Marriage and civil partnerships

Bride and Groom

Marriage or civil partnership... you decide

Choosing if you would like a marriage or civil partnership will be your first consideration.

marriage ceremony means that you will need to say certain vows when you solemnize your marriage.

civil partnership ceremony means that you do not have to say any vows to each other. Some couples prefer this route if they wish to keep the legalities more administrative and straightforward. Civil partnerships are now available for all couples. Please be aware that not all countries recognise civil partnerships.

For more information about the differences between marriage and civil partnership and other useful information please visit GOV.UK.

Find out more about converting your civil partnership into a marriage.