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Marriages and civil partnerships

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

New bookings for marriages and civil partnerships

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

The only exception to this is where one of those getting married/forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover ('deathbed wedding') or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. These weddings are limited to 6 people. If this is the case please email us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk or call us 0208 690 2128.

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.