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Updated 29 March 2021

We are currently not booking any new civil partnerships or marriage ceremonies in the Town Hall. Couples whose ceremonies were cancelled will be offered alternative dates - we are not able to advise others regarding availability for any other ceremonies at present.

If your marriage is due to take place in a licensed venue in the Royal Borough of Greenwich please email details to the Registrars team (at bottom of the page), with the following:

  • venue
  • date/time of ceremony
  • your full names, address/es and contact numbers.

Before you can enter a civil partnership/marry you must give Notice of your intention at your local Register Office - we are currently offering Notice appointments to couples with confirmed ceremony bookings due to take place before the end of July 2021.

We are hopeful of being able to book civil partnerships/marriages and extend the allocation of Notice appointments from 6 April and will update the web pages (link below) as soon as information is available:

  • 29 March to 12 April:  Weddings with up to 6 people can take place.
  • 12 April to 17 May: Weddings can take place in the Town Hall, religious buildings, Armed Forces Chapels and approved venues. To adhere to social distancing, our Edwardian Room will allow a maximum of 10 guests. 
  • 1 May to 21 June:  Weddings with up to 30 people can take place. To adhere to social distancing, our Edwardian Room will allow a maximum of 10 guests.
  • 21 June:  No legal limit on the number of attendees at weddings and other life events apart from the numbers determined by the licence of the room (Edwardian Room is licenced for 36).

Social distancing will be reviewed by 21 June so we are unaware yet if face coverings or other measures will be required.

The number allowed to attend ceremonies includes the couple, witnesses, and guests. Those working such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

Any new bookings will be dealt with once ceremonies that are required to be rescheduled are finalised. Please email registrar@royalgreenwich.gov.uk with any specific enquires.

There are two types of marriage ceremonies:

  • civil marriages – take place at a number of venues licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies
  • religious marriages – take place in any religious building that's registered for marriage.

Before booking your date, make sure you have enough time to give notice of your intention to marry if required. It takes a minimum of 28 days to give notice – if you're subject to immigration control, you need to allow up to 70 days.

If you want to get married abroad, read the guidance on getting married abroad (Gov.UK).

If you're already married and want to get remarried, you should contact the Register Office.

Request a Registrar for a marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Opposite sex civil partnerships

We are now taking bookings for civil partnerships for opposite sex couples.

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019. It extends eligibility for forming a civil partnership to opposite sex couples.

The earliest date for giving a notice of the intended formation of a civil partnership will be 2 December 2019 (Notice is given for a period of 28 days after which the formation can take place. In certain cases, depending on immigration status, this may be extended to 70 days). The first opposite sex civil partnerships can take place from 31 December 2019.

You do not need to have a ceremony for a civil partnership, you can choose to sign the schedule in front of two qualified witnesses by booking a statutory ceremony appointment (subject to availability).

If you wish to have a full ceremony, you will need to book a venue and registrars ahead of booking an appointment to give your legal notice of intention.

If you wish to have a civil partnership ceremony in The Edwardian Room or any of the approved venues in the Royal Borough of Greenwich visit our Register office charges page.

Arrange a civil ceremony

COVID-19 Government restrictions in place at the time of your ceremony may affect guest numbers and how your ceremony is conducted

You can arrange a civil wedding at the Royal Borough of Greenwich register office or at an approved venue of your choice. You need to give notice of your intention to marry for all civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

If you are planning to marry/enter a civil partnership at Woolwich town hall, you have three options

  • The fee includes the attendance of the Registrars, your ceremony and one certificate.
  • The Register Office is available only on Tuesdays.
  • The Register Office is strictly the couple and two witnesses only.
  • The Register Office is usually fully booked about six months in advance.

  • You may have up to 36 guests.  

  • Available on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays when there are no other events booked within the town hall.
  • It is not available on the fourth Saturday of any month.
  • The fee includes the attendance of the Registrars, your ceremony and one certificate.
  • Ceremonies start at 10.30am or 2.30pm.
  • You may have up to 130 guests.
  • On the day of your ceremony you will have exclusive use of the Victoria Hall for two hours.

If you would like to book a ceremony in any of the venues in the town hall or check availability please call 0208 921 5015 / 5016 to raise a call-back from a Registrar who will contact you to make the booking.

Please note:

  • We cannot book your ceremony/civil partnership until you have received clearance of your divorce/dissolution documents as part of the Notice process (if applicable).
  • If you are subject to immigration control we cannot book your ceremony/civil partnership until you have received clearance from the Home Office as part of the Notice process (if applicable).

Greenwich wedding brochure

Request a Registrar for a marriage or civil partnership ceremony

For ceremonies in the Edwardian room or register office, your booking includes booking of the registrars. If you choose to use a licensed venue, you need to coordinate the registrars separately.

View a list of approved licensed venues in Royal Greenwich

Arrange a Church of England wedding

If you want to get married in a Church of England or Church of Wales church, contact the vicar of the church in which you want to have your service.

If you're subject to immigration control and you want to marry in a Church of England or a Church of Wales church you'll need to give notice of your intention to marry.

Arrange a religious wedding (non-Church of England)

If you want a religious wedding in a place of worship that isn't at a Church of England or Church of Wales church, you'll need to give notice of your intention to marry.

You should contact your chosen place of worship direct to book your wedding.

You may need the superintendent registrar to attend your wedding – the superintendent registrar or your place of worship will tell you this.

Our register office will send you confirmation of your booking.