for pre-booked appointments such as giving notice, only
  • We cannot currently allow casual “walk-ins”. If you wish to speak to our staff, you can call us on 01253 477177 or email ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk. We should be able to deal with you enquiry in this way, but in certain circumstances, we can book an appointment for you to come in to the office
  • If you have a pre-booked appointment please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your appoitnment time
  • All visitors should wear a face covering and maintain social distance
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available in several places in The Wedding Chapel.

Future ceremonies

Any future ceremony bookings are still dependent on the government regulations in place on the date of the ceremony. If the spread of the virus results in a second wave or a localised lockdown is enforced, future ceremonies may have to be postponed. It is possible that restrictions could remain in place until at least March 2021.

Despite all this, we have since 4 July 2020 conducted over 150 ceremonies, all under Covid-19 restrictions. Making your day special is still at the forefront of everything we do. Please be patient with us and follow the rules, that way you will still enjoy a memorable day and we can all stay safe together.

The government will update information periodically. The above information is based upon the announcement made on 22 September 2020 and may be superseded at any time.

General information on booking a Civil Ceremony  

Once you have decided to marry or form a civil partnership, you need to decide if you want a civil (non-religious) or religious ceremony. If you require a Religious Ceremony, see the link on the left.

Civil ceremonies at district Register Offices or Approved Premises

You may marry or enter into a partnership by civil ceremony at any Register Office or other building (an Approved Premise) in England and Wales which is licensed to do so. A civil marriage or partnership ceremony cannot contain any religious content.

  • Couples do not have to live in the district where the marriage or partnership is to take place but the legal preliminaries (formal notice of marriage or civil partnership) must be given to the Superintendent Registrar for each party in their district of residence
  • However, if one or both parties are foreign nationals from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), the couple must both attend a (DRO) Designated Register Office in England or Wales to attest the notice of marriage before a Superintendent Registrar
  • Enquiries should be made to the chosen venue for availability before the formal notices of marriage or civil partnership can be taken
  • Once formal notice has taken place you must wait at least 28 clear days before your ceremony can take place (DRO notices may have to wait up to 70 clear days before the ceremony can take place)
  • Please note that a notice of marriage or civil partnership is only valid for 12 months from the date notice is given

If you want to arrange a civil ceremony in Blackpool, look at our Wedding Venues

If you want to arrange a ceremony in a venue outside of Blackpool, look at the Civil marriages and partnerships: approved premises list which covers the whole of England and Wales.

The Wedding Chapel (Festival House)

The Wedding Chapel (or Festival House as it used to be called) on Blackpool's promenade is run by Blackpool Registration Service and contains a Register Office for small ceremonies (the couple and two witnesses) and has two Approved Premises (the Tower View Room and the Sea View Room) which are located on the second floor and afford stunning views of the iconic Blackpool Tower and the sea.

For more information and to enquire about marrying or forming a civil partnership there, click on The Wedding Chapel page.

Contact 

Blackpool Council registration service

Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1GB
Telephone 01253 477177