The Civil Partnerships (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which extend eligibility for forming civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, will come into force on 2 December 2019.
Gloucestershire Registration Authority is now able to take bookings for notices of civil partnership for any couple eligible to form a civil partnership to give notice from 2 December 2019, which will allow the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure to be formed from 31 December 2019.
There are two options for forming a Civil Partnership in Gloucestershire:
A statutory registration consists of signing a civil partnership schedule and comprises the couple, two witnesses and the civil partnership registrar. (No other guests, dependents or minors, however young, are able to attend this registration.) The registration will take place in a designated room at a registration office in Cheltenham or Gloucester and does not include any ceremony.
An enhanced ceremony will take place in one of our own ceremony rooms or at any of the licensed venues throughout the county. It enables you to make promises to each other and to exchange rings. The ceremony can include up to two non-religious readings and non-religious music. You may invite as many guests as the room is licensed to hold but this number must include the couple and the civil partnership registrar.
Booking your Civil Partnership
You will need to book Gloucestershire Registration Service to conduct your civil partnership, whether this is a registration office or an approved venue. The majority of ceremonies tend to be in the Spring and Summer and popular dates and times are booked up very quickly.
See all current fees, including our cancellation and amendment policy.
Once you have made your booking our ceremonies team will confirm the details in writing. At the time of making your booking a non refundable booking fee will be required.