Civil marriages and partnerships

Latest info (coronavirus)

Following the government's announcement on 22 February 2021 which outlined the recovery roadmap for England, we are delighted to now have clarity around wedding and civil partnership ceremonies from 8 March 2021 onwards. We'd like to share this detail with you regarding ceremonies, funerals and commemorative events as follows - 

  • From 8 March 2021, weddings and civil partnerships will be permitted with 6 attendees but only under exceptional circumstances.; for example, where one of those getting married or forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover or is due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. 
  • From the 29 March, weddings and civil partnerships will be permitted with 6 attendees (in locations where covid security restrictions will allow them).  
  • From no earlier than 12 April 2021, weddings, civil partnerships,  receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open). 
  • From no earlier than 17 May 2021,  weddings, civil partnerships, receptions, funerals, and commemorative events including wakes can proceed with up to 30 attendees (in locations where covid security restrictions will allow them). 
  • From no earlier than 21 June 2021 there will be no legal attendance limits placed on any life events. 
  • HOWEVER, OUR CEREMONY ROOMS WILL REMAIN RESTRICTED BY SOCIAL DISTANCING UNTIL 21ST JUNE 2021
  • TYNE VIEW ROOM 10 , RIVER SUITE 6 AND REGISTER OFFICE ROOM 4 ATTENDEES

The government will announce one week in advance of each of these dates whether restrictions will be eased as planned, as before changes can be made in line with this timetable, its essential that the government criteria has been met. 

Covid safety measures (social distancing and facemasks) will still be in place to ensure everyone's safety until further notice 

If you have any queries regarding weddings or civil partnerships, please contact the Ceremony Team on registrars@northtyneside.gov.uk

Appointments   

We are still permitted to remain open for Notice of Marriage and Civil Partnership appointments, and parents can attend our offices to register births on an appointment basis. Please note that if you are looking to book a notice appointment, we are only able to take notices that are within 3 months of your marriage or civil partnership date.  Any notice appointments that are already booked will not need to be rescheduled.  

Marriage Schedule System

On Tuesday 4th May 2021 the way in which weddings are registered changed with the implementation of the Marriage Schedule System. The system will move away from the current paper marriage register to registration in an electronic register.

The changes will apply to all weddings in England and Wales regardless of where the wedding is held (i.e. Register Office, church, religious premise, or approved premise).

 

 The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Schedule, which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.
  • After the ceremony the information contained in the Schedule will be entered into an electronic register.

 

The Marriage Certificate

Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage. These will be processed in a specified timescale by the Registration Office in business hours for collection/postage in line with the couple’s choice.

 

Parents’ details

The electronic register will allow for the names of up to four parents (mother/father/parent/step-parent) for each partner to be included in the marriage entry and on marriage certificates, instead of only fathers' names as is currently the case.

 

Ceremony choices

The changes outlined above will not affect your ceremony choices so your ceremony can go ahead as planned.

You will be provided with more details at the time you give your notice of marriage. 

 

Marriages in Religious Premises (not Church of England)

The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Schedule, which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.

The Marriage Certificate

  • Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage.
  • The relevant person from the Religious Building or their representative will be expected to return the signed schedule to the Register Office in the District where the marriage took place within 21 days.
  • The details of the marriage will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days and only then can a Marriage Certificate be issued.
  • Marriage Certificates will be available from the Register Office service in the area where the marriage took place.

 You will be provided with more details at the time you give your notice of marriage. 

 

Church of England Marriages

The Marriage Register

  • Couples will no longer be invited to sign a marriage register.
  • The register will be replaced with a Marriage Document, which is an A4 document which will be signed by the officiants, the couple, and their witnesses.
  • The Marriage Document will be issued by the Minister at the Church where the marriage is taking place.

 

The Marriage Certificate

  • Couples will not receive a marriage certificate on the day of the marriage.
  • The Minister or their representative will be expected to return the signed Marriage Document to the Register Office in the District where the marriage took place within 21 days.
  • The details of the marriage will be entered onto the electronic marriage register within the following 7 days and only then can a Marriage Certificate be issued.
  • Marriage Certificates will be available from the Register Office service in the area where the marriage took place.

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Detailed infomation can be found below, but for further information or any questions, email us or download our wedding guide.

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First things first

If you want to marry or form a civil partnership, both you and your partner must:

  • come to the register office and give notice, even if you're getting married/forming a partnership somewhere else
  • have lived in England or Wales for at least eight days

To make an appointment email us.

