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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 19 July 2021

Following the government announcement to move to step 4 of the roadmap from the 19 July the current advice remains that everyone should take a cautious approach whilst covid cases remain high and infections rising. 

We have received coronavirus advice and instruction from Blackpool Council and their view is to proceed with caution. All COVID-Secure working arrangements will continue until further notice. As part of this we have been asked that all our staff and customers continue to wear face coverings when entering and moving around Council buildings. This will therefore apply to The Wedding Chapel as it is a council building.

We will continue with infection control measures and will be not changing our guidelines on face coverings, washing hands and ventilation.  We are therefore instructed not to overcrowd spaces to keep people safe and contact tracing will remain. 

  • We ask that all attendees at a ceremony wear a face covering at all times for added protection when indoors
  • Ceremony staff will continue to wear face coverings and maintaining their distance please respect this in all areas of the building.
  • We strongly recommend that all people attending the ceremony take a coronavirus test beforehand.  Find out how you can get a coronavirus test in Blackpool
  • If you or any of your party wish to continue to socially distance, please take this into consideration and revise your guest numbers
  • People who have Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive must not attend and if either of the couple have symptoms of Covid-19 the ceremony should not go ahead
  • Anyone who has been instructed to self-isolate must not attend the wedding or civil partnership ceremony

To ensure the safety of everyone and remain Covid-19 secure we have to limit the number of attendees in our Towerview room. Please ask your ceremonies officer for details of the room and room capacity when you book your ceremony.

Please be advised that the above information is subject to change. Any local outbreaks of a variant could also lead to further restrictions. The Registration Service will abide by whatever restrictions are in place on the date of your ceremony.  See Gov.uk for the latest government guidance.

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 nearly 200 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.  We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and we will continute 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 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

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 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