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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Civil Partnerships & Conversions

A civil partnership is a legally recognised partnership as an alternative to marriage.

Civil partnerships are currently only available to same-sex couples. However, the Government have announced plans to introduce civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. Civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples will be available from 2020. 

At this current time we are unable to take bookings for an opposite-sex couple civil partnership. Please check back here for any future updates.

A civil partnership gives you the same legal rights as a married couple in matters such as:

  • Pensions
  • House ownership
  • Inheritance
  • Making decisions if one of you is in hospital
  • Being able to register the death of a partner and to arrange the funeral

For further information about the differences between Civil Partnerships and Marriage for same sex couples please visit


Forming a civil partnership

Unlike a marriage there are no prescribed words that you may say, instead the partnership is formed by each of you reading a legal declaration and signing the civil partnership schedule in the presence of a Registrar and two witnesses. 

You are welcome to celebrate in any way that you choose, from a simple signing of the schedule with a Registrar and two witnesses to a full ceremony with family and friends. 

A civil partnership must be registered at a Register Office or Licensed Venue. East Sussex has over 100 licensed venues including castles, hotels, stately homes, barns and many more. You can view all licensed venues here.

Having a ceremony allows you to personalise your celebration with the addition of music, readings, and personal vows and promises.

The cost of a civil partnership depends on where and when you decide to hold it. You can view civil partnership fees here

There are certain legal preliminaries that must be completed before you are able to form an civil partnership. See Giving Notice for further information. 

If you have already entered into a civil partnership and would to convert it into a marriage click here.

To book your civil partnership call 0345 60 80 198 


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