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Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Changes to the way marriages are registered from 4th May 2021

New marriage legislation means that the way a marriage is registered has changed from 4th May 2021.
What will this mean for you?

If you are having a civil marriage or marrying in a Religious Building other than a Church of England Church 
If you are marrying at a Church of England Church


Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England

COVID control measures will still be in place within our buildings.  In order to keep everyone safe we are continuing with infection control measures on face coverings, washing hands and room ventilation.  Therefore we will be ensuring no over crowed spaces by complying with capacity limits on rooms, therefore the capacity of the room is 15 in total  both parties who are to marry, two witnesses , 10 seated guests and photographer.  (staff not included) – if you are not having a photographer an additional guest may be invited. 

Outdoor marriages and civil partnerships

Following an announcement by UK Government on Sunday 20 June, from 1 July changes are being introduced to allow legal outdoor civil marriages and civil partnership registrations to take place within the grounds of approved premises.  

The number of guests who can attend civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies depend on how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place.  This will be based on the Covid-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.  Couples are asked to contact their venue to discuss options for existing and new bookings.   
For further information on outdoor civil marriages and civil partnership ceremonies please see the following link:

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 of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership

You are required by law to give notice of marriage at 28 days before the ceremony can take place at the Register office in the district in which you reside. Please note a marriage notice is only valid for 12 months
When you attend to make the formal arrangments, you will need to produce certain documents to confirm your name, age, marital status and nationality.
Mandatory documents:
 -    A current valid passport.  If you do not have a valid passport you must bring a full birth certificate (if   
     you were born after 1 January 1983 a copy of you mothers full birth certificate or passport is also
     required)  If you do not have a passport and are bringing a borth certificate you will also need to
     provide a form of photo ID, eg driving licence.
 -    You must supply a document to show you address in Tameside.  One of the following is acceptable:    
     Utility bill, dated within 2 months, bank statement dated within 1 month, or the most recent Council
     tax bill.
  -   If you have been widowed the death certificate of your spouse

  •     If you are divorced, a decree absolute bearing the courts original stamp (if you were divorced  outside the UK, please contact the Register office for advice)
 -    Any documents relating to change of name
  •   You will be charged £35.00 each to give notice

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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