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.

List of approved premises in Ealing borough

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.

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, Pitshanger, 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 and Pitshanger 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 15 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.

Make a marriage booking

Make a civil partnership booking

Fees and charges

Marriages at an approved premise or registered building need to be booked with the venue and Ealing register office.

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.

Pay balance

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 certifcates 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 is included in the ceremony fee if the ceremony has been legalised by a registrar from Ealing Council. You can ask for extra copies on the day of the ceremony. They will cost £11 for each copy. All copies will be posted to you. 

Please note the cost of copy certificates increases over time.