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Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships National Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 4 January further national restrictions will come into force from 00:01 6 January in England. Stay at Home - GOV.UK ( guidance
The regulations which cover the national restrictions will provide for people to meet with others from outside their household for the purpose of marriages and civil partnerships but these must only take place with a maximum of 6 attendees and where these can be delivered safely in COVID-19 secure venues. This includes those where a Registrar General’s licence has been issued which can take place in private dwellings or other settings such as hospices and hospitals where safe to do so.
Whilst the legal position is that marriages and civil partnerships can continue to take place (subject to the limits on numbers) Government Guidance says that they should only take place in exceptional circumstances. The maximum number of 6 that are allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.
Tameside Register Office will deliver ceremonies in line with the Government’s recommendation that ceremonies should only take place in exceptional circumstances with a maximum of 4 at the Register office (owing to size of room) and 6 at an Approved Premise in a COVID-19 secure venue.

Examples of exceptional circumstances are as follows:

  • One of the applicants or close relative such as parent has been told that they have limited life expectancy; where one of the applicants is pregnant; moving abroad; going into army, undergoing debilitating treatment or life changing surgery.
We will consider all requests on their own merits and in the prevailing circumstances.
The Police have enforcement options for leaving home and gatherings and where there are no exceptions and if the number of attendees exceed the numbers allowed within the exception they may take such action as is necessary to enforce any restrictions imposed by the regulations.
If you break the rules - The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings, which includes more than the maximum number for a wedding and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).
This also means you must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. No exemptions are given to celebrate marriages or civil partnerships.
You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
Keeping you and your friends and family safe - Please remember when meeting friends and family to attend a wedding - you should also follow guidance on social distancing and letting in fresh air

The marriage and civil partnership room for Tameside Register Office is located at the Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm..

Statutory Notice
Registration for Solemnising Marriage
and Forming a Civil Partnership

Click the thumbnails below to see the bigger pictures of Dukinfield Town Hall, and the Register Office.

Dukinfield Town Hall Dukinfield Town Hall Interior Dukinfield Town Hall Register Office Dukinfield Town Hall Register Office Dukinfield Town Hall Register Office

Emergency “out of hours”

An emergency “out of hours” service is available for the following only-

  • A Registrars General Licence provides for a marriage to take place in circumstances where one of the parties is seriously ill and not expected to recover and cannot be moved to a place where the marriage could normally be solemnized. Marriage by Registrar General’s licence cannot take place in a register office, approved premises or a registered building. There are no other circumstances where a Registrars General Licence can be issued.

This service can be requested via the Council’s 24 hour emergency call centre on 0161 342 2222.


Contact Information
Contact by Post

Tameside Register Office
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Tameside One
PO BOX 317
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 5032

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