Marriages and civil partnerships

Bromley registration service announcement

Covid-19 pandemic - government announcement 22 February on the easement of restrictions

If you are planning a ceremony, you should note that the dates given by the government are indicative only, and the changes outlined will be implemented ‘no earlier than’ the dates shown below but only if the four tests in the government’s principles for easing have been met.

From 8 March 2021, ceremonies will still be limited to 6 people, and can take place under exceptional circumstances only, such as one of the couple to be married / form a civil partnership:

  • Has a serious illness not expected to recover, or
  • Is undergoing debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

In these circumstances, please contact us at outlining the reasons why a marriage or civil partnership needs to take place as a matter of urgency. 

No earlier than 29 March 2021, ceremonies will still be limited to six people attending, but the exceptional circumstances rule will no longer apply.

No earlier than 12 April 2021, ceremonies of up to 15 guests can take place

No earlier than 17 May 2021, ceremonies of up to 30 guests can take place

No earlier than 21 June 2021, ceremonies of unlimited numbers of guests (subject to the room capacity of the venue) can take place

If you have a ceremony that was postponed or rescheduled, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Please be patient – as you can imagine, we have a lot of couples to contact, and we will deal with enquiries in date order.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this very challenging period.

Civil partnership and marriage

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