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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Civil Partnerships & Conversions

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

Regulations to extend civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples have now been approved by Parliament and were made on 5th November 2019. These regulations will come into force on 2nd December 2019.

Opposite-sex civil partnership ceremonies will be able to take place from 31st December 2019.

Before you are able to form a civil partnership you must both Give Notice at least 29 days before your ceremony date. Opposite-sex couples will be able to Give Notice from the 2nd December 2019.

To book your civil partnership ceremony or notice appointment call 0345 60 80 198

Forming a civil partnership

Unlike a marriage there are no prescribed words that you must 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 


A civil partnership gives you the same legal rights as a married couple in most matters. A table defining the differences can be found here


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