Approved premises for Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies can take place in the Register Offices or at any of the venues approved for Civil Weddings/Partnerships.

Coronavirus update

Ceremonies resumed from 3rd August. However, due to the need to observe social distancing, there will be changes to how ceremonies are undertaken.

  • For register office ceremonies, only your 2 witnesses are able to attend, with no other guests.
  • For venue ceremonies, please contact the venue and ensure they will be open on the day of the ceremony and check any revised rules they may have, including the number of guests permitted, which must be by invitation only.
  • Please be advised that all our advice may be subject to change without notice

Notice of marriage / civil partnership appointments are available on a case by case basis.  Priority will be given to those couples with ceremonies booked for 2020.

Anyone who has already made a booking may contact Denbighshire Registration Service by emailing:

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Civil wedding premises licences

You need a licence if you want to hold civil marriage or civil partnership ceremonies at your premises.

When you apply, you will need to identify a specific room or rooms where marriages or civil partnerships will take place. This must be part of the building, not in the open air or under a marquee.

Your venue cannot have any current or recent religious connections (e.g. you couldn’t get a licence for a chapel in a stately home).

The premises must be an appropriate and dignified setting for marriages and civil partnerships. We will consider this when we assess your application.

How do I apply for this licence?

To apply for a licence to hold civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, download and complete an application form and return it to the address on the form.

Civil marriage premises licence application form (PDF, 50KB)

These guidance notes will help you to complete your application. If you would like to discuss your application, call us on 01824 706196

Civil marriage premises licence application form guidance notes (PDF, 83KB)

Related documents

Requirements for applications for approval of gazebos and other garden structures for marriages and civil partnerships (PDF, 90KB)

How much does it cost?

A new licence costs £1150.00. Licences are valid for 3 years, and it costs £1,025 to renew.

Adding an additional room to an existing licence costs £170.00.

There is an administration charge of £35.00 to amend the existing Approval.  This includes changes to the name of the Approved Venue or to change the name of the Responsible Person.

Current applications

We publish details of applications to become approved premises for civil weddings and and civil partnership ceremonies that are currently being considered. 

View our current consultations