Equal (same sex) civil marriage

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allows same sex weddings in England and Wales to take place from Saturday 29 March 2014.

The main provisions of the Act:

  • allow same sex couples to marry in a civil ceremony 
  • allow same sex couples to marry in a religious ceremony where the religious organisation has “opted in” to conduct such ceremonies and the minister of religion agrees
  • enable civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage, if they wish
  • enable married individuals to change their legal gender without having to end their marriage

Please contact us to discuss the options and to book a marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

Converting a civil partnership to a marriage 

There are two ways to convert a civil partnership into marriage

  • a simple administrative process called a standard conversion
  • a two stage process where the conversion is followed by a ceremony 

The standard conversion

This is a simple administrative process where you will both attend an appointment at any register office and complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership. The documents that you will need to produce include

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent council tax or utilities bill
  • an original civil partnership certificate

A legal declaration will then be drawn up for you to both sign with the Superintendent Registrar.

If you wish you can choose to say the declaration wording aloud to one another before signing the conversion document. Your marriage is then registered and a marriage certificate will be issued.

This service is free of charge for all those who entered into a civil partnership In England and Wales before 29 March 2014 and wish to convert your civil partnership to a marriage before 10 December 2015. There is a charge of £4 for each marriage certificate ordered before the conversion.

A conversion followed by a ceremony

There are two stages to this type of conversion. The first part is where you will both need to attend an appointment at any register office and complete a declaration with details about you and your civil partnership. The documents that you will need to produce include:

  • evidence of your name and date of birth - current passports or birth certificates
  • evidence of your address - recent council tax or utilities bill
  • an original civil partnership certificate

The signing of the declaration can then be followed by a ceremony at venues where same sex couples are able to marry. For example

  • Register Office
  • approved premises
  • religious buildings that are registered for the marriage of same sex couples
  • premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith of the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion. 
Following the ceremony your marriage is registered, and a marriage certificate can then be issued. Your marriage certificate can either be collected or posted. Fees apply to the two stage process.

Bromley Registration Service

Email:

Tel: 0300 303 8667

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH