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Civil Partnerships

A civil partnership is a legally recognised partnership as an alternative to marriage.

Before you are able to form a civil partnership you must both Give Notice at least 29 days before your ceremony date.

To book your civil partnership ceremony or notice appointment please call 029 2087 1680.


Forming a Civil Partnership

Unlike a marriage there are no prescribed words that you may say, instead the partnership is formed by each of you reading a legal declaration and signing the civil partnership schedule in the presence of a Registrar and two witnesses.

For a Civil Partnership, a couple must be:

  • over 18
  • not related to each other
  • not in an existing marriage or civil partnership.

To arrange a Civil Partnership in Cardiff:

  • you need to give notice of your intention to register at the Register Office
  • you will need to reserve a time slot for your ceremony
  • pay the statutory fee for giving notice of intention

After 29 days of giving notice you can register your partnership by signing a civil partnership schedule in front of the registrar and your two witnesses.

There is also a single fee for the formation of the civil partnership.

Find out about planning your ceremony.

You are welcome to celebrate in any way that you choose, from a simple signing of the schedule with a Registrar and two witnesses to a full ceremony with family and friends. You don’t need to have a ceremony to form a civil partnership, however, if you are booking the Llandaff Suite or one of our approved venues we offer choices of ceremony to help make the day really special.

Converting Civil Partnerships

If you are interested in converting an existing Civil Partnership to a Marriage please contact us on 029 20871 680 or at

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