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Marriages and civil partnerships

Due to the government COVID-19 restrictions, all marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are postponed.

COVID-19 update

Following the latest government guidance and the road map announcement on 22 February 2021 small ceremonies can re-commence from 29 March 2021 (subject to national road map criteria being met). Please note we will not be taking new bookings for ceremonies whilst we prioritise couples that had their ceremonies cancelled through December, January and February. We will be contacting all couples who have had their ceremonies postponed at the earliest opportunity to discuss your ceremony and confirm your booking.

Once we have contacted couples to re-schedule their ceremonies we will then open our diaries to new bookings. The only exception to this is where one of those getting married/forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. If this is the case, please email us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk or call us 0208 690 2128.

We will update this page when we are able to take new ceremony bookings. 

Current government guidelines on weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

If your authority document is going to expire

If your authority document will expire please email us on register.office@lewisham.gov.uk for advice.

Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

It is with regret that due to further COVID-19 restrictions all notice appointments are suspended until further notice and should only take place in exceptional circumstances.

The guidance reads as follows:

Notice appointments should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

If you feel you have exceptional circumstances that should allow your notice appointment and ceremony to take place, please email us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk and provide evidence of this. Be aware that these ceremonies will have a maximum capacity of six people, which includes the couple and two witnesses.

We are not rescheduling or booking any new dates for ceremonies until restrictions are lifted.

All postponed citizenship ceremonies will take priority when restrictions are lifted and we hope to make extra availability to cover this.