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Updated 16 April 2021

If your marriage is due to take place in a licensed venue in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, please email  Registrar@royalgreenwich.gov.uk including the following:

  • Full contact details including email and telephone number
  • date
  • time
  • location of your wedding
  • Whether you have given Notice already, and if so the date

Upon receipt of your email we will send a Terms and Conditions form, Notice information and prices. If you wish to proceed please return your details for your request to be considered.

We will try to accommodate the time and date of your wedding but until the signed Terms and Conditions are received and payment has been made this is cannot be guaranteed. 

Due to the volumes of emails and enquires please do not send multiple emails regarding the same booking as we will respond in order of the date of the ceremony, and at the latest within 1 month of receiving your email. 

Should your ceremony be within 6 weeks we will prioritise your request and if you have not had a reply within 7 working days please email or call.

Greenwich Register Office is likely to be booked 6 months in advance. Please note the Register Office can only accommodate the couple and 2 witnesses. We have more availability in our Edwardian Room.

Due to the high level of requests we are dealing with dates will be discussed when we call to book and take payment. We will not be able to answer regular calls and emails to check dates are available as they might not be available by the time your booking takes place.

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 ceremonies planned within 3 months of a Notice appointment.

Wedding and civil partnership ceremony guest numbers

For the moment, we must follow current government guidance on social distancing, so the following applies:

No earlier than 12 April to no earlier than 17 May: ceremonies can take place in the Town Hall, religious buildings, Armed Forces chapels and approved venues that are currently open with a maximum of 15 people present. As we are required to abide by social distancing our Edwardian Room will allow a maximum capacity of 10 guests.

No earlier than 17 May to no earlier than 21 June: ceremonies with up to 30 people can take place. As we are required to abide by social distancing our Edwardian Room will allow a maximum capacity of 10 guests.

Restrictions reviewed for 21 June and extended to 19 July 2021: no legal limit on number who can attend weddings and other life events apart from the numbers determined by the licence of the room. Our Edwardian Room currently has 10 guest capacity and our Victoria Hall has 30 guest capacity in line with public health approval. Approved venues will be required to follow public health advice on guest numbers.

Social distancing will be reviewed before 19 July 2021, so we are unaware at this stage if masks and other social distancing measures will be required after that date.

The number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses, and guests, but 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 10 guests under current COVID-19 restrictions.  

  • 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.
  • Under current COVID-19 restrictions, maximum capacity is 15 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.