A notice is:

  • valid for twelve months after the superintendent registers it
  • only valid for the venue on the notice - if you change your mind you'll both need to give new notices and pay another fee
  • £35 for each notice (per person) payable by credit or debit card

We will:

  • display the notice at the register office for 28 clear days, so you must give at least thirty days notice
  • then issue an authority for the marriage/partnership

If the marriage/partnership is in a church, you must either:

  • collect the certificate and take it to the church where the event will take place
  • ask us to post the certificate to your home address, for you to deliver to the relevant church

If the minister doesn't have the authorities before hand, your marriage/partnership might be delayed or postponed.

 

 

Marry/form a civil partnership at our register office

We conduct civil marriages and civil partnerships at our registry office.

Register office fees and facilities
Room Day             Fee Capacity
Tyne View
1st floor room
Monday to Thursday                  £266                            70 guests
Tyne View
1st floor room
Friday and Saturday                  £297                             70 guests
River Suite Monday to Saturday                  £200                             16 guests
Register office room  Friday am only                  £57 Parties to the marriage and 1 witness each

 

A non-refundable booking fee of £40 is required for every ceremony booked.

Please note: The fees for certificates issued after marriage/civil partnership are:

  • £11 standard certificate issued within 5 working days
  • £35 priority cerficate issued within 24 hours

Marry/form a civil partnership at another approved venue

We also conduct civil marriages and civil partnerships at other approved venues in North Tyneside.

Registrar fees

The fee for the Superintendent and the Registrar to attend a civil marriage or civil partnership at a registered venue is:

Registrar fees
Day Fee
Monday to Friday £456
Saturday £493
Sunday and bank holidays £562

A non-refundable booking fee of £40 is required for every ceremony booked

Other approved venues in North Tyneside

Venues and facilities
Venue Rooms and capacity

The Hall
Station Road
Backworth
NE27 0AH
Telephone (0191) 268 4247
Website: www.backworthhall.co.uk

Newton room - 55 guests
Grey room - 100 guests

Spanish City Dome
Marine Avenue
Whitley Bay
NE26 1BG
Telephone (0191) 6917090
Website: www.events@spanishcity.co.uk

Function Room - 220 guests
Lower Dome - 150 guests
Champagne Bar - 100 guests
1910 - 65 guests
Upper Dome - 60 guests

Wallsend Hall
The Green
Wallsend
Telephone: (0191) 2637022
Website: www.wallsendhall.co.uk

The Assembly Room - 200 guests
Parlour Room - 50 guests
Upstairs Room - 200 guests

St Mary's Lighthouse and Visitor Centre
St Mary's Island
Whitley Bay
Telephone: (0191) 200 8650

Conference Room - 50 guests
Village Hotel Newcastle
Cobalt Business Park, West Allotment
Telephone: (0191) 338 5245
Website: www.village-hotels.co.uk
Inspiration Suites - 250 guests
Vibe Suite - 200 guests

The Grand Hotel
Tynemouth
Telephone: (0191) 293 6666
Website: www.grandhoteltynemouth.co.uk

The Orchid Suite - 150 guests
The Pearl Room - 100 guests

The Park Hotel
Tynemouth
Telephone: (0191) 257 1406
Website: www.parkhoteltynemouth.co.uk

Bay Room - 50 guests
Rotary Room - 100 guests
Collingwood Suite - 100/200 guests
Longsands - 200 guests
Ballroom - 600 guests

Nineteen32
Linksill Centre
Linskill Terrace
North Shields
Telephone (0191) 257 8000
Website: Weddings

 
The Town Hall Chambers
High Street East 
Wallsend 
NE28 7AT 
Telephone: (0191) 5009777
Website: www.townhallchambers.com
Grand Chamber - 120 guests
Grand Staircase/Reception - 40 guests
Hallway/Corridor - 20 guests
Boardroom - 15 guests

The Wheatsheaf
Benton Square
Whitley Road
Benton
NE12 9SU
Telephone (0191) 2709888

Main Room 120 guests
Restaurant 60 guests

Please note: The fees for certificates purchased afte rmarriage/civil partnership are:

  • £11 Standard certificate issued within 5 working days
  • £35 for a priority certificate issued within 24 hours

Convert your civil partnership to a marriage

For information on converting a civil partnership to a marriage, visit GOV.UK.

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Corrections to Marriage/Civil Partnership

From 1st November 2017 anyone applying to have a correction made to a marriage or Civil Partnership entry will be charged a fee of £90, if the error is deemed to be incorrect information given to the registrar at the time of the marriage. This fee is for the consideration of a correction only and is not refundable should the correction not be granted.

Foreign Divorce/Civil Partnership Dissolution

From 1st November 2017 any foreign divorce document or Foreign Civil Partnership dissolution obtained outside the British Isles which is a requirement for legal notice of marriage/civil partnership, will incur a fee of £50 to £75. This fee is for the consideration of the document only and is not refundable. The fee is payable at the time of notice appointment.