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Weddings and Civil Partnerships

  • For general advice on booking a civil ceremony, please go to the end of this page

Customer information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) updated 10 March 2022

The government has removed the remaining restrictions in England and has moved to the next phase of living with Covid-19.  There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19.  It is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk and to maintain the safety of our visitors and staff and also to reduce transmission of the virus.

Reducing the risk at ceremonies

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • All people attending the ceremony including the couple are advised to take a test and must not attend if the result is positive. Find out how you can get a coronavirus test in Blackpool
  • People should consider wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet. Please respect other attendees and those working at events who may wish to adopt a more cautious approach.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 even if they are mild this includes the couple and any guests must not attend
  • Continue to use hand sanitiser
  • If you or any of your party wish to continue to socially distance, please take this into consideration and revise your guest numbers

These simple measures will help to reduce risk not only for those who attend ceremonies but also crucially for ceremony officers who are regularly required to attend several events over a short period of time. If too many registrars are off work with Covid-19, we will be unable to carry out ceremonies for anyone. This is not a situation we want to risk after so many people have waited so long for ceremonies to take place once more.

Any ceremonies due in 2022 could still have safety measures or government restrictions in place and Blackpool Register Office will be committed to ensuring all control measures are adhered to. This information is for guidance only and is subject to change see Gov.uk for the latest government guidance. We also follow coronavirus advice and instruction from Blackpool Council.

Our office continues to be extremely busy with high levels of demand and we are also working through a backlog of enquiries. You may find it difficult to get through on our phone number 01253 477177. We encourage you to make initial contact via email on ceremonies@blackpool.gov.uk

Despite all of the constraints, we have since 4 July 2020 conducted many ceremonies, all under Covid-19 restrictions. It has been a difficult time for everyone, and the impact of Covid-19 is ongoing.  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. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and we will continue to update this page.

Further information on 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 only such as giving notice
  • We suggest Notice appointments aren't made until 4 months before the date of your ceremony
  • We cannot currently accommodate 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 your 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 appointment time
  • All visitors should wear a face covering and maintain social distance
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available in several places in The Wedding Chapel

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 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, some Non-British nationals 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) on Blackpool's promenade is run by Blackpool Registration Service and is able to offer 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