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Marriage and civil ceremonies


The Register Office is now able to confirm that ceremonies can take place with numbers as follows:

  • Register Office – 4, couple and two witnesses
  • Croft Baker Ceremony Room – 26, including couple and two witnesses
  • Council Chamber – 64, including couple and two witnesses.

Numbers attending include adults and children.

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Marriage schedule system

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 will be implemented on 4 May 2021. This will see changes to the way your ceremony is registered as there will no longer be a paper register that you sign on the day, nor will you receive a marriage certificate on the day.

Marriage Schedule system leaflet (Word, 119KB)

Organising a marriage or civil partnership

You can get married or form a civil partnership if you are:

  • over the age of 18
  • not already marriage or in a civil partnership
  • not closely related

A couple has a legal requirement to attend their local register office between 12 months and 28 days of their ceremony to give notice of marriage or civil partnership.  Your notice will be displayed at the register office so that any person can make a legal objection to the marriage or civil partnership.

What you need to do

  1. Choose and book a date at the venue of your choice
  2. Check Cleethorpes Town Hall and Registrar availability by calling 01472 326295 option 2
  3. Pay the non-refundable booking fee to secure your date and time.  Information regarding yourself and your partner will also be required at this time.


Photocopies will not be accepted.

  • valid British/EU Passport or Birth Certificate (if you were born on or after 1 January 1983 and don’t have a valid passport, you must provide your birth certificate and your mother’s birth certificate or valid passport)
  • UK driving licence, utility bill, bank/Mortgage statement, Council Tax Bill or current residential tenancy agreement.  This must correspond with your current address
  • If you are not a British Citizen additional documentation may be required

You may also need to bring the originals of the following documents if they apply:

  • decree absolute (must be in English) – you will be charged if your divorce took place outside of England and Wales
  • any previous marriage certificates which show changes of names or martial status
  • death certificate of late spouse
  • change of name deed or statutory declaration
  • consent form if under the age of 18

Change your civil partnership into a marriage

Your civil partnership can only be changed to a marriage if you registered your legal relationship in England, Wales, overseas in a consulate or armed forces base.

One stage procedure

Only the two civil partners can attend this appointment. It is must take place in a civil setting which is located in Cleethorpes Town Hall.

  1. Completion of a declaration
  2. Signing of a declaration
  3. Registering the marriage
  4. Issue of the certificate

Two stage procedure

You may prefer to following your conversion with a civil ceremony with a civil ceremony. You can complete the declaration and the signing of the declaration at a later date and in a different location.

Contact details

North East Lincolnshire Register Office, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01472 326295

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to Midday and 1pm to 4pm, except bank holidays