Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies
If you are planning to get married or form a civil partnership in the UK, there are legal preliminaries that must be completed before the ceremony can take place. You may need give a notice of intention before getting married.
Where can I get married?
A ceremony can take place in:
- a register office
- an approved premises
- a registered building
- a church or chapel of the Church of England or Church in Wales
- a naval, military or air force chapel registered for marriage
- at the residence of a housebound or detained person.
Please be aware that the list of approved premises in Ealing changes regularly. If your desired venue is not on our list please contact the venue directly to ensure they are officially registered for legal marriages before contacting us. With the exception of The Brentham Club, the fee you pay online, is for the registrars to attend your ceremony and does not include venue hire fees.
If you want to have a ceremony in a registered building, a church or chapel of the Church of England or Church in Wales, please contact the person in charge of the building. Talk to them about the date and time of your ceremony and also confirm they are registered for marriage.
What does Ealing Register Office offer?
Since 30 June 2019, we no longer hold civil ceremonies at Ealing Town Hall. We are pleased to announce that since 5 July 2019, our ceremonies now take place in the beautiful surrounds of The Brentham Club, Ealing.
Brentham Club is set in 12 acres of conservation land beside the River Brent in Ealing fringed with deciduous woodland. The Brentham Club was established in 1911 to provide sport and leisure facilities to the Ealing Communities. This venue has played a significant part in British sporting history as Fred Perry played tennis here for 16 years from 1919 to 1935.
With its attractive grounds and ample parking, this venue is ideally suited for civil ceremonies.
If you would like to view the Brentham Club, please contact Ealing Register Office via the enquiry form. Staff at the Brentham Club are unable to assist you with any marriage or civil partnership queries. These can only be addressed by a registrar. If you wish to book a ceremony then this must be completed online, using the link below.
You will need to book a ceremony
We are pleased to announce that we are back to holding weddings and civil partnerships.
Due to the current government guidance surrounding social distancing, you are allowed to bring a maximum of 18 guests to your ceremony, in addition to yourselves, your two witnesses and a photographer.
We will make sure our registrars help to make your day special and safe.
We will have hand sanitiser available and we will set the ceremony room up to ensure you and your guests are one metre apart.
We ask that you follow the government guidelines surrounding social distancing, before, during and after your ceremony and that you only bring the permitted number of guests. Additional guests will not be allowed to attend the ceremony.
You and your guests must arrive on time for your ceremony and leave the venue premises as soon as your ceremony is finished.
Marriages at all marriage venues except The Brentham Club, need to be booked with the venue and online with Ealing Register office. All approved premises charge a room hire fee that must by paid before you book your ceremony online. Your booking onliine is for the registrars to attend the wedding and does not inclde the venue hire fees. You will need to order marriage/civil partnership certificates online once you are married/civil partnered.
For a marriage at the Brentham Club, please select The Brentham Club from the pick list to see their availability and to book. There will be no additional venue hire fees to pay. You will just need to order marriage/civil partnership certificates online once you are married/civil partnered.
Ceremonies will usually take place between 8am and 6pm. However, later ceremony times will be considered in some circumstances. Please contact the register office for further information.
Deposit and cancellations
A deposit is payable at the time of booking. If you attend the appointment, the deposit will be used towards payment for the service. The full fee for the ceremony must be paid six weeks before the date of the ceremony.
If you need to cancel or make changes to your ceremony, your fee may be retained and an additional fee may be applied. For more details please see our ceremony cancellation and amendments policy.
What happens after the ceremony?
From 4 May 2021 marriages will be changing forever. The couple and their witnesses will no longer sign a marriage register during the ceremony. They will be required to sign a marriage schedule instead. This will then have to be digitised to create an online register entry - rather than a physical one. Since a marriage ceritifcate is a certified copy of the marriage entry, a marriage certificate cannot be issued until the marriage is registered on our electronic system. Therefore, marriage certificates will no longer be issued at the marriage ceremony. They will be posted out via recorded delivery to a home address.
The charge for this copy is £11 and can be ordered online after the ceremony. You can order as many copies as you need. All copies will be posted to you